Last month, Chrome users finally had the option to send tabs between devices. Next, Google announced last week that users could use Duplex to purchase cinema tickets in the browser. Now Google adds another useful feature: Chrome users can now send phone numbers from their desktop directly to their Android device.
The feature is currently only available on Chrome beta version 78. According to XDA Developers the feature works exactly as expected.
A phone number or marker and right clicking on it in the browser, the user asked which device should call the number. The prompt displays a list of recently used handsets that are associated with the same Google account. Chrome sends a notification to the selected device with the phone number, which automatically pastes the number into the device picker.
This seems to be one of those features that users didn't know they needed until they had it. It makes calling to restaurants, barber shops or doctor's practices easy to find while browsing your computer. No more looking back and forth between devices to manually enter the number on your phone.
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The feature seems to work on Android 9 and Android 10 devices, although it doesn't matter which version of Chrome they use. Theoretically, it could also work on older devices, but we'll see how Google officially rolls this out.
If you now want to be able to send phone numbers from your desktop to Android, make sure you use Chrome Beta 78. If this feature is not enabled by default, you can enable it with the following flag: chrome: // flags / # click-to-call-context-menu-selected-text.