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Google extends Android app streaming to Chromebooks

What To Know

  • Google has officially released the Chrome OS M115 update, making Android app streaming available to a wider audience on Chromebooks.
  • However, the availability of this feature is currently limited to a select few Android 13-capable phones, specifically the Pixel 4a or later for Google users, and at least a 12T for Xiaomi fans.
  • To utilize the app streaming, both the Chromebook and phone must be connected to the same WiFi network and physically close to each other.
  • Nevertheless, this update brings Chromebooks closer to offering phone integration similar to what is found in macOS and Windows, providing users with added convenience and the ability to stay focused while working.

Google has officially released the Chrome OS M115 update, making Android app streaming available to a wider audience on Chromebooks. With Phone Hub enabled, users can now directly run Android apps from their mobile devices without having to install them on their computers.

This feature allows for convenient multitasking, enabling users to respond to messages or check updates without the need to pick up their phones.

However, the availability of this feature is currently limited to a select few Android 13-capable phones, specifically the Pixel 4a or later for Google users, and at least a 12T for Xiaomi fans. To utilize the app streaming, both the Chromebook and phone must be connected to the same WiFi network and physically close to each other.

In some cases, certain networks may not support the feature, but Chrome OS’ Instant Tethering can be used to establish a connection when necessary.

Google OS M115 Enables Android App Streaming on Select Devices

It’s worth noting that this functionality is more suitable for responding to notifications rather than using intensive apps or games. For those tasks, installing the apps directly is still recommended.

Nevertheless, this update brings Chromebooks closer to offering phone integration similar to what is found in macOS and Windows, providing users with added convenience and the ability to stay focused while working.

Additionally, the M115 upgrade brings further enhancements, such as the ability to sign PDF documents and save signatures for future use. Google has also revamped the Shortcut app, providing a new interface and simplifying in-app search for a more user-friendly experience.

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