Phone Hub for Chromebooks will make it easier to respond to messages and share files | #firefox | #chrome | #microsoftedge

Update (May 12, 12:00 PM ET): The updated Phone Hub is already rolling out to the Chrome OS Dev Channel, as long as you have a phone running Android 13 Beta 2.

What you need to know

  • Chromebooks will soon see an updated version of Phone Hub. 
  • This will make it easier to send and reply to messages from your various messaging apps. 
  • Android 13 will also make it easier to share links and images between Chromebooks and tablets.

It’s pretty great to be able to see all of the changes coming to Google’s various apps and services. Of course, the announcement is only one part of the equation, and that also applies to new features planned to come to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS platform.

One of the biggest and most exciting new features planned for the best Chromebooks has to do with the revamped Phone Hub. As part of its “Better Together” initiative, Google plans to make it easier to “stay on top of all your chats by streaming messaging apps directly to your Chromebook.” But the key part of that is the “streaming” portion, as you won’t actually need to install the messaging app directly. Instead, the content and conversation will be pulled from your Android 13-powered smartphone. 

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Not only will this result in more storage space being available, but it should also cut down on potential duplicate notifications arriving between your various devices. You can try to manually prune notifications yourself, but this solution looks to be a much better option overall.




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