(Pocket-lint) – Google has detailed a couple of new Chrome OS options headed to Chromebooks within the coming weeks. The improvements are timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Chrome OS (that is flown through!) this 12 months.
The brand new options come at the again of a exceptional 12 months for Chromebook gross sales and – as defined through Chrome’s director of product control Alexander Kuscher – are a part of Google’s plan to “evolve and make bigger” the platform. The updates are cut up into two sides, doing issues faster and dealing with more than one units.
Lots of the options are recognisable from different running programs like Home windows and macOS as you can see. Google has additionally given more than a few icons a brand new glance, too.
The more than one tool improvements are in all probability maximum of passion since they lend a hand your Chromebook paintings higher with Android telephones. In the beginning, Chrome OS will paintings with Close by Percentage – Google introduced the function to Android in 2020. Close by Percentage lets you percentage recordsdata, hyperlinks, photos and extra with Android customers within sight and is like AirDrop on iOS, macOS and iPadOS.
Phone Hub is a one-stop control centre to work with your Android phone. You can reply to texts, locate your device, look at Chrome tabs from your phone and so on.
Wi-Fi Sync on Chrome OS can now also connect to trusted networks you’ve used on your phone meaning you don’t need to enter credentials again.
Kuscher adds to “stay tuned for more feature releases this year that help your devices work better together”. Intriguing.
Then there are some speed enhancements. Kuscher again: “We’ve redesigned key parts of the Chromebook experience based on your feedback and added new features that make it easy to get things done fast, so you can focus on your work, not your tools.”
You can now share files, images and links between apps and the web in fewer steps like on a mobile OS. When you click share on a supported app or website, you’ll see a list of apps you can share content with directly.
Screen reader Select-to-speak also has new controls that let you speed up, slow down and pause the reading voice in real-time plus easily jump to different sections of text.
Media controls are also now built directly into the Quick Settings menu. There’s also a new Screen Capture tool in the Quick Settings menu which is a bit like the much-improved clipping tools we’ve seen come to Windows 10 and macOS in recent times. Once you take a screen capture, it’ll instantly show up in Tote, which is “a new space that keeps important files right at your fingertips”. Open Tote from your Shelf and you’ll see all your recent downloads, recent screen captures and pinned files.
There’s also a new Clipboard, so Chrome OS saves the last five items copied without needing to switch between windows. Press the Launcher Key to use the Clipboard.
Chromebook setup for parents and guardians has also been streamlined. Now when parents set up a new Chromebook using their child’s personal Google Account (managed with Family Link), they can immediately add a school account and PIN should they choose.
Finally, if you have to reboot, all your windows will restore to where they were before.
Writing by Dan Grabham.