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May 24, 2010

Send Links from Google Chrome to an Android Phone

One of the most interesting APIs in Android 2.2 allows developers to create applications that can receive messages from servers. "Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) is a service that helps developers send data from servers to their applications on Android devices. The service provides a simple, lightweight mechanism that servers can use to tell mobile applications to contact the server directly, to fetch updated application or user data."

To try the new APIs, you can install an Android app and a Chrome extension that let you send a link from the browser to your phone and automatically open the URL in Android's browser. Install the Android application, register your device and enable "launch browser/maps directly". Then install the Chrome extension, click on the icon and log in to the same Google account used in Android. Now you can send links to your phone by clicking on a button in Google Chrome.


The application requires Android Froyo, which is only available for Nexus One at the moment.

11 comments:

  1. That is certainly useful. I am enjoying this run of posts on Android, keep it up!

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  2. Any word on when OTA updates for ATT compatible Nexus One will come out? I want froyo!

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  3. You can download it an manualy upload it to your device

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  4. Trevor: dont worry about ATT, just do the manual install, its easy and you have froyo on your nexus in few minutes after 1 zip file download. all settings and apps stay intact.

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  5. There's no update file for AT&T-compatible Nexus One. The update file that used to be available from Google's servers was ERE27 to FRF50. ERE27 is the T-Mobile/standard GSM build. Just wait a couple of weeks and you'll get the update.

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  6. Hey, this is a great post. Just got my Milestone two months ago, am always happy to find new apps for it. This one is a great tool for work. Thanks! :)

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  7. It's such a good idea. but unfortunately, i don't own any android phone to test the application.

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  8. Or you can use this litte useful app : sego pctopda at www.pctopda.com

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  9. "Chrome to Phone" not working in Asia region.
    Please make it available here..

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