Aug 13 AT 12:23 AM Taylor Wimberly 34 Comments

Chrome to Phone highlights Cloud to Device Messaging

Google just updated Chrome to Phone to version 2.0 and it is now available for devices running Android 2.2. The service is a combination of an Android app (scan QR code) and Chrome extension which allows users to send items from their browser to their phone including a current web page, map, YouTube video, or selected phone number or text.

Chrome to Phone uses the new Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) framework that was included in Android 2.2. Google describes C2DM as a “simple, lightweight mechanism that servers can use to tell mobile applications to contact the server directly, to fetch updated application or user data”. The C2DM feature will eventually be available to all developers, but it is currently launched in Labs and devs need to signup to request access.

Firefox users can also join in the fun by installing the Fox To Phone extension.

Chrome to Phone features:

  • Send links to browser
  • Google Maps links launch the Google Maps app.
  • YouTube links launch the YouTube app.
  • Selecting phone numbers in Web pages, launches the dialer with the number pre-populated.
  • Selected text populates the Android clipboard (long-press on text boxes to get paste option).

Via: Android Dev Blog

Source: Chrome blog

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  • http://Website Not Impressed

    Or…just email the link to yourself.

    • Clark Wimberly

      Copy link, open email, create mail, send message, open message, click link


      Click one button

  • http://Website olle

    Can’t find it in the market.

    /HTC Desire, The Netherlands

  • http://Website Kamil

    I also can’t find it in Android Market (even if I scan the QR code) – anybody knows why? // Nexus One, US English language, Germany

  • http://Website Viggs

    From the chrome extension page

    “Currently available in English only. The Android app is only available in AU CA GB IE NZ US ZA.”

  • http://Website Jeppe

    I aslo can’t find it in Market, seems like most of Europe is left out. No bother, you can find an older version (1.7) here (an it’s only a week old):

  • http://Website Lucas

    I can’t get it to launch Google Maps links correctly on my Droid. It launches the maps app but then it doesn’t do anything, just finds my location as if I had just opened the maps app normally. Does anyone know what’s up?

    • Radhika Ray

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  • http://Website r121

    I guess the next step is push some ads from the cloud.

  • http://Website Alan Mc.

    Encase it is “unavailable” to you, Extension and APK are hosted here

  • http://Website rum

    I dont know why you had to give the other guy such low comments, but i was thinking the same thing. Its cool but not revolutionary. You can just send links via email. Sure its not as efficient, but its a general solution. I dont need chrome, nor firefox, nor ie, no need to install new stuff or force myself to use chrome. Having said that, I think its cool, but not revolutionary.

    What would be cool is this cloud to device messaging, can be used to trigger other actions on the phone, to control it or perform certain actions. Maybe that is upcoming.

    • http://Website Not Impressed

      If you don’t say anything pro-Android, pro-Chrome or pro-Google on here then you must be wrong. >_>

  • Kevin

    I am having trouble accessing this server at my work, I am told that it has to do with the version of Java that the X is using versus the one used by my tower or netbook. Is there a work around via a remote app or another way so that I can get X to work ?

  • http://Website Caleb

    I can’t Find it in the Android Market….Moto Droid…US

  • Sinanovski

    Chuck Norris is using it right now. And when Norris is using it, nobody else is.

  • Sinanovski

    All those that can’t see it in the Market probably don’t have Android 2.2.

    • http://Website Wong Chun Kiat

      I’m running 2.2 on my Desire, but I still couldn’t search for C2P on the Market. Explain that then.

  • dr3amcast3r

    “Chrome to Phone uses the new Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) framework that was included in Android 2.2.”

    This just make me sick. It show a complete disregard for the owners of older android phones.

    They should either make a way for the framework to function on android 1.5 and 1.6 or release the damn updates for those phones!!!

    Shame on google and htc for deserting us.

    Proud owner of a MyTouch 3G 32B

    • Japandler

      Or you could just upgrade…. ?

      • http://Website AnonGuy

        Scenario: Someone buys an HTC Aria for their child. Child wants to use Chrome to Phone. The Phone is < 3 months old. Finds out it requires Android 2.2 and does some Googling, only to find out the phone will never get FroYo.

        Japandler's solution: Pay full price ($5-600) for a new phone.

        Scenario: Someone buys an X10. It has 1.6 on it. It will get an update to 2.1, but probably not see 2.2. Can't use C2P.

        Japlandler's solution: Pay full price ($5-600) for a new phone.

        My OPINION: Japandler is a complete and utter idiot. The issue is not the person with the phone, it's Android. It's a fragmented mess and it's no one's fault but Google's. They allow Manufacturers to release underpowered devices with small ROMs, and they allow those manufacturers to completely abandon products.

        Palm Pre/Pixi get all their updates. I bet they're going to be upgradeable to WebOS 2.0 when released. iPhone 3GS got iOS 4. Windows Phone 7 will be OTA and the requirements will allow the phones to be upgradeable, easily, to all Windows Phone 7 updates. The only odd Smartphone OS out there… Is Android.

        They're also very late to the party with Push Notifications… Something Blackberries have been using for over half a decade.

        Android Phones are for Geeks who hang out at XDA-Developers trading ROM images. People who want a "realistically supported" device with a good feature set can do themselves a favor and get anything BUT an android phone – unless it's released by Google themselves.

        A majority of consumers get phones on contracts. You don't just "upgrade" your phone as you please because they're expensive as hell.

        I think manufacturers love Android so much because they can easily churn out a slew of crappy devices with cheap parts for which drivers already exist, to make more money off of it. 75% of those devices are practically abandoned the minute they are released.

        The other 25% arrive with several bugs and/or showstoppers on them (Galaxy S GPS/Compass, Defects that Plagued many Evo handsets [Speaker and Micro-USB Ports failing], Epic 4G still has a cappy GPS/Compass even though Samsung said it worked – some of them have defective capacitive buttons, etc. etc.).

        • Paul Danger Kile

          Is this secretly Steve Jobs? :-)

  • http://Website jlb

    Amazing how most people (google fans or not) can’t see how revolutionary this Cloud-to-Device is.

    Wake up people, this is the future!

    The whole phone is scriptable and can be controlled from remote – not only links, maps, video, dialing or clipboard (why did the first guy mention links only ???).

    This opens up whole new fields of new possibilities …

  • http://Website adam


  • Paul Danger Kile

    There is another chrome extension called “send link to phone”. This does the same thing, but the documentation does not mention Android 2.2, so maybe it will work.

    What I really want to do is sync all of my links, not just the current page.

  • http://Website HTC user

    Does´nt work on HTC Desire. When the fix is coming?
    This could be very useful widget if it works

    • http://Website CA

      It does work on the desire, I’ve been using it for some time.

      You do, however, have to upgrade the device to Android 2.2.

  • http://Website Lauren

    Does the galaxy s have a camera in the front?? It looks like it does….

  • http://Website malcolm

    Dose any one know where i could find it on the market

    samsung captivate

  • http://Website miguel


  • http://Website Tom

    Google paid this website to post this article, because this app is at the bottom of their mobile website with the title “featured”.

    Stop the paid articles, please!!!

  • http://Website ak

    hould run on anroid 2.1 it displease me a lot….

  • http://Website David


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    Yes igree