Chrome OS 72 rolling out w/ Android 9 Pie for extra gadgets, native Google Assistant, browser PiP, extra
Following final yr’s Google Materials Theme and full launcher redesign aimed toward tablets and different touchscreen gadgets, Chrome OS 72 is rolling out at the moment. This huge launch brings Android 9 Pie to extra Chromebooks and includes a handful of different notable modifications to Assistant, Solid, and PiP.
Introduced at I/O 2018, the occasion of Android utilized by Chrome OS for apps and the Play Retailer is now primarily based on Pie. An improve from Nougat, Google skipped Oreo completely and added some main modifications within the course of.
Google Assistant is now natively built-in into Chrome OS. This newest model first launched on the Pixel Slate is now increasing to different gadgets just like the Pixelbook. As a substitute of a phone-sized panel within the bottom-left nook, it’s now centered on the display and much like the brand new search/app launcher UI. Customers also can decrease Assistant to a tiny pill-shaped bar.
Assistant greets you with “Hello, how can I assist?” and options three suggestion chips to focus on performance. Customers can sort a question — and profit from the elevated width — or difficulty a voice command with the Hey and Okay Google hotword. A gear button subsequent to the microphone icon permits customers to entry the up to date Assistant settings already discovered on Android.
In the meantime, the Android settings web page in Chrome OS is now styled like on the Pixel three and Pixel three XL with colourful Materials Theme icons.
Chrome 72 removes the power to setup Chromecast dongles utilizing the Mac, Home windows, or Linux browser. Customers may beforehand setup Wi-Fi, machine naming, and extra by heading to chrome://solid. That URL would stroll customers by discovering a streaming machine in your community. Now, that web page simply exhibits customers what particular officers can be found to them.
Google is directing customers to the Google Dwelling app for Android and iOS. It’s vital to notice that this variation solely applies to the setup course of and never any casting performance. Customers can nonetheless ship tabs, video, or audio from Chrome OS to a Chromecast or different Chromecast-enabled machine, like Google Dwelling, as soon as all the pieces is setup.
In the meantime, Chrome OS 72 revamps the Solid UI. As a substitute of a panel opening on the middle of your display, it’s now positioned on the top-right nook. The blue management strip has been eliminated for a completely white interface. Supply choice (tab, desktop, file) is not its personal interface, however moderately only a dropdown menu. Moreover, the record of gadgets is accompanied by extra descriptive icons that establish screens, audio system, and teams. This new interface won’t be absolutely rolled out for all customers.
Settings have been barely reorganized with the Passwords, Cost strategies, and Addresses and extra not underneath “Folks.” A brand new “Autofill” part now homes these choices.
Image-in-Image has been accessible within the Chrome browser for a number of releases now. It may be enabled in YouTube with an extension, however video websites have but to essentially assist it. PiP is now accessible in Chrome OS, and is enabled by default when opening a neighborhood video file within the browser.
Like on different platforms, there’s a brand new “Image in image” button on the backside nook of movies. The compact window options play/pause and shut button, in addition to the power to resize by dragging on the top-left nook. In the intervening time, it is just accessible for web sites and never Android apps.
With USBGuard in Chrome OS 72, locked Chromebooks will ignore USB connections from printers, scanners, and different storage gadgets as a method to forestall malicious assaults. Connectivity will likely be restored as soon as customers log again into their Chrome OS gadgets. The function could be disabled with the next Chrome flag if it ends in any points:
When accessible, Android app shortcuts will seem when performing searches within the launcher discipline. In the meantime, a brand new “Communicate textual content underneath the mouse” possibility permits the ChromeVox display reader to start talking when customers hover over any a part of a web page.
In different modifications, Google formally notes that the “Chrome browser has been optimized for touchscreen gadgets in pill mode.” We’re nonetheless on the lookout for what that precisely entails. The official changelog is beneath:
- Addition of a web page about contact gestures within the built-in ChromeVox display reader tutorial
- Exterior storage entry for Android apps utilizing direct /storage and MediaStore APIs
- Insurance policies added to handle print job attributes for native printing together with easy/duplex printing and coloration/B&W printing
- Recordsdata saved through Backup and Sync on Drive now accessible in Recordsdata app underneath My Drive/Computer systems
Chrome OS 72 is rolling out now and will likely be accessible for all Chromebooks over the subsequent a number of weeks.
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