The flag “Send tab to self” showed up in Canary weeks ago. (It is even present on the Stable channel of Chrome OS now). The flag added “Send to My Devices” option in the tab context menu (right-click on any tab) and I have been trying this for days.
Update: It is now possible to send copied text between devices. It works like a shared clipboard!
Today, it started working.
On Chrome OS, the tab description says:
“Allows users to push tabs from Android devices to other synced devices, in order to easily transition those tabs to the new device – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android”
This feature, however, works from Chrome OS and probably all the other desktop versions too (I managed to get this working on macOS).
What Does It Do?
We have already seen a feature called “Continue Reading” that displays the most recent tabs from other devices on Chrome OS launcher. This one, however, lets you send links from one device to others.
At least for now, you cannot decide which device the message will go to. When I shared a link from my Pixelbook, it showed up first on my Mac and it was on my Android phone after two or three seconds.
The Mac and Chrome OS notifications mentioned the source of the notification. It read “Shared from Chromebook”.
My Pixelbook received links that I had shared when it was offline too.
The notification is nothing fancy and looks exactly like default push notification. Click/tap on it and the link will open in Chrome.
Things are of course pretty basic at the moment. However, I see a huge potential in this, unless we are seeing yet another messaging application from Google which is destined to die eventually, alone, in a lonely planet far off in the galaxy.
So, homework for you folks. Enable the flag, restart your browser or Chromebook, and try sending links. Let me know if you find out something that I missed.
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