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Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

April 19, 2014

TechCrunch

Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just by having an Android device registered to your account nearby.

The so-called “Easy Unlock” feature already has a graphic-based, user-friendly explainer for setup and use, but it doesn’t appear to offer live functionality yet, so even if you’re running the bleeding edge dev channel build you won’t be able to do much beyond seen the new walkthrough. Still, it looks like Google has done more than just think about this in passing.

Google has been looking at ways of getting…

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