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Google’s reported Windows Phone-esque desktop mode for Android isn’t happening [Updated]


Update May 16: Google has since confirmed to the original source of this report that it was just a proof of concept and a bit of fun. Which is sad.  Original post below. 

What you need to know

  • Remember Continuum from Windows Phone? A recent report suggests Google is trying to do the same (finally) with Android. 
  • The report suggests Google is experimenting with leveraging ChromeOS to act as a desktop interface when connecting an Android device to an external display. 
  • Just like Continuum (RIP), this could be a huge step in the workplace or for travel, even for Microsoft users. 

Spoiler alert: I like Chromebooks. I also like Android, in fact, it was working on our sister site, Android Central, that gave me my first break in this industry. Windows Phone got its hooks in, though, and the rest is history. So imagine how much I smiled when a recent report shows, yet again, how our fallen favorite was years ahead of its time. 

Android Authority’s Mishaal Rahman has detailed an internal experiment at Google that’s said to leverage ChromeOS (sort of) to act as a desktop environment when a Pixel phone is hooked up to a display. 





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