is rolling out version 103, which includes features that will make it easier for users to share items between and devices. For one thing, as a business, Phone Hub is getting an upgrade. From your Chromebook, you’ll be able to instantly access the latest photos you’ve taken with your phone, even when you’re offline.
When you take a photo with your phone, it automatically appears in the Recent Photos section of (which lets you control some of your mobile device’s features from your laptop). You’ll have to click on the image to download it, though that’s a neater option than going to the Google Photos website or emailing a picture to yourself.
Also new is a way to connect a Chromebook to the internet faster. If you are trying to connect your laptop to a Wi-Fi network already saved on your Android phone, you can use . Go to the Wi-Fi Network tab in your phone’s internet settings. After selecting the Share option, you can tap the Nearby button and choose the Chromebook you want to upload. The Chromebook should then automatically access the internet and save the login credentials.
Additionally, Google revealed the Chrome OS Screencast app that will start rolling out this week. You can use it to record, trim and transcribe video.
Later this summer, Chromebooks will get quick pairing for hundreds of Bluetooth headset models, including, of course, . Fast Pair will register the headphones to your Google account, so your Chromebook and Android phone can connect to them quickly.
Google said it will roll out more features to make Chromebooks and Android devices work better with each other later this year. The company is looking to pull a page out of Apple’s playbook with updates like these. has long offered deep integration between its devices, including features like and , which helps it engage people more in its ecosystem.