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Google is Developing “Chromoting,” a Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android

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Recently discovered by François Beaufort, the same man who leaks other Chrome-related news thanks to his very in-depth looks at source code, Google’s Chromium team appears to be working on a new Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android. Being called Chromoting, the app can connect to any user’s desktop computer, allowing for viewing and manipulating of a host’s desktop. 

The source code for the app is there and Beaufort even installed it, but said there is very minimal amount of usability. So far, the app can authenticate an account, connect and communicate with the host service and establish a peer-to-peer channel. There is still no ability to view the host’s desktop or any type of input functionality. So for now, it’s in the very pre-release Alpha stage.

Apps and extensions like this already exist, but there is nothing out by Google that ties directly into Chrome and an Android app. If and when released, you could probably think of this as something like TeamViewer, but with a somewhat limited functionality (browser based), but we just don’t know yet.

We will keep an eye on it for you.

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Via: The Next Web

  • ~@lonewillow~

    There’s already an app that does this: Splashtop2 Remote Desktop. It works really well. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote.pad.v2

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  • Agent 86

    NSA Seal of Approval!

  • Tyler

    Chrowaiting

  • Stevedub40

    Awesome! I’ve been waiting for this ever since I started using Chrome Remote Desktop.

  • John Clausen

    Chrome OS weird. I would kill to have a top of the line laptop that runs Android.

  • cgalyon

    I’ve used Splashtop in the past and have had very good luck with it (on a variety of systems). Curious to see Google’s take on this.

  • Guest

    What theme is that?

  • duoexo

    How about a way to control your nexus 7 from your phone. I tend to leave my nexus 7 playing from Google Play Music. And it be cool to skip songs when I’m in the other room. Yes I’m lazy.

    • john

      Better yet, just add device sync to Google Music so that no matter what device we are on, we can pick up where we left off.

      • Justin W

        Love this idea – would be awesome to start up a radio station where I left off instead of starting all over again.

  • Nex

    Isn’t something like this available in google+? Is this to do the same from Android device?

  • Shane Redman

    prep for the chromekey???

    Edit: Yes, now that we know a lot about the New Nexus7, I’ve moved on to a longing for either this or NexusQ type device for next Wed.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i was thinking the same thing about the chrome key….

  • GarHIII

    Doubt the final name will be chromoting. Google typically has funny names for internal system apk’s…The phone apk right now is phonesky correct?

    • rstat1

      It’s been called ‘Chromoting” for quite sometime.

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmm cool. I could help my parents out when they have computer troubles. An Android-to-Android client would also be helpful because they just bought a tablet (their first smart device).

    • Adam Truelove

      I use Chrome Remote Desktop to fix my dad’s computer all the time, even when he’s not there.

      • michael arazan

        My brother has helped me out by just using Hangout video chat just showed him what was wrong over the phone and told me what to do when syncing my printer to my tablet and wifi, have a crappy hp printer

  • thecharrr

    Sounds cool, maybe this will be the magical free remote desktop service the world deserves (LogMeIn wants me to pay $20 for a native android client, lolno)

  • Kiril Vatev

    François is not leaking anything. He is advertising. He works on the Chrome team.

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      Doubt the final name will be
      chromoting. Google typically has funny names for internal system
      apk’s…The phone apk right now is phonesky correct?