Chrome Remote Desktop goes mobile on Android, iOS coming soon

Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android (Google blog)
Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android (Google blog)

On Thursday, Google released the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android that allows you to securely access computers from you Android phone.

In 2011, the company released the Chrome Remote Desktop that let users have remote access from computer to computer. The Chrome app runs through the browser, and is available on PC, Mac, Linux, and (of course) Chromebook.

The Android app also accesses remote devices through the Chrome browser and requires installing the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store.

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Then you can access that computer through the Android app on your phone or tablet.

For your safety and security, all remote desktop sessions are fully encrypted using a PIN as well as Chrome’s built in SSL and AES.

Google says that none of your session data is ever recorded, and no session data is transmitted that is accessible by the company.

Interestingly, Google had just changed their terms of service on April 14 to explicitly state that user content could be scanned for targeted advertising. Although that was added specifically for Gmail due to the companies current court battles.

Remote access software isn’t new and there are a number of vendors that have options on just about every platform.

Currently only the Android app on the Play Store is available. The company says that an iOS version will be released later this year.

 

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