It looks like Google is planning to invade the iOS App Store once again in the near future. A recent post in the Chromium open issues tracker reveals that the remote desktop management app Google is building for Android phones and tablets will also be made available for iOS devices.
Google’s mobile Chrome apps might soon permit users to remotely access their desktop computers. Apparently the Android version, called Chromoting, is well into its development cycle, while an iOS version is just getting under way.
Google has previously allowed Chrome users to access remote PCs and Chromebooks, but nothing thus far in the mobile ecosystem. These mobile clients would be an extension of Google’s earlier efforts with its Chrome Remote Desktop screen sharing and remote access service, which exited from beta in fall 2012.
The benefit to using the Chrome application over competing solutions designed for professionals, like LogMeIn or TeamViewer, for example, is that it’s turnkey for existing Chrome users, and also, it’s free.
“As noted, the iOS version is much unpolished at this stage,” developer Hannah S. wrote. Icons, toolbars and more apparently need to be re-designed and re-organized.
In addition the iOS version is reportedly further behind than the Android version. It will ship first, though no time frame was given.
Details regarding the overall feature set, or a general timeframe to launch are still under wraps for these official “Chromoting” clients. We’ll update this post if or when we hear back.