+ Sunday January 26th, 2020

Google Chrome OS
Google’s ChromeOS Beta track is getting an update from today, with a couple of new features which sees the Files app and Calculator get the biggest visual overhauls, with a Material Design makeover for both apps. There’s a few other changes which have been announced in the update which takes the version to 42.0.2311.41 (Platform version: 6812.34.0).

Other updates included in the release are :

The ability to pin your favorite apps to their shelf
Files app has implemented Material Design
Support for password-protected zip files
Updated calculator app

The updated apps look pretty neat, with a new look that are pretty nice :

While the update is heading out – there is a few drawbacks in that Google doesn’t send updates out for all their devices, something of a problem with a growing hardware base. At this stage, the devices NOT receiving the update includes :

  • Chromebook Pixel
  • Acer Chromebox CXI
  • LG Chromebase
  • Asus Chromebox
  • Dell Chromebox
  • HP Chromebox
  • HP Chromebook 14
  • Toshiba Chromebook
  • Acer C720
  • Dell Chromebook 11

Seemingly a number of older Intel based systems in this lot. But never mind, there’s usually updates to these systems before too long.

If you do receive the update and notice a bug, make sure to mention it on the Chrome Bug Tracker or by selecting ‘Report an issue…’ in the Chrome menu by going to the menu (3 horizontal bars in the upper right corner of the browser).

Source: Chrome Releases.

Daniel Tyson  

Daniel Tyson

Daniel is a former editor of Ausdroid, and left in February 2019.

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Max Luong
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Just noticed this when I opened Files on my HP Chromebook 11 (the Google designed version).

The launcher has been redesigned as well. Completely new.

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