Google is Working on a Your Phone for Chromebooks

Posted on August 17, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Chrome OS, Chromebook with 10 Comments

Looks like Microsoft may be onto something: Google is essentially making a version of its Your Phone app, but for Chrome OS. It’s called Phone Hub.

News of the new Chrome OS feature comes via Android Police and 9to5Google, each of which provides a piece of the puzzle. According to a new Chrome OS features flag, Phone Hub will “provide a UI for users to view information about their Android phone and perform phone-side actions within Chrome OS.” These actions will include notifications and task continuation, the latter of which would exceed Your Phone’s abilities and could work similarly to the Continuity functionality that Apple provides to users in its ecosystem.

According to 9to5Google, connectivity between your Android phone and Chromebook will occur over Bluetooth. And it has linked to a Google video showing how the notifications functionality will be enabled in Chrome OS.

And Android Police says that Phone Hub will include other Your Phone-like features, like app mirroring. Chrome OS today does support some phone integration, including Instant Tethering, support for the Smart Unlock, and the Google Messages PWA.

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