Google bringing “Chromoting” to Android, eventually

July 19, 2013
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Chances are, you can already tell from the headline if this news is of any interest to you or not. If you’re deeply invested in Chrome or you frequently work with people who are, this is a big deal. Or at least, it will be.

Developer François Beaufort pointed out an interesting snippet of text in a commit to the Chromium code base that mentions “[adding] the beginnings of a Chromoting Android app.” While this certainly sounds cool, it doesn’t do a whole lot at the moment. From the description in the repo:

Currently, this has only the following capabilities:

  • Authenticate using a Google account on the phone
  • Query and display the host list from the Chromoting directory server
  • Connect to and communicate with the host service over XMPP/ICE
  • Establish peer-to-peer channels for communicating with the host service
    Notable missing features are:
  • Display the host’s desktop
  • Handle any kind of input

That’s developer-speak for “right now it doesn’t do anything.” Even so, the groundwork is being put in place for what could be both very useful to certain people and just plain cool.

If you want to take a look at what this could end up being like, there is no shortage of remote desktop apps available in the Google Play Store. There is also the Chrome Remote Desktop for (your guessed it) Google Chrome, which could give a hint as to how this “Chromoting” app could work.

Does this sound like something you would use? Or is it better left to hardcore nerds and developers?

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