Last month, Chrome users finally gained the ability to send tabs between devices. Then last week, Google announced that users could use Duplex to buy movie tickets in the browser. Now, Google is adding another useful feature: Chrome users can now send phone numbers from their desktop directly to their Android device.
The feature is only available on desktop Chrome Beta version 78 for now. According to XDA Developers, the feature works exactly as expected.
Selecting a phone number or highlighting and right-clicking on it in the browser initiates a prompt asking users which device should call the number. The prompt will show a list of recently used handsets associated with the same Google account. Chrome will send a notification to the selected device with the phone number, which will automatically paste the number into the device dialer.
This looks like it’s going to be one of those features users didn’t know they needed until they had it. It makes calling restaurants, barber shops, or doctor’s offices that you find while browsing on your computer dead simple. No more looking back and forth between devices to manually type out the number on your phone.
The feature appears to be working on Android 9 and Android 10 devices, though it doesn’t matter what version of Chrome they are running. Theoretically, it could work on older devices as well, but we will see how Google officially rolls this out.
If you want to be able to send phone numbers from your desktop to Android now, just make sure you are running Chrome Beta 78. If this feature is not enabled by default, you can turn it on with the following flag: chrome://flags/#click-to-call-context-menu-selected-text.
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October 10, 2019 at 04:32PM