Google wants to take the ‘copy’ out of copy/pasting for Android users


Copy-pasting on mobile is — to use a technical term — a fucking hassle. Now Android is trying eliminate the “copy” half with the help of your browsing history.

Your phone would use “context” to determine what you want to paste. If you visit a specific site in a Chrome browser, then open a new window or app where you have to type something, you will get related information as a suggestion.

Provide suggestions for text input, based on your recent context. For example, 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. The data is indexed locally, and never sent to the server. It’s disabled in incognito mode.

Essentially, this would be a more sophisticated form of autofill. There might be a little bit of overlap with mobile ads — say I accidentally click on a Mercedes ad, then open up Maps. Would Google direct me to the nearest Mercedes dealership?

I mean, I’d go … but it’s not exactly what I had in mind.

Google's next trick for Android is 'copyless pasting' on Engadget

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