Google Wants You To Control Your Mac From Your iPhone… Chromotely?

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Are you ready to access your Mac Chromotely? No, doubtlessly not. None the less, you will soon have the option to do just that from your iOS device, if an online document from Google is to be believed.

Currently, Google is working on a new remote desktop app called Chromoting, which appears to be an analog to apps such as LogMeIn, or the excellent Screens app. Chromoting would be a free analog to those services, and apparently, an iOS app for the service is incoming.

However, as Google explains on the Chromium website, the iOS version isn’t very far along yet:

The iOS version is very unpolished at this stage. The toolbar icons are all placeholder, and the background color behind the host screen needs to be changed from blue to black. The upper toolbar for iOS (containing just the back button, so it can barely be called a toolbar), is revealed by tapping on the compass in the lower toolbar. Our plan is to consolidate the upper and lower toolbars into one toolbar that will likely be located in the upper section of the screen.

Outside of its nature as a remote desktop service, not much is known about Chromote, short of its awful name and the fact that official apps will be available on both iOS and Android. None the less, a free remote desktop service from Google has got to have other players in this space worried.

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