One of the core features of Android is the ability to share just about anything — be it files, photos, text, or a link — from one app to another. Chrome OS is set to gain a similar way to share between apps thanks to an upcoming “Sharesheet.”
Here at 9to5Google, we keep a close eye on the various flags that get introduced to the chrome://flags page of Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as these tend to be the clearest signal of potentially upcoming features for browsers and Chromebooks. Early this week, a new flag entitled “Sharesheet” appeared in the code, exclusively for Chrome OS.
Chrome OS sharesheet.
The name “Sharesheet” may sound familiar to our avid readers, as Chrome for Android has also been gaining a feature called “Sharing Hub” or “Sharesheet” which replaces the native sharing UI of Android with a new look that includes the options to share a screenshot or a QR code for the page you’re on.
Unlike Android, however, Chrome OS doesn’t currently offer any official way to share between or through different apps, despite having access to apps from Android, Linux, and soon Windows. With this new Sharesheet, that’s now set to change.
According to an early prototype, the Chrome OS Sharesheet will be very similar to Chrome for Android’s Sharing Hub, in that it will offer a list of options, called “Share Actions,” for how you want to share what you’re sharing. We’re currently guessing that these share actions will come from the Android apps you’ve installed on your Chromebook, as well as any Progressive Web Apps that have declared a “share target” — a feature that is currently only used on Android.
Similarly, this Sharesheet would be the perfect place to surface Google’s upcoming Nearby Sharing features, which will allow you to share files, links, and more between nearby devices including Android phones, Chromebooks, and laptops/desktops with Google Chrome.
For now, we’re not quite sure what all will be shareable through Chrome OS’s Sharesheet, but we do know that a share button will live in Chrome’s toolbar, somewhere to the right of the address bar, though the feature’s developer says that this placement is only “temporary.”
Though things are very much still in the early stages of development, we believe this Sharesheet could go a long way towards making Chrome OS more dynamic and smartphone-like, especially as companies like Lenovo opt to base new tablets on Chrome OS. It seems we still have quite a bit of waiting to do first though, and there’s always the chance Google could scrap the feature altogether before it ever sees the light of day.
More on Chrome OS:
- Android’s AirDrop, Nearby Sharing, shows signs of debuting on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS
- Chrome OS to gain on-device Google Assistant for ‘the most common queries’
- Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS courtesy of Google partnership w/ Parallels
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