Apple’s Handoff technology is one of those cool conveniences you have to experience. But it’s by and large an Apple-only phenomenon, running exclusively on Lightning-equipped iOS devices and 2012-and-later Mac models, mainly on a selection of Apple’s built-in apps. Apple has kept the APIs to its iOS and OS X operating systems, and apps can hand off content and state only to the same app on another devices using the same iCloud account.

Thus, when Google adopted Handoff this week in the latest version of its Chrome browser for iOS, I was intrigued. Apple lets any developer use the Handoff APIs in its OSes, so the technology is used by other companies’ apps. But Chrome on iOS can hand off information to Safari on a Mac — ignoring the app restrictions of the Handoff API.

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