Mobile phone user interfaces have come a long way, but the humble copy and paste remains fairly clunky. Voice-controlled assistants like Cortana and Siri are bridging the gap, but sometimes, you just want to take text from one app and stick it into another. And Google will start predicting what that text might be when its “Copyless Paste” arrives on Android.
As VentureBeat’s Jordan Novet writes, Google has just flicked the switch inside Chromium, the base for Chrome, that adds the option to turn on Copyless Paste via the browser’s internal flags page.
The feature itself is described as “App Indexing (Copyless Paste)” in Chromium’s source code and comes with the following description:
“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.”
Sounds like it could be useful, but will probably need a fair bit of tuning before it’s hitting the right notes consistently.