Our friends over at Engadget have published a kick ass guide on how to take advantage of Froyo’s cloud to device messenger capability. You may recall the demonstration during the Android keynote at Google I/O, where they pushed directions to their phone from Google Maps with the click of a button. Well, someone hacked together a quick app and accompanying Chrome and Firefox extensions that will allow you to do the same.

You’re not just limited to pushing directions though – as of right now you can also push URL’s and YouTube links. Every item you push will automatically open in its corresponding application – so directions open in Maps, URL’s in the browser, etc. It’s definitely a neat trick, though I had mixed results when playing with it myself.

You can find the full guide here, and I’ll also post the relevant steps below as well. Obviously, you’ll need Froyo for this to work.

(Thanks again to Engadget for this guide!)

  1. You've got an phone running Android 2.2, right? Good. Use it to download the Google Chrome to Phone Extension application here. Make sure Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources is checked if you're installing over USB, or use Barcode Reader (highly recommended!) to scan that QR code.
  2. Download the latest version of the Chrome to Phone extension from the same page, or get the Firefox version here.
  3. In your web browser of choice, log into your Google Account.
  4. On your phone, start the Chrome to Phone application
  5. In the app, add the Google Account you'd like to share with.
  6. Click on "Register Device" to link your account to the Google Chrome to Phone service.

Once you’ve followed the instructions above, all you have to do is click the extension icon in the browser, and your link will be shared!

Have you given this a shot yet? Let us know how it’s worked for you in the comments!

Source: Engadget

Source: Chrome To Phone extension

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
  • poundANDROID

    Works great. My non tech savy wife can push sites to my phone so I can see them instead of me trying to decipher what she's trying to explain. Love it!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's brilliant use for it.

      Or the same wife sending you a link to a google search result or an image of what the heck she wants you to buy at a store.

      This is one step short of the full fledged video chat - kind of reminds me of sending sms vs talking on the phone.

  • VicMatson

    Now what we need is a way to send directions to someone else's gmail account!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You mean to pop up on their phone? I'd imagine some permission system needs to be in place first, otherwise it's a massive spam target - imagine anyone in the world being able to push a notification to you, even if just for an approval.

      I think a phone opt-in process (a whitelist of sorts) for your own phones + a system so that somebody else can put their own phone into something similar to BlueTooth discover mode, so that you can push them a notification should be a good middle ground.

      • Dan

        The 'Registering your phone' step is the permission system you speak of.

  • Alfonso

    Please, notice that the "FoxToPhone" extension states that it won't be updated, and instead links to the "Send To Phone" extension (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/161941/) so you can save your readers an extra click if you update the link

  • safeplayer22

    Works, but it's mad slow.

    • http://www.linnovate.net royi

      sorry it was slow for you man, worked very well when i tried it, maybe something with your connection?

  • http://factory8.com Nathan Gardner

    Works great. Takes about 5 - 6 seconds for the phone to receive it.

    Websites, Maps, and YouTube videos all push great!

    Anyone know how to push media (photos/apps/music)?