Google is said to be discreetly beta-testing Chrome Remote Desktop for Android

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Credit: Francois Beaufort

Android users may soon be able to access their PCs remotely without any extra desktop software besides Google’s Chrome browser.

According to GigaOM , Google is now testing a version of Chrome Remote Desktop for Android devices among a small group of beta users. A rollout for all users is likely coming soon.

Although GigaOM’s story didn’t offer any more details, Google employee Francois Beaufort was able to build a working version from source code a few weeks ago. He noted that the app supports gestures such as two-finger scrolling, pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipe to bring up the virtual keyboard.

Chrome Remote Desktop is already available through the Chrome browser for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It lets users control the desktop of any other computer running Chrome, either for technical support or for accessing files and programs that aren’t on the local machine. Google has been working on an Android version of this feature for nearly a year.

While there are plenty of remote desktop apps for Android already, including TeamViewer, 2X Remote Desktop Client and Splashtop, the nice thing about Chrome Remote Desktop is that you don’t have to install or run any extra software on the desktop side, provided you’re already using the Chrome browser. You simply add the Remote Desktop app through the Chrome Web Store and set a PIN on the device you want to access from afar. Google’s solution is also completely free.

It’s unclear exactly when an Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop will become available.

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