Google still working on its remote desktop app for Android

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 17, 2014


You may recall that Google was working on a remote desktop application for Android named “Chromoting”. I’ll forgive you if you’ve forgotten as that was about six months ago, and things have been very quiet since that initial announcement.

However, it turns out that the app isn’t dead. A few details have been spotted online which suggests that the app is still in development, although sadly it’s all rather vague. The information was pointed out by Ron Amadeo courtesy of a Chromium bug report, so there’s a good chance that this was posted by accident. Whoops.

Anyway, according to the leak the remote control app is still known as “Chromoting”, and is being developed for both Android and iOS mobile devices. It appears that the development team is currently focusing on the visual design, so perhaps the bulk of the app’s functionality is already complete and we’re finally nearing a release.

Google’s no stranger to remote desktop applications, there’s already a Chrome browser extension that works with Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. So I can’t help but wonder why things are taking so long.

Of course Teamviewer or any of the other remote desktop apps populating the Play Store are already perfectly usable. Perhaps Chromoting has some interesting functionality hidden up its sleeves.

  • Chris Thompson

    The only thing that is a bit sketchy about Teamviewer and other smaller remote desktop apps, is you don’t really know how secure the servers are that you are using to access your own PC, or where they are located, which now how we’ve read about NSA teaming with the UK, can grab all your data regardless now.

    • cbstryker

      Agreed. It’s one of the reasons I like to RDP directly to my computers at home via an SSH session on a virtual machine on my own server at home.

  • Shark Bait

    Perhaps their gearing up for a chrome event soon, theirs talk of upcoming chromecast news too!

  • Jayfeather787

    Awesome!!!! Now I can make my friend’s Nexus 5 crash so he would stop bragging about it, and making me feel like a wimp when I hold up my (beloved) HTC Sensation.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      haha i feel like everyone here where I live has an iPhone or a Galaxy or a LG phone (and even windows phones…)… I’ve only seen 1 other Nexus 5 that wasn’t mine when I went to LA

      • Jayfeather787

        Darn. We need to spread the word.

        • MadCowOnAStick

          America has apple fever

  • Kereke12

    I still don’t understand on why Google can’t make there Chromebook, into Android? Instead of making a app that will allow you to view Android on the computer, they should just do it. If they did you bet I would run to the store and buy them. But other then that I can see alot of use of this app.