Chrome OS 72 is rolling out and it is chock full up updates, feature additions
We expect there will be quite a bit of behind the scenes stuff involving Linux apps, file storage, USB access just to name a few but we will have to do some in-house tinkering to get the ins-and-outs as they are not listed in the official release notes. So, let’s take a look at what’s new in Chrome OS 72.
First, the official stuff.
- Addition of a page about touch gestures in the built-in ChromeVox screen reader tutorial
- Chrome browser has been optimized for touchscreen devices in tablet mode
- External storage access for Android apps using direct /storage and MediaStore APIs
- App shortcuts for Android apps are now searchable in the launcher. Users can find an app shortcut by long pressing or right-clicking on an Android app.
- Policies added to manage print job attributes for native printing including simple/duplex printing and color/B&W printing
- Picture in Picture (PiP) now available for Chrome sites
- Within the ChromeVox screen reader, added a setting in the ChromeVox options page to read anything under the mouse cursor
- Files saved via Backup and Sync on Drive now available in Files app under My Drive/Computers
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There is a lot of stuff to digest in the latest up to Chrome OS and we’ll be bringing you more in-depth coverage of them over the next few days.
Now, on to the less official stuff.
We received an email from a reader who said his device had just updated to Stable 72 and with it came the flag that enables the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, very few Chromebooks are actually getting 72 at the moment and out of the vast number of devices we have around the office, none of them are updating, yet.
We can confirm that most devices in Chrome OS 72 Beta do have the Assistant flag and that enabling it will bring Google’s handy helper to life on your Chromebook.
If you are on Beta or have received the update to 72 Stable, you can enable the flag by heading to
chrome://flags and searching “assistant.”
Once enabled, you should find the Assistant in your settings page. You can now invoke the Assistant by hitting Search+A on your keyboard or saying the OK, Google
Source: Chrome Releases