Hard to believe Chrome OS has It has been around for a decade, but tor celebrate the 10th birthday of the Chromebook, Google is rolling out a ton of new features to improve productivity, connectivity, and more.
Similar to the way Handoff works on macOS, Google is improving the synergy between Chromebooks and Android phones with the new Phone Hub. With Phone Hub, you will be able to pair your Android phone with a Chromebook to create a new window with several useful shortcuts that allow you to control your phone remotely. That means you can do things like turn on your access point, silence your phone’s ringer, or activate the phone’s paging feature without having to get up.
Besides that, you will also be able to reply to Phone Hub messages, check your phone battery life and cell signal, and open the last two Chrome tabs you were looking at on your phone, allowing you to more easily pick up where you left off when switching devices.
Google has also updated its Wi-Fi sync feature so Chromebooks can automatically log in. in Wi-Fi networks that you have previously logged into on your Android phone or other Chrome OS devices. And sometime in the next few months, Google will also offer Close Share to Chromebooks, so you can more easily transfer files wirelessly (via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) between compatible devices.
In the meantime, to help you get the job done a bit faster, Google has added a new screenshot tool to the Chrome OS Quick Settings menu, which can take screenshots or screen recordings by simply selecting content on the screen. TThe Quick Settings menu now has built-in multimedia controls, and to make it easier to access screenshots and pinned files, Google created the new Tote space, which is available on the Chrome OS Shelf.
Even the Chrome OS Clipboard is getting a boost as you can now save the last five items you have copied, which can be easily viewed by pressing the All Button + V.
The desktop feature has also been revamped allowing you to rearrange tabs and windows across multiple workspaces to help keep information from different projects neat better, and now there are a new Quick Replies to Anything You Right Click section in your browser that will provide short definitions unit conversions.
For parents trying to better manage their children’s devices, Google also tweaked Family bond making it easier for them to manage permissions and staff vs. school accounts on the same devices.
Finally, in addition to the new icons for apps like Canvas and Explore, Google also reduced the number of clicks required to share content and added new controls to the Select to pronounce feature that allows users to slow down, speed up or pause text-to-speech playback.
Aside from Near Share, most of the new Chromebook features should start rolling out today, so if you don’t already have them, check back soon for updates.