Google is working on a new feature that will allow Google Chrome on two separate devices to share data between them. The experimental flag that the team has added talks about sharing “data’.
Google is adding two flags to make this feature work; one for the device to send data and the other to receive data.
“Enable receiver device to handle peer connection requests – Enables receiver device to connect and share data using a peer to peer connection”
“Enable sender device to initiate peer connection requests – Enables the sender devices to connect with chosen device using a peer to peer connection for transferring data.”
The bug associated with this change is public but does not give away much information. However, it is clear that Google Chrome will soon have the ability to talk to Chrome on other computers. The description of the bug states:
“We need two feature flags for sender and receiver sides, and to make sure the sender and receiver devices are capable of creating a peer connection.”
Multiple Efforts Around ‘Sharing’
Google is actively developing multiple features enabling Chrome to share URLs and more. You can already send and receive links between your own devices. There is also a QR code feature in the making. The Canary version of Chrome on Android featur4s flag that enables a “Chrome Sharing Hub”.
You can view and track all the sharing related projects on Chromium Bug Repository here.
It might take a while for us to see all these features working. Most of these features are in the early stages of development or testing. We will be tracking all these new features for you here on Chrome Story.
This feature flag is expected to be enabled by default on Chrome version 80. In the meantime, do share your thoughts on these new features in the comments section.