Google has been working to supply higher integration between Android telephones and Chromebooks for years with options like its Cellphone Hub, however with its new “Push” characteristic, Google appears prefer it’s nearer to delivering a correct various to Apple’s Handoff characteristic for Macs and iPhones.
After being seen within the first Android 12 preview again in February, as a part of its APK Perception collection, 9to5Google noticed a latest replace that sheds some new gentle on a promising upcoming characteristic headed to Google telephones and laptops.
In keeping with 9to5Google, Push can be introduced as a brand new button in Android 12 that can assist you to “Use your cellphone’s apps immediately on [a Chromebook] while you’re at residence,” so you’ll be able to extra simply swap between units with out losing time determining the place you left off.
On Chrome OS units, the handoff from Android telephones can be dealt with by a brand new characteristic codenamed “Eche” that helps mirroring apps from Android telephones. Sadly, the inclusion of a string (com.google.pixel.exo) means that the brand new Push characteristic could also be unique to Google’s first-party Pixel telephones, at the very least initially.
9to5Google discovered that there are at present two methods of pushing an app from a cellphone to a Chromebook: opening the Recents menu in Android 12 and manually urgent the Push button, or clicking on one of many mirrored notifications that pop up inside Chrome OS, eliminating the necessity to contact your cellphone in any respect.
Nonetheless, as an alternative of working the brand new app natively in your Chromebook, it appears the way in which Push works is by streaming a video feed out of your cellphone to your Chromebook, which appears a bit unusual contemplating most Chromebooks already include the flexibility to run Android apps natively in Chrome OS.
That stated, if Google wished to save lots of the present state of the app in your cellphone to be able to ship that information to your Chromebook and reopen it there, 9to5Google says that course of may require builders to doubtlessly make large modifications to the way in which their apps are coded, which may make the characteristic way more troublesome to implement throughout the tens of millions of varied Android apps.
Presently, it’s not clear when Google’s new Push characteristic for Android telephones and Chromebooks will turn into formally out there. However with Google rumored to be prepping for a giant product showcase for the Pixel 6 and different Google units someday this fall (most probably in October if earlier occasions are any indication), there’s a great probability Push will get launched someday earlier than the tip of the 12 months.