Phone Hub for Chrome OS is Now Available for Testing

Posted on February 14, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Chrome OS, Chromebook, Mobile with 7 Comments

Image credit: Android Police

Last summer, we learned that Google was working on a Your Phone-like app for Chrome OS called Phone Hub. Now it’s ready for public testing.

According to recent reports—like this one in Android Police—the new Phone Hub feature can now be tested in Chrome OS 89 (Dev) and 90 (Canary), and it’s got a much cleaner and more polished UI than it did in its initial leaked appearance last August.

Unlike with Windows 10’s Your Phone, which is implemented as an app, the Phone Hub feature provides a more integrated experience, with a fly-out window, similar to that provided by notifications in Chrome OS. But the basics are very similar to Your Phone in that it lets you access phone features from your Chromebook. You can view the open Chrome tabs on your phone, get and respond to notifications, and toggle your phone’s hotspot.

What’s missing, of course, is phone calling and copy and paste between the two devices, two features that Microsoft’s Your Phone does provide in Windows 10. (Chrome OS already supports Messages integration with Android.)

Still, it’s a smart move, given that Apple already offers tremendous integration between iPhones and Macs in its own ecosystem. And while Your Phone is buggy and unreliable, the sheer amount of integration functionality is still impressive.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Phone Hub for Chrome OS is Now Available for Testing”

  1. Paul Tarnowski

    They should own up to the name association and play a specific riff every time the app starts.

  2. harrymyhre

    messages integration will be great. My sister has had an iPhone for years. She recently bought an iPad and within a few weeks, she figured out she could use iMessage to send texts from her iPad - using the nice sized keyboard on the iPad. Same will happen here with Chromebooks.

  3. bluvg

    "And while Your Phone is buggy and unreliable, the sheer amount of integration functionality is still impressive."


    Philosophical question: if a feature is buggy and unreliable, is it still a feature?

  4. angus g

    I can't be the only one who misread the headline as another hub starting with P.

  5. CajunMoses

    Google Voice users have everything that Your Phone offers and more. Phone Hub may be another run at getting Chromebook users to run more Android apps.

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