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Google's Chrome OS now plays better with phones

Google's Chrome OS now plays better with phones

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Google's making its Chrome OS work better for people with Android devices. A new feature announced at its annual I/O developer conference today lets users unlock their Chrome OS device using their phone automatically. Notifications that pop up on either device will also now show up on the other, so users don't need to go back and forth.

The changes come as Google plans to make Chrome OS work better with Android apps. Google today announced support for some Android apps right on Chrome, including the option to launch Android apps through the Chrome launcher. Some of the example apps were Evernote, Vine, and Flipboard, though it's currently unclear what app developers will need to do in order to get their software to be compatible.

Google's effort joins one announced by Apple earlier this month that lets users send data between iOS 8 devices and computers running its upcoming OS X release Yosemite. Just like that one, Google's will rely on new software that's expected in the fall. In Google's case, it's Android L, a completely redesigned version of Android announced at I/O that developers are getting their hands on today.