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Google Chrome introducing cross-device ‘Tab Sync’

The Google Chrome browser for PCs, tablets and cell phones is getting an update to save user tabs across multiple devices.

The Google Chrome browser for PCs, tablets and cell phones is getting an update to save user tabs across multiple devices.

It’s a cloud-like feature which saves your opened tabs into your Google account, where they can be accessed and opened in Chrome across multiple platforms. This means you can go from a recipe viewing session on your PC to your cell phone, keeping the exact same website tabs. The feature will also save browsing history, so users can even go back to pages they had previously browsed before.

“If you’ve got Chrome for Android Beta,” says the Google Chrome blog, “you can open the same recipe tab right on your phone when you run out to the store for more ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.”

Browser tabs let people view multiple pages in the same browser. In a normal viewing session, a user might open many different tabs while working on a project. This lets people easily do multiple tasks at once, or research multiple sites on the same topic.

Right now, mobile Chrome is only available for Android users. But Google is currently coding a version for iOS as well. The versatility offered by this functionality will be useful for people working in various situations. Being able to go from a computer to a cell phone grants flexibility to work in multiple environments.

Additionally, Google explains, “Open tabs aren’t the only things that sync when you sign in to Chrome. Signing in to Chrome also syncs your bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, themes, and other settings.” The functionality, while available in today’s stable release of Chrome, will be gradually released over the next few weeks.

It is clear that cloud functionality is the future of computing. People frequently own more than one computing device. Desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones can make work cluttered and decentralized. The kind of functionality that Google is implementing will help bring a user’s digital life together, staying focused, organized and efficient.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

Brandon Shutt
Brandon is an A+ certified technician and freelance writer living in East Tennessee. He loves God, writing, science (especially technology) and philosophy. He is currently preparing to enter the field of information security.

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