Back in July, we observed some snippets of code buried in Chrome OS that suggested Chromebook owners would shortly get the chance to send SMS messages from their laptops via their Android phones. Very well, it seems to be like the attribute is arriving with Android eight.one.
The Android code hints at the exact attribute – SMS Connect – and this time there are accompanying messages that exhibit how to set up the attribute. For now it isn’t going to seem to be to be doing work (Android eight.one is even now in beta) but it truly is a excellent wager that the performance will go stay shortly (probably a thing to contemplate if you are in the sector for a new notebook).
“Browse and reply to messages on your Chromebook,” points out the uncovered splash display screen. “To set up SMS Connect, allow for accessibility to your phone calls, messages, and contacts. Your wireless carrier’s normal messaging premiums may apply.”
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Different browser insert-ons and third-occasion providers have enabled this kind of performance for years, so it can make feeling for Google to bake it right into Chrome OS – plus Apple has the restricted integration among macOS and iOS as much as iMessage goes, so Google is actively playing capture up in this spot (in particular as Google Hangouts looks to be organization-focused now).
The revealing code was first noticed by Ars Technica and it looks that SMS Connect can also be enabled on a Chromebook by switching one of the browser flags – while it truly is even now not practical even when you do that.
It also seems to be probably that this will be a Pixel distinctive, at minimum to get started with, simply because of mentions of the Pixel units in the code. Pixel phones can also be made use of as hotspots for the new Pixelbook instantly, no setup expected, so Google is naturally keen to increase the integration among all of the kit it can make now.