Among many announcements at Google I/O, the tech giant announced the inclusion of Android app streaming via Phone Hub in the ChromeOS beta. This feature allows you to open various applications from your Android smartphone directly in a dedicated window on your Chromebook. Once Phone Hub is enabled, you can check notifications on your phone, view open tabs in Chrome mobile browser on your Chromebook, and more.
On its support page for this feature, Google states that app streaming is compatible with “Pixel 4A and later with Android version 13 or later“. In addition to Google-branded smartphones, the function also works on Xiaomi devices, but only on Xiaomi 12T, 12T Pro, 13 and 13 Pro, which are also equipped with Android 13 or higher.
Users can transfer apps by clicking the Phone Hub notification to send messages or by browsing the Phone Hub’s recent apps section after opening the app on their mobile device. Google writes on its blog:You can now perform quick tasks like answering a call, checking the status of a trip or delivery, and editing your grocery list by streaming your Android phone’s apps to your Chromebook. To use app streaming, make sure Phone Hub is enabled on your Chromebook“.
Chromebook’s trackpad can be used to zoom in and out of an app in the same way as a smartphone’s touchscreen. If the Chromebook supports touch, users can use the touchscreen to interact with the streaming app. Google also notes that both the smartphone and the Chromebook must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network and in close proximity to each other.
Chromebook app streaming for Android is now available on the ChromeOS Beta channel.