Recently the release of the new version of the Chrome OS 97 operating system was announced which comes a week after the launch of Chrome 97 for desktop computers, Android and iOS, this being the last stable update for Chromebooks, the new version brings an updated Gallery application and improved accessibility, among other things.
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 97
In this new version of the system it is highlighted that the ability to check grammar in offline mode was implemented, allowing you to check spelling in web applications and various input fields when there is no network connection.
Also the ability to move the area to enlarge the content of the screen was implemented (Magnifier) following mouse movement (Chrome OS Settings> Advanced> Accessibility> Manage Accessibility Features> Enable Full Screen Magnifier).
Integration with external devices based on the Android platform has been improved, for example, support has been added for unlocking the screen from a smartphone, quickly pairing devices, transferring content between devices, organizing multimedia data transmission, and accessing messages.
It is also mentioned that there is another way to add a browser tab to the Reading List, For which you must have the Reading List enabled, of course, which hides behind a flag, when enabling this, the Reading List panel will appear a new option called "Add current tab" right there, when you click on it , the web page will be saved for later reading.
In addition to that, the application Gallery has added the ability to play sound and open multiple windows, besides that youIt also allows you to simultaneously open several images in the Gallery application. The application also allows you to access functions including zooming and editing each individual image available on the screen.
Another of the changes that stands out is in the multimedia application, which offers a new audio player That avoids the old little pop-up player and is that the new player is nice, looks good, and does the job.
Added API Management Telemetry to send telemetry data from centrally managed devices (on corporate systems). For example, it supports the transfer of information about the status of the CPU, memory, storage, and graphics subsystem.
On the other hand, the redesigned interface with settings to send information (for example, crash reports). The user can now see all the data used when submitting reports.
And it is also mentioned that added the ability to manage device settings (Device Settings) to the Chrome Policy API, which allows administrators to control users' devices and browsers. Previously, this API provided access to user settings, printing parameters, applications, and plug-ins.
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.
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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.