According to a new screenshot emailed to ChromeUnboxed by a reader, Google could soon allow users to receive SMS text notifications on their Chromebooks. A toggle that enables the feature was discovered in Chrome OS’ settings menu on the reader’s Samsung Chromebook Plus.
Mind you, locating this toggle, as it turns out, wasn’t all that simple. The reader had to enable a flag from within the developer build of Chrome OS that would enable “multidevice features”. Gabriel Brangers, the author of ChromeUnboxed‘s article, tried following these steps on his own Chromebook and failed. So right now, the feature seems to only be appearing for certain people.
Still, it’s cool to see SMS integration coming to Chrome OS. How the feature will actually work is beyond me, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out soon.
This news comes ahead of the “Eve” Chromebook unveiling which is likely to happen in the near future. The machine is rumored to have the Google Assistant, a fingerprint sensor, a backlit keyboard, a 2-in-1 form factor, a stylus, and Android app support.