Google Chrome Tabs Connect to Multiple Devices

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-04-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Take your Google Chrome tabs from your desktop to your smartphone with this new feature for the Web browser.

Users of Google€™s Chrome Web browser can look forward to a new feature with the latest Chrome Beta that allows them to access open tabs across multiple devices.

When users are signed in to Chrome, the tabs they have open on one device are made available on all their other devices by clicking on the €œOther devices€ menu on the New Tab page. The tab€™s back and forward navigation history is also included, so users can pick up browsing right where they left off.

€œImagine you€™ve looked up directions to a cool new restaurant on your home computer. Later, when you€™re leaving work, you realize you can€™t quite remember how to get there. If only you could quickly pull up the same directions on your office computer with one click,€ a Google blog post by Nicolas Zea and Patrick Dubroy, company software engineers and Tab Teleportation Technicians, said.

€œWith a click, you can find and open the tab with your directions and be on your way. If you use Chrome for Android Beta, the tab will also be available on your phone, right there in your pocket when you hit the road.€

The blog post noted that Google will be gradually rolling out the €œOther devices€ menu to Beta channel users over the coming week. Over the past few weeks, the company has introduced several new features to make it easier to discover new apps and extensions. Chrome Web Store users can try out an early version of the new €œTrending€ view, which was released earlier this month and shows the apps and extensions that are currently growing fastest in the store.

App subcategories were also recently introduced into the store. These allow users to dig deeper into each app category. For example, in the €œEntertainment€ category users can click on the €œMusic & Radio€ subcategory to view music-related apps only. Searching for a particular app has also improved. Google€™s search box now sports auto-complete suggestions that guide users to the app or extension they are looking for faster.

Google also updated the Chrome OS to €œAura,€ and the developer channel has been updated to 19.0.1048.17 for Chromebooks such as the Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5. This build contains a number of new features, as well as security and stability improvements, including new modes for multiple monitor handling, an updated Scratchpad application, a functional and visual refresh of the Chrome OS Settings, and support for new file types such as tar, gz and bzip2.

The goal of the Aura project is to produce a new desktop window manager and shell environment with modern capabilities. €œThe UI must offer rich visuals, large-scale animated transitions and effects that can be produced only with the assistance of hardware acceleration,€ according to a description of the platform on Google€™s Chromium Project page.


 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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