by George Heymann

Chrome to Phone!

Wanted to share a find that has found a space on my phone and has proven to be very useful. It will enable you to send links from your Chrome or Firefox browser to your Froyo equipped Android device.

The Links can include browser links, Google Maps links, and you can copy and paste text or phone numbers from the Web to your Android Froyo equipped phone. I got everything to work but not exactly as described.

It consists of a couple of extensions available from the Google code page one for your Android 2.2+ devices chrometophone-android.apk and the other for your Chrome desktop browser chrometophone-extension-o.3.crx . If you prefer Firefox the extension is called send to phone and you can download it here.

The installation instructions are basically the same as installing any other non-market app. Remember to go into to your phone settings then application setting and click unknown sources to allow non-market apps. My understanding is that this will not work on AT&T phones as they have removed the option to install non-market apps from the phone settings menu.

Additionally you have to register the Web extension with the same account information as your phone so that the desktop browser and phone can communicate properly. If you need additional help with the setup you can check this mini Wiki entry for more information.

Once you send a link from your browser you get a notification on your phone. You can simply swipe down on the notification window and click on the desired link. The browser links notification opens the phone browser to the page you were looking at on your desktop browser. The Google Maps link notification gave me the option to open it in either Google Maps or the browser.

Sending a phone number from Chrome to the phone didn’t work as described. Once you send the highlighted phone number the notification is supposed to launch the dialer with the number pre-populated. That didn’t work for me, when I clicked on the link it took me to web page where the number was highlighted on my mobile browser.

I discovered that besides the link the highlighted text or phone number would be copied into the phones clipboard where I could manually open the phone application and long-press in the phone number field and paste the number into the field. Text worked exactly the same way. Like I was performing the copy and paste operation locally only this was the information I had previously sent from my Chrome desktop browser.

I have found this a very fast and convenient way to share information from my Chrome desktop browser to my phone. Give it a try I think you will too!

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