Full link between computer and Android Phone


I have recently received this information from a member of my Hebrew website www.mobilityfreak.co.il and thought it would be nice to share it here as well.

Member of the site adunsky describes a way to create a link and transfer information OTA between a computer running the Chrome browser and an Android device. The whole functionality can be very interesting for people that are frequently busy moving information from one to the other.

So here it goes after the break.

 

What is needed?

  • An Android device running Froyo (2.2) or up.
  • An internet connection for the device (WiFi or Cellular)
  • A GMAIL account - important, this is still not running at the Google Apps environment, so there is the need for a GMAIL account, even if it isn't the main account defined in the device.
  • A personal computer running Chrome. Or, in counterpart, there is another version of the software that supports Firefox. No version for IE, sorry.

Preparation

  • At the Chrome browser you should install the Add-On "Google Chrome to Phone Extension". You can find it on this link.
  • If you are running Firefox, download it from here.
  • At your Android device, install the application "Chrome to Phone". Don't bother looking for it at the market, it is not there. Download it from here, copy the APK file to your device and run it there after allowing installation of APK files at your Settings => Applications.
  • During the installation you will be asked for the GMAIL account. Fill it. Also mark the option "Automatically Launch Links".
  • This is it. The connection is done.

What can you do with that?

  • Pressing the phone icon at the browser while browsing through a website will automatically open the same website on your phone.
  • You will be able to select text at the browser, right-click and send that text directly to your phone's clipboard for pasting or using it there.
  • With the above option, if you mark and send text formatted as a phone number, the dialer will open automatically with that number.
  • You can send Youtube movies to the device in the same way, and those will be played automatically by the Youtube player at the device.

This functionality has been shown at the Google I/O 2010 conference. You can see the demo at this link.

And now, the cherry to top this pie with: you can do the same in the other direction (from Phone to Browser). For that, just install the Android2Cloud application from the market.

Happy browsing !!!