Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta, now available for download

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Hot on the heels of the official Google Camera landing in the Play Store is the Chrome Remote Desktop app! It was found to be in beta a couple of weeks ago, though only a few select lucky users were able to get their sweaty palms on it. Thankfully it didn’t take long for Google’s engineers to finalize everything.

The app is simple in concept: it allows you to view an control any PC that has Google Chrome with the remote desktop extension installed. Setup is about two minutes and pain-free, and once you’re done you’ll be able to do anything you need on your computer from afar (whether it’s from your smartphone, a tablet or even another PC). Make no delay in grabbing it here if it’s something you’ve been waiting on.

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  • Barry D.

    Is there any advantage to this over using VNC? I control my computer at home with VNC quite often.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      Tripple protection. Google account, 2-factor authentication, and the machine PIN. I love it.

      • Endoverend

        I’d disagree with the amount of protection this offers. The web browser
        is the most common means of a security breach, and as such adding a
        plugin to one that enables it to provide remote desktop access might not
        be the best idea. This should have been done as a separate application
        on the PC side.

        Additionally, I’d rather not provide Google (or
        any third party) with all the means to directly access my computer using
        information they have on file. I’ll take my chances with a strong
        password.

        • JRomeo

          the browser plugin can only be accessed by your google account at a different location. And, even if somebody steals, or hacks your google password, and tries to login at a remote location to control your desktop. they won’t be able to because of Google’s 2-step authentication. You’ll be notified on your cellphone immediately of a login attempt from an unknown computer.

  • No_Nickname90

    From the reviews, the app still seems too knew. Too many bugs and glitches to iron out. I see no reason to replace TeamViewer as of now.

    But then again, Splashtop was considered awesome and it sucked over mobile data. Though TeamViewer worked just fine under the same standards.

  • Splaktar

    Any PC? I think not. You cannot Chrome remote desktop into Chromebooks or Linux machines as far as I know. I would love to hear otherwise but that’s current as of a couple months ago.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Yep. Linux is a no-go. Just tested and made a sad face like this one -> :( … ‘:(