An unofficial blog that watches Google's attempts to move your operating system online since 2005. Not affiliated with Google.

Send your tips to gostips@gmail.com.

August 1, 2010

Send Links from Firefox to an Android Phone

Android 2.2 has a cool service for sending messages to phones: Android Cloud to Device Messaging. "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."

A simple way to use this service is to send a link from your browser to an Android device. Chrome to Phone is a Chrome extension that makes this possible, assuming that you also install an Android application on your phone. The extension has been recently updated and you can use it to send links, phone numbers and text from web pages.

There's also an unofficial Firefox extension called "Send to phone", which offers similar features. The Firefox extensions adds an option to the contextual menu, so you don't have to click on the toolbar button to send some text.



Some things you can try:
* send a Google Maps link and the Google Maps app from your phone should handle it
* send a link to a YouTube video and the video should start playing on your phone
* copy a phone number from a web page and send it to your phone
* copy a short text from a web page (<1KB) and send it to your phone's clipboard.

Note that you need a device that uses Android 2.2 (Froyo), which is officially available for Nexus One, HTC Evo and HTC Desire. Motorola Droid will be updated to Froyo starting from next week, while other phones will be updated in the coming months.

14 comments:

  1. There's also LinkPush for Android and Chrome which works with any version of Android. It uses OAuth, too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Waiting the same thing for files.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Why not just send yourself an email?

    ReplyDelete
  4. email has problems with copy past. at least for me.
    i can not copy my wlan key from my email :-(

    ReplyDelete
  5. I agree regarding the email issue. Of all the things to fix, a copy and paste for gmail should be somewhere in the top 5...don't get me started on google apps and sharing via google reader!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Copy/paste is available in Froyo's Gmail app, so this issue has already been fixed.

    ReplyDelete
  7. sadly there's no chrome to phone extension on chrome's gallery.

    ReplyDelete
  8. thanks for this information i don't know and don't observe this problem

    ReplyDelete
  9. @Alex Chitu the way it is solved is weird - you need to go to the menu and use ".../select text" and it'll be copied in the clipboard at once. Why don't you do that like it's done in the browser?

    ReplyDelete
  10. I tries the Android for 2 months, ick. too many buttons and sliding. I went back to my blackberry.

    ReplyDelete
  11. what agreat feature.... bravo androidd

    ReplyDelete
  12. there does not seen to be an app in the market for this. how does it work. mmmm I must research this

    ReplyDelete
  13. use Sego, its easier : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nex.sego

    ReplyDelete