Google is reported to be testing a feature called “Copyless Paste” on Android, which allows users to paste text without having to copy it first.
Engadget reports that the feature “thinks” of what you were looking at in Chrome and makes it available in other apps. It’s now possible to enable Copyless Paste in chrome://flags in Chrome Canary for Android, although turning it on might not do anything.
The flag’s description includes an example of how this feature could come in handy. “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,” it says. Data is only stored locally and never sent to Google.
Copyless Paste was first reported on in March, though at the time the full extent of the feature was unknown. It’s likely that Google will deploy the feature to Chrome 60 for Android, which will be launched at some point in the next few months.
The report adds that the Copyless Paste feature won’t work when users are utilizing incognito tabs, presumably because of the way these pages store data. Low-end devices also appear to miss out on the feature, the report notes.
Credit: VentureBeat, Engadget