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Admit it - QR codes are useful. And cool. They allow you to instantly get any bit of information, most frequently browser or Market urls, onto your phone - all you have to do is download the Barcode Scanner app from the Market (or any other QR reader) and scan the QR image.

But What About Chrome2Phone?

Chrome2Phone (or FoxToPhone) aims to make it even easier to pass information like this around but consider this:

  • Chrome2Phone functionality is only available on phones running Froyo, which means some phones will never receive it. In fact, only about 28.7% of all phones are running Froyo at the moment
  • you need to install a browser extension and pair it with your phone, which means when you need to get a link on your friend's computer, you're out of luck
  • only single such pairing is supported from what I've seen, so if you have more than 1 phone, you are out of luck again

Now, we try to bring you clickable and scannable QR codes every time we post Market apps - if you're on your mobile, just click, and if you're on your desktop, just scan. Sometimes we may forget, sometimes too many QR codes would pollute an otherwise clean post, and sometimes you may just want to grab a link that just leads to a referenced article.

Dynamic QR Codes On AndroidPolice.com

With all of the above in mind, I spent some of last week coding up dynamic QR codes.

They are not visible until you need them, but when you do, just hover on any in-post link for a few seconds and unless it's already a QR code or an image, you should see the QR code for that link pop up, ready to be scanned. For those confused by this behavior, I've added a bit of text explaining what's going on.

Demo Time!

You can see how it all works in the image below or by hovering on these sample links:

Go ahead, try them - just put your mouse cursor on top of the links and pause for a few seconds.

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Note: these hover-on codes only work for in-post links - I deliberately didn't enable them for every link on the site to avoid possible annoyance.

Do you like this new addition to Android Police? Please let me know in the poll below. If you have any bug reports, suggestions, or other feedback, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

Thanks, everyone!

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • DaSpare

    Of course the title link on *this* page does not do it. Fail.

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

      Actually, that was by design, so you don't get annoyed with too many QR popups in places you don't need them to. I'd hardly call it a "Fail" but hey, that's just me.

      Either way, I decided to take your so politely put suggestion into account and enabled it for the whole post, starting from the title and going all the way to related articles.

  • http://github.com/farmisen/jquery-qr Fabrice Armisen

    You got me inspired and I cranked up a small jquery plugin this afternoon. You can check it out at http://github.com/farmisen/jquery-qr

  • Martyn Haigh

    You're a damn genius! I love it

  • http://gplus.to/Gigabyte7310 Steven Hoff

    On Chrome2Phone, you can have multiple pairings. I have the Chrome2Phone extension installed in Chrome on my Ubuntu machine. I also have Fox2Chrome on my Ubuntu machine. I have Chrome2Phone on my MacBook Pro. I also use chrome at my schools lab computers, and Chrome syncs my plugins in to the machines I use in the Lab so I have it there. Chrome2Phone is tied to one Google account, not one browser or device.