Chrome OS 100 release is out

Chrome OS 100 is based on the Linux kernel, the upstart system manager, the ebuild/portage build toolkit, open source components and the Chrome 100 web browser.

This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Chrome OS systems will receive updates in the next few days.




Changes to Chrome OS 100 include:

  • A new implementation of the app bar (Launcher) with enhanced search capabilities. The app list panel now appears on the side of the screen, leaving more room to work in the windows that are already open. You can group your apps in any way you like. Search results for open-ended questions give you, in addition to a preview of the search results, information blocks so that you don't have to go to the browser. From Launcher, you can also search for keyboard shortcuts and search in open tabs and windows in the browser;
  • the camera app has been expanded with tools for creating animated GIF images. If you activate the switch in video shooting mode, it will be automatically recorded and converted into a 5-second GIF clip. It can be sent by e-mail, to another application or sent to an Android-smartphone using the service Nearby Share;
  • the voice text input feature has been supplemented with the ability to edit content. It recognizes a number of voice commands, including "delete" to delete the last letter, "go to the next/previous character" to change the cursor position, "undo" to undo changes, and "select all" to highlight text. The number of these commands will be expanded. To enable voice input, you need to use the keyboard combination "Search + d" or the settings in the "Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard and text input" section;
  • Chrome OS Flex environment can now be installed on more devices (over 100). Google introduced Chrome OS Flex in February. It's a lightweight version of the OS that will bring almost any old iron to life;
  • the ability to assign custom icons and names to sites when used in Managed Sessions with a limited set of sites available (Managed Session);
  • Google Admin console has been updated with a new report with a summary of devices, where you need to pay attention to the performance. The new Chrome Management Telemetry API is used to report advanced device health information.

At the end of March, Google released a test build of Chrome OS with support for the Steam client. Steam can currently only run on devices with 11th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, Intel Iris Xe Graphics GPUs and 8GB of RAM.

Earlier, the developer version of Chrome OS 101 added support for VRR's variable refresh rate technology.


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