Google has released Chrome 103, where it has been trying to solve users’ syncing problems with Google devices for years, starting with the phone hub.
This New update (Opens in new tab)This feature enhances how any photos taken on your Android device will appear on your other Google devices, such as Chromebooks and tablets, if you are signed in to the same account.
Also, finally, there’s a great way to share Wi-Fi passwords thanks to nearby sharing. Once you’re connected to a network, you can share it with another smartphone, like a Chromebook or Pixel 6, enabling them to connect to the network as well.
In the end, it’s nice to see these quality life features come from Google, considering that Apple got them year after year. However, although the company says it’s just the beginning of what it wants to do to sync devices, it should have been done earlier.
Analysis: Good start Google, now let’s see more
We live in an age where many users own multiple smart devices, and many of them run on Google’s software. Considering it was difficult to share content between devices over the years, it’s surprising that the company didn’t work on improving it anytime soon.
Apple’s iCloud service has enabled tabs and Wi-Fi passwords to be shared between users since 2015, for example, when connecting your AirPods to an iPhone has been running since 2017, when Google did not introduce a similar feature until 2021.
The time has come for the company to work together on this issue and it is reassuring that it seems to be doing it. However, time will tell how fast these changes will come to Android 13, Chrome OS and more.