As of yesterday’s Google I/O 2022 keynote, Android 13 Beta 2 is official and is already bringing some significant changes to the way phones share photos to a Chromebook. That’s based on recent reports from users who noticed the change.
The new update goes way beyond the announced improvements to message sharing and allows for the integration of a phone and Chromebook. Namely by not just sharing recent websites, posts and unlocking – as linking currently does. But also by having recent photos taken on a paired smartphone with Android 13 Beta 2 appear on a Chromebook.
Since the new feature is part of Phone Hub, the photos appear below the phone-shaped icon on a Chromebook’s shelf. And that’s also why the toggle for the new feature shows up in Phone Hub in Chromebook settings. As can be seen in the images below.
That means users can’t just see their phone-captured photos or videos on a Chromebook almost instantly. They can also communicate with and use those media.
Users also have control over whether media can be shared on the phone side. Once a phone is connected, a switch will appear on the phone itself.
How can you use this new Android 13 Chromebook related feature to sync recent photos?
At the time of writing, most users will not see the new option. And that has as much to do with the Chromebook used to sync photos as it does with the Android 13 Beta 2 requirement.
Users don’t just need the latest beta for Android on their smartphones. They also need a Chromebook and that gadget has to be paired with their phone. In addition, the Chromebook in question must also be on the developer channel as a secondary requirement.
That usually means going through the setup process again once the Chromebook has returned to the stable channel. Of course, that’s also something that most users should probably do. Because the developer channel is a beta channel for the operating system and contains many bugs. But the features should arrive on the stable channel sooner rather than later, now that Android 13 is about to be completed.