Google decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first Chromebook, delivering a generous update to the operating system of these devices: Chrome OS. The novelties include greater integration between Android and the laptop, as well as a native tool for recording what happens on the screen.
The first real Chromebook appeared in a 2010 project (the CR-48), but only in 2011 did this type of computer show up in stores for consumers, with the presence of Samsung and Acer bringing gadgets with a screen in a very similar size to netbooks – remember that name?
While these models no longer receive updates, the most recent ones are within the update package and Chrome OS 89 runs away from the traditional one for the platform: bug fixes and one or another new feature. The list of this new version of the operating system is longer, starting with three tools that increase the integration between the Chromebook and an Android.
Chrome OS controls even mobile phone settings remotely
The first one is called Phone Hub, a kind of reserved area that allows the control of smartphone functions, such as replying to a text message, checking the battery level, activating or deactivating the silent mode and listing the recent Chrome tabs on the cell phone. .
The second is the addition of more devices with Wi-Fi Sync, which allows the connection of the Chromebook in networks known to Android, without the need to enter the password – it is more or less how the same feature works between iOS and macOS devices. . The third expands Nearby Share for sharing files between users.
Focusing on the experience of using Chrome OS, in this new version users can use a native tool to record everything that happens on the screen. The new function is within the traditional capture, which is no longer done only by keyboard shortcut and will also have an icon in the quick settings menu.
In this same place are new media controls to control the playback of music or videos running both in Android applications and on the web through Chrome. Next to the notification area, quick access to files, screenshots, recent downloads can be opened and this location is called a Tote.
In less visible news there is a new menu for pasting copied items, which stores the last five contents of the clipboard. The idea is to choose which one will be inserted in the destination location, or to allow adding all at once. Right-clicking on a word can result in quick responses, such as converting a currency, defining the word, or translating into another language.
Workspaces within the same desktop will be restored with each window and app open shortly after Chrome OS is restarted. More apps will appear on the menu to share files, images and links. The text-to-speech converter can change the speed of the narration and, finally, application icons of the system itself gain a new look – they are circular, as in the Android phone.
Chrome OS 89 is slowly being released to all users. The update is automatic and it is not necessary to click on any button, as it works exactly as in Chrome for PC: once installed, the update is applied at the next restart.
With information: Google.