Google recently announced the introduction of Phone Link, a feature which allows users to link Android phones to Chromebook laptops.
The feature was announced to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Chromebook’s release, celebrating the first major milestone for the operating system and range of affordable low to mid range laptops.
Phone Link feature enables users to respond to mobile texts and check the battery life of a phone from a Chromebook.
Alongside this, a number of other improvements to the Chrome OS operating service were shown off as well.
New Chrome Features
Google is also expanding the feature set of the Chrome OS. The update includes improved Wi-Fi sync, expanded screenshot tools, a new file holding space tired Dote, an improved clipboard for copying and pasting and even an updated desktop space for faster working.
The new Wi-Fi sync allows Chromebooks to connect to a wider range of trusted Wi-Fi networks that you’ve previously connected to with your Android phone. As long as you’ve got the same Google account signed in across both accounts, your Chromebook will now sync with even more devices.
A new screen capture function allows users to take both screenshots and also now recordings. The expanded capture functions are linked directly with the new Tote feature, allowing users to take screenshots and place them directly in the easy-to-access Tote file storage.
One of the biggest additions is the introduction of Nearby Share, a feature which functions similarly to AirDrop, enabling users to share files seamlessly. Users with Chromebooks, a Chrome OS device or Android can seamlessly share files between devices, a feature which will no doubt prove popular in workspaces based around Android.
You can find all the details on Chromebook’s new list of features here.
After ten years in the market, it’s no surprise that there is a wide selection of Chromebooks available from numerous businesses. Google announced last year that there were over 40 millions Chromebooks in educational use alone, so it’s fair to say the affordable laptop range has performed well.
It comes as no surprise that Google shows no intentions of slowing down, as it announced plans to release 50 new Chromebooks this year. There’s no word on what those Chromebooks may look like, but we’ll let you know as soon as there are any updates.
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