Chrome OS 88 arrives with screen saver customization and other changes

The launch of the new version of the operating system Chrome OS 88 in which they have been improved the usability in relation to PIN functionality, as well as the power capacity customize your screen saver and more.

For those who are unaware of this OS, they should know that it is based on the Linux kernel, the toolkit ebuild / portage compilation and components open and the web browser Chrome 88.

Chrome OS user environment is limited to a web browser and instead of standard programs, web applications are used; however, Chrome OS includes a full multi-window, desktop, and taskbar interface.

Main new features of Chrome OS 88

In this new version of Chrome OS 88 added the ability to quickly log into sites using a PIN or a fingerprint set to unlock the current device. It can be used a PIN or fingerprint instead of a password associated with a site or as an additional feature for two-factor authentication on sites.

This functionality at the moment only available on sites that support authentication using the WebAuthn API (web authentication), which allows you to connect using additional authentication methods, such as hardware tokens or fingerprint sensors.

When WebAuthn detects support, the browser will give a special notification about the possibility of using a PIN or fingerprint. For example, WebAuthn supports the Dropbox, GitHub, and Okta login sites.

Another novelty that comes to this new version of Chrome OS 88, is that the ability to customize the screen saver was implemented, This can be done through the settings "Personalization> Screen saver", where the user can organize the display of their images when they lock the screen.

Images can be displayed from albums in Google Photos or image collections. When the screen is locked, you can also activate the weather forecast and the music playback control widget.

On the other hand, it is mentioned that in Chrome OS 88 lThe location to save photos and videos has been changed in the camera app and it is that from this new version the photos now they are stored in the subdirectory «Camera», Available in the file manager in the "My files" section, previously saved photos and videos will still be in the Downloads directory.

Of the other changes that are staked out of this new version:

  • The ability to automatically correct spelling has been improved.
  • The AutoCorrect interface now visually highlights the corrections made and allows you to reverse the change. After correcting the error, the word now remains underlined.
  • Activation of auto-correction is controlled in the section "Device> Keyboard> Change input language and settings> Input method> New> Auto-correction".
  • Improved switching between virtual desktops.
  • To quickly change the desktop, you can now double or triple tap the "Change Desktop" shortcut on the touch screen, or press "Search + [" or "Search +]" on the keyboard to navigate to the left or right virtual desktop . .
    In the magnifying glass used to magnify individual areas on the screen, the ability to change focus using the keyboard (Ctrl + Alt + cursor keys) has been added.
    Touchpad gestures are now consistent with Reverse Scroll settings.

Finally if you want to know more about it about this new version of the system, you can check the details by going to to the following link.


The new build now available for most Chromebooks current, as well as external developers have trained versions for common computers with x86, x86_64 and ARM processors.

Last but not least, if you are a Raspberry user, you should know that you can also install Chrome OS on your device, only that the version you can find is not the most current, and there is still the problem with video acceleration due to hardware.

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