Over the past year, Google has been developing new Android and Chromebook technologies to more effectively connect smartphones and computers. With the release of ChromeOS version 103 today, Chromebooks can now connect to Android phones more easily.
A new recent photographs section is being added to ChromeOS’s Phone Hub feature, which was introduced last year. You will be able to easily view the most recent images you’ve shot on your phone inside the Phone Hub thanks to the ChromeOS version 103. It’s a simple method to avoid having to go through Google Photographs to discover recent photos or sending oneself a snapshot. Even when you’re offline, it functions.
Google is also enhancing its Nearby Share function, which enables Chromebooks to connect to any Android phone-saved Wi-Fi network. This parallels the clever connection Apple offers between iOS devices and Mac to quickly exchange Wi-Fi passwords, making it simpler if a friend or member of your family wants to access your Wi-Fi while using a Chromebook.
In actuality, Google’s latest updates to ChromeOS are part of a larger initiative to compete with Microsoft’s Phone Link work and Apple’s ecosystem connectors. Throughout 2022, Google will release software enhancements under the “Better Together” effort that will enhance the interoperability of Android, Chromebooks, and Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Google is developing a mechanism that will enable you to directly use third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram on a Chromebook by mirroring any messaging app on your phone on the laptop.
This summer, connecting Bluetooth headphones will also be simpler thanks to Google’s “Fast Pair” technology. When a fresh set of Bluetooth headphones approaches, Chromebooks will instantly recognise them, and a pop-up notice will make pairing simple. It resembles the simple pairing process offered by Windows or when using AirPods on a Mac.
More “Better Together” capabilities will be made accessible in the future, according to Google, which also promises to “share more exciting Chromebook news this summer.”