Does anyone remember “Chromoting”? Back in July, we heard that Google was working on an Android app that would allow you to control your computer from your Android device, through Chrome. Now we hadn’t heard much about Chromoting since Fran§ois Beaufort first found that code digging through the open source version of Chrome, Chromium. But according to +Ron Amadeo, it looks like the Chrome team is still working on Chromoting. As there is an issue reported in the Chromium project’s bug tracker “Issue 334830: VisD help for Chromoting client UI for Android & iOS”.
According to this “leak” (I guess we can call it that, even though it’s just an issue posted in an open-source bug tracker), the app is still being referred to as “Chromoting” and is still being worked on for both the Android and iOS platforms. From what we can gather from this issue that was posted on Chromium, it appears that the Chrome team is working on the visual design, which leads us to believe that the app is pretty much done, they are just making it look pretty now. So hopefully we’ll see a final release rather soon.
Now that Sundar Pichai is in charge of Android and is also still in charge of Chrome, we’re going to see a lot more integration between the two. We’ve already seen that with Chromecast, and soon with Chromoting. We’ve even heard that we’ll be seeing Chrome apps coming to mobile soon. Which would be pretty cool. Essentially one platform for desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Right now, the Chrome team has a Chrome extension which allows you to remote control your Windows, Mac and Linux devices, and even your Chrome OS-based device (whether it be a Chromebook, Chrome Box, or Chromebase).
Not that there aren’t already a ton of other alternatives in the Play Store that you could use to remote control your PC from your Android-powered smartphone, it’s still nice to have one that was built and supported by Google. Hopefully we’ll see this at Google I/O or possibly before. How many of you are interested in a remote-desktop app built on Chrome?