19
Jul
chromoting

One of the better recent additions to the Chrome browser is a remote desktop tool, developed and implemented by Google and usable between any two desktop computers running Chrome. When it showed up in the Chrome Web Store, we figured that it wouldn't be too long before some kind of Android integration was developed. Googler François Beaufort announced that work has begun on "Chromoting," an Android app that allows users to control remote Chrome clients.

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At the moment there's very little to go on, just a screenshot of the app icon in a drawer. Work has definitely begun on the app itself, as noted in the Chromium Appspot code review. The first message was posted just two days ago, so it will be some time before the app is ready for even a pre-alpha release. We don't know if the app will be a simple remote access client (and there are plenty of alternatives already available) or if it will function as a server as well, allowing for remote control of an Android device. The latter seems unlikely, since the Chrome mobile app still doesn't support extensions - that's probably why the "Chromoting" app exists in the first place.

As Beaufort points out, you can install the Chrome Remote Desktop app in the Web Store now. Here's hoping we see an Android component sooner rather than later.

Source: Chromium Code Review via François Beaufort - thanks, Anuj Ahooja!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    For me this is huge. All the good remote desktop solutions only support Mac and Windows, and VNC always seems to run like crap for me, especially from a mobile device.

    • solbin

      I am loving teamviewer on android if you haven't tried that yet.

  • Adam Truelove

    Finally, I don't understand why it's taken this long. Also, Chrome Remote Desktop is probably one of the best Chrome apps that not many people know about.

    • Justin

      Even better is that you can use chrome remote desktop from a portableapps version of chrome, so with my passcode and flash drive, I can remote into my work computer from any PC with an internet connection without having to actually install anything.

      Of course doing it from my tablet would be easier but this has worked great for me so far.

  • Justin

    I'm in charge of a google apps domain account, and I've got it set up so everyone who logs into the chrome browser has chrome remote desktop pushed to their computers. Makes remote assistance so much easier knowing that everyone already has the programs installed on their computer.

    This makes me happy :).

    • Cherokee4Life

      I need to do the same at work...... OMG why have I never thought about that?!>!>!

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

    Now that I have a Pixel, I use the Chrome RDP all the time. While regular RDP works fine for controlling Windows from Android, now I'll be able to control the Pixel as well. Ubiquity in this space is great.

    • neastws

      Unfortunately, Chrome Remote Desktop currently will not let you remote into a Chromebook.

      "Sharing your computer for remote access requires Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later or Windows XP or later. However, you can access a computer remotely from any device that runs Chrome."

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

        Bah :(

      • ltredbeard

        Is it possible to wake up your computer from sleep using the Chrome Remote Desktop or does it have to be on and awake?

        • Adrian Zugaj

          Probably has to be already awake, although you could set up Wake on Lan.

  • Thomas

    I sincerely hope it's a server-solution, an non-rooted alternative to teamviewer quicksupport would be nice.

  • miri

    "We don't know if the app will be a simple remote access client (and there are plenty of alternatives already available) or if it will function as a server as well, allowing for remote control of an Android device. The latter seems unlikely, since the Chrome mobile app still doesn't support extensions - that's probably why the "Chromoting" app exists in the first place."

    The Remote Desktop extension is being converted into a packaged app (also called Chromoting) which should have support for accessing Chromebooks, so it wouldn't be an extension on Android in any case. Also, I don't think any app can access screen capture without root, so I think it's safe to say you won't be able to control an Android device with it. The most likely scenario is that this is just a convenient, Google-centric means of accessing all your Chrome-powered devices.

  • tim

    can someone explain what the benefit of using this over teamviewer?

    • a.d.AM

      its turnkey if you use chrome.

  • Marcus Low

    I'm quite sure it'll be a cloud-based browser. Instead of syncing your mobile chrome with your desktop chrome (hierarchical) it will probably mean all your chromes sync to the same cloud based browser.

  • raindog469

    AndroidVNC was literally the second app I installed on my first Android device, my phone. (Connectbot, the SSH client I use to do secure tunneling, was the first.) Remote controlling PCs from Android is a problem that was solved long ago, but yay for Google for coming up with another alternative means of doing so. I look forward to comparing its performance and ease of use (for things like control keys, mouse dragging, right-clicking, and other things that are tough to simulate on a touchscreen) to what we already have.

    That is, of course, if they add Chrome Remote Desktop host support to non-Windows, non-OSX devices, as we have exactly zero running either of those operating systems.

    What I'd like more, though, would be an easier way to control my Android devices remotely. It wasn't a big deal when it was just my phone, but now we have seven devices running Android in this house, two of which we use as, essentially, desktop computers, and one as a server, believe it or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I'm going to try to remote access my music through this because last.fm is blocked at some places where I listen to music and I scrobble. Does anyone know if I can listen to Google Music with the extention to scrobble to last.fm on my home computer and have the music stream to the browser where I am but do the scrobbling from my home computer?

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