Google still working on its remote desktop app for Android

January 17, 2014
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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.

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