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Google strategy to cast image support to chrome shared clipboard

Ankita Pareek
Ankita Pareek
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Google already came up with the facility to sync your Chrome bookmarks, browsing history and preferences between devices. Chrome’s usefulness increased when it began integrating a native clipboard sharing capability called Shared Clipboard in September.

In its previous update, the feature was only capable of sharing plain text, including URLs, between devices. Moreover, now, further updates to the Chromium have revealed the inclusion of image sharing in future versions of Chrome.

According to the information collected, Chrome Story spotted the code change request in the Chromium Gerrit, and it comes with a description: “Add image support to Remote Copy.

By clicking on the three bugs associated with this feature, you can get an idea about how image sharing will work.

After clicking on bug issue 1018138 titled “[Shared Clipboard] Image support for the first integration,” you will get the following outline:

Exact details TBD but the general shape of this is:

  • Add image URL to message proto
  • When received, verify this is a valid and trustworthy source
  • Fetch the image in a utility process
  • Write the image to the clipboard
  • Show notification to the user

Issue 1018132:

Add a feature flag for receiving and handling an image payload.

At last, issue 1020582:

Image sharing via the Shared Clipboard feature likely won’t be integrated in time for Chrome version 80.

Moreover, when it comes to security, Chrome says:

Don’t really know what can go wrong on the web? You don’t have to. Chrome automatically protects you from security issues like phishing and dangerous sites. You shouldn’t have to be a security expert to feel safe on the web. Chrome was built to be secure by default, and easy to use by everyone.

Google Chrome shared clipboard new feature will be a great help to the users for sharing and syncing images.


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