Google testing a new ‘Copyless Paste’ feature in Chrome for Android

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Google is testing a new feature for the Android version of its Chrome web browser. Dubbed ‘Copyless Paste’, the feature is accessible under Chrome’s flags subsection (chrome://flags) and is available in the browser’s version 59 and later, as reported by XDA Developers website.

As its name suggests, ‘Copyless Paste’ automatically copies useful information (for instance, the address if a restaurant) and suggests it for pasting in apps where that information might be relevant.

“If you looked at a restaurant website and switched to the Maps app, the keyboard would offer the name of that restaurant as a suggestion to enter into the search bar,” reads the description of the feature.

It has been mentioned that the feature is not fully functional right now. VentureBeat website says that Google has been working on ‘Copyless Paste’ since February this year. It’s being assumed that since the functionality is in testing stage, it may be officially included in Chrome’s version 60.

Google could announce the feature at its I/O developer conference, scheduled for May 17-19 this year.

Another rumoured feature is the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode, as is available on Android TV. Using the feature, users will be able to browse the menu and access some other content in the background, while watching a movie or any other video in a small box inside the screen itself.

There could also be a feature to restrict background activity from apps in Android O. This is similar to what Google Chrome 57 has right now, with background tabs. Some other features likely to be included are API improvements, adaptive icons (like in Google Pixel) and more enterprise-focussed functions.
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