One month after the previous version, Google released a major new update to its desktop operating system. Is about Chrome OS 81 y is between us, well, for some time now, so it is certain that it must have already reached all compatible devices, that is, Chromebooks. The not-so-new version introduced interesting new features, among which are improvements in tablet mode.
As reported by Alexander Kuscher, director of operating system software, Chrome OS 81 is now easier to navigate in tablet mode Chromebook thanks to the introduction of new gestures, the launch of Quick Shelf and some updates to the web browser that have been designed for tablet mode. Below you have the list of the most outstanding news that came along with this version.
Chrome OS 81 Highlights
- New gestures that facilitate navigation in tablet mode:
- To return to the home screen, now we just have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- To see the open applications, we will do the same, but we will keep the finger stopped in the center of the screen, which will open the application selector or the multitasking view (and I'm sorry, but here I have to mention that, well, these gestures we have already seen).
- Now we can advance or return to a previous web page by swiping left or right from the edges of the screen.
- The Chromebook shelf has been redesigned to show more space on the screen for windows and apps. Now, in tablet mode we can access the fixed applications and other programs that are running on the Quick Shelf.
- The Shelf is now more compact to offer more space to focus on the tasks at hand.
- The Picture-in-Picture has now reached all the applications of the Google Play store.
- Now it is easier to manage Chrome tabs thanks to a line easily accessible by tapping when we are in tablet mode.
Google promises that they are still working on more news that will improve the tablet mode, but that will already be in a Chrome OS 82, which should have arrived on May 5, but will be delayed, or omitted and passed. straight to v83, due to the COVID-19 crisis.