Soon you might be able to log into a Chromebook just by bringing your Android phone close to it.
That would be a lot easier than typing in a password — as soon as your Chromebook detected that the phone was nearby, it would automatically unlock, using a feature helpfully named “Easy Unlock.” You might not even have to take your phone out of your pocket.
Will this really come to a Chromebook near you? Who knows. There is a tantalizing suggestion in the latest developer version of Chrome OS, according to Android Police, which first reported the “feature.” It’s an option that developers can enable — but once enabled, it doesn’t actually do anything except show a tantalizing first screen.
If it materializes, it won’t be the first time someone has tried to use a phone to unlock a device. A startup called Toopher showed a similar product in 2012. More recently, HP introduced a technology to use NFC-enabled smartphones to unlock office laser printers — just tap your phone to the printer and you can use all the toner you want.
Hat tip: TechCrunch