Google introduced the app streaming feature for Chromebooks, allowing users to access their Android phone apps on the device. It syncs apps between ChromeOS and Android. The tech giant introduced the app streaming feature via Phone Hub in ChromeOS Beta. With the feature enabled, users can now reply to a conversation, check the status of a delivery, or perform other app functions simply by streaming their Android phone’s apps to Chromebook. Android app streaming for Chromebooks is currently available on select phones running Android 13 or later.
Google announced See the support page for the ability to stream Android apps to Chromebooks. It said the feature is currently available in the latest ChromeOS Beta update. The tech giant has also explained the process of enabling the Android app streaming feature on ChromeOS. According to Google help page, those wanting to access Android app streaming on their Chromebooks will need to ensure their device is running M89 or later. Also, the feature is currently only supported on Pixel 4a and later devices and Xiaomi 12T, Xiaomi 12T Pro, Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro running Android 13 or later.
Additionally, Chromebook users need to set up Phone Hub to sync apps between their Android phones and Chromebooks. Also note that the phone and Chromebook must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network and in close proximity to access app streaming.
After setup, users can check their phone’s cellular signal or battery status, turn on hotspot, mute or locate the phone, and browse Chrome tabs from their Android phone on the Chromebook. You can also control and sync notifications, view or download recent photos and screenshots from the phone’s gallery.
Additionally, users can stream their phones’ apps in three ways: via messaging app notifications, via the recent apps list in Phone Hub, and via All Apps, which can be accessed via the recent apps list in Phone Hub can access.