Soon Google could give Android users an official method of texting back to their friends and family members right from the desktop. The first evidence of this feature was spotted last year as ‘SMS Connect’ on the Chrome OS. Now, some a set of codes have once again hinted on its existence. The code was found in Chromium Gerrit repository and is spotted by XDA Developers website.
The code explicitly mentions ‘CrOS Android Messages integration’, meaning that the SMS Connect feature will be available for ChromeOS users and they can try it out. It can be turned on from the chrome://flags page.
How exactly will this new feature will work, is not yet known. But what is known is that there will be some sort of pairing process with the phone, something that could be similar to what Pushbullet offers or Allo’s desktop client. It is also not for sure when this feature will see the light of the day.
Google’s ChromeOS has quite a few OEMs under its umbrella now. In March this year, Acer launched its first ever ChromeOS-powered tablet aimed for students. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 also comes with Wacom EMR stylus as well along with Google Expeditions AR.
On the specifications front, the tablet features a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) IPS touch display with 264 pixels per inch. There is a 2MP HD webcam at the front along with dual microphones. At the back there is a 5MP camera. Acer claims the Chromebook Tab 10 to deliver a battery life of up to nine hours.
Earlier this month Google rolled out ChromeOS 67 with material design 2.0, split screen support and some other features. The version also gets support for zipping files on Drive via the Files app, ability to install Progressive Web Apps as standalone apps and much more.