[Update: Click to Call for Desktop] Google may add clipboard, Wi-Fi password, and phone number sharing between Chrome OS and Android
Google currently maintains only two operating systems, Android for mobile devices and Chrome OS for laptops. Though these two share a lot of similarities, they still don’t make a very unified ecosystem. Google has been trying to change that, first by introducing the Play Store to Chrome OS, and then by adding Instant Tethering support to many Android devices and Chromebooks. It looks like the development team is now working to add more integration between systems.
Chrome Story found a commit named “OneChrome demo” in the bug tracker. OneChrome looks to be a work-in-progress project which includes a couple of features. The most important one is probably sharing phone numbers between systems. The relevant code makes us think that you will be able to send the number found online on Chromebook to your Android device. The phone should open a dialer with the number already typed in, so you will be able to initiate a call with just one tap. The OneChrome commit also includes clues about sharing the clipboard between Chrome OS and Android. We should also mention that both of these connections are secured with end-to-end encryption, which makes man-in-the-middle attacks impossible. That way, you can share phone numbers and clipboard data (both sensitive information) without worrying much.
The third feature is the Wi-Fi password syncing between devices. As mentioned in the relevant commit’s comments, the feature is supposed to be syncing this data exclusively to Chrome OS devices. But one of the reviewers from Google mentions that there’s a possibility of the feature making it to Android. This would definitely make things easier for long-time Android users who just decided to use Chrome OS devices. All you will have to do is enter one Wi-Fi password during the setup, and all the others will be restored from the Google account you use on your Android device.
It goes without saying that all of these features are at their earliest stages. We don’t have an estimated time of the release for them, but they will most likely be introduced to the Canary channel sooner or later.
Update: Click to Call for Desktop
Originally, we talked about the Click to Call feature for Chrome OS. It turns out there is also integration planned for Chrome on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. We found a couple of commits regarding the feature. First, a flag called “click-to-call-context-menu-selected-text” enables the click-to-call option to be shown in the context menu when users right-click a phone number. The second commit pertains to Android integration. Older than Android Q, the dialer is opened right away. But with Android Q, the user will have to tap a notification to open the dialer. This is due to Android Q blocking background activity launches.
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