- Apple’s operating environments have some substantial advantages when transferring items
- Google, Microsoft and Samsung strive to match the proposals of those from Cupertino
- How to stream Android apps to Chromebook with Google’s new trick?
Apple’s operating environments have some substantial advantages over those of Google, Microsoft, and Samsung. However, these last three firms have been working lately so that the gap is not so important. Proof of this, we find that Although things aren’t as smooth on Chrome OS as they are on MacOS, you can still push apps from your Android to your Chromebook. This is how you should do it for a good experience.
As we said, if you have an iPhone you probably don’t need anyone to explain to you how well it works when connected to a Mac. Thanks to AirDrop you will be able to transfer items from one computer to another in a simple way. You also have iMessage to reply to messages, and so we could list different useful solutions.
Meanwhile, as far as its main rivals are concerned, we find Phone Link, the function formerly called Link to Windows, which tries to give us the same possibilities that characterize iOS and MacOS.
In recent months, things have become especially attractive for users who use Samsung terminals, since the South Korean has been working with Redmond to improve the relationship between software. Due, you can launch apps downloaded on your phone on a laptop running Chrome OS.
How is Google’s new trick for the Pixel?
At the beginning of 2022, Google introduced a functionality similar to that offered by Phone Link but, curiously, it did not focus on optimizing this system but on presenting a new one for Pixel mobiles.
Confirmed during CES 2022 in Las Vegas, progress since then has been less than expected. With that said, the update to Chrome OS Canary 114 and its “Cross-Device Services” could definitely change the delivery of apps from smartphones running Android operating system to Chromebook laptops.
Combining this platform with a new app available in the Play Store, the process is much more similar to what we have in Apple environments., which is undoubtedly good news for those who often complain about how far behind Google, Microsoft and Samsung are compared to those of Cupertino. But how is the procedure?
Send apps from your Android to Chromebook, step by step
- Open your Chromebook’s Settings
- Click on Connected devices in the sidebar
- Click the Configure button and follow the steps that appear on the screen
- Once connected, select your Android phone in the Connected Devices section
- Make sure Phone Hub is enabled and click the switch next to Apps to turn it on
- From the next window, click on Next and, on the taskbar, click on Phone at the bottom right
- In the Recent Apps section, tap on the name of the app you want to stream
When this function was made available to users for the first time, the most enthusiastic began to test its ultimate potential. Google removed Cross-Device Services from the Play Store at one time, but recently we saw them appear again among the store apps. That makes you think that he won’t leave anymore.
What we could not assure, under any point of view, is that this will not become another of those exclusive functions of the Pixel, leaving aside terminals such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra or the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Streaming apps to Chromebook could be key
Considering that the universe of applications in Android is much larger than in iOS, the possibility of sending mobile applications to Chrome OS could be key in Google’s attempt to fight Apple in productivity.
If today Phone Hub already means having access to a good variety of applications to transmit, it is easy to believe that Google will continue to develop this connectivity to refine it and make it increasingly useful and fluid..
Of course, reaching the level of synchronization that Apple devices have will not be easy. Likewise, knowing that Google is concerned and that it is progressing in parallel with Phone Link is great news.
Would you like the opportunity to send Android apps to Chromebook without limitations?