Earlier this month, Google overhauled its Chrome web browser across all platforms (Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android), introducing a new design with rounded corners, updated icons, and a new color palette. Now, the technology major is seeding the same update to Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system that’s used for Chromebooks.
The new update bumps Chrome OS to version 69, bringing it in line with current versions of Chrome browser on all supported platforms. The biggest change here is the refreshed ‘Material Theme’ design, which comes with rounded corners and overall softer visuals. In addition, it finally brings Linux app support to Chrome OS, a feature that had been in beta until now. Developers can now Linux apps and command-line tools via a terminal. The feature is intended to allow developers test Android apps on Chromebooks.
Another new feature is ‘Night Light’, it’s identical to Windows 10’s similarly-named functionality. According to a report by 9to5Google, ‘Night Light’ is meant to reduce the eye strain by automatically managing the colours on the screen throughout the day. Users can also create their own custom patterns and specify different colour temperature values.
There are a couple of other features as well, as mentioned in the official post on the Chrome Releases blog. These include a refreshed Files app, native support for Team Drives in Files app, global text-to-speech settings, OOBE visual improvements, and Tablet mode behaviour unification. Some security fixes are thrown into the mix as well, including patches for L1TF and Foreshadow vulnerabilities.
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The update is slowly rolling out, so it may take a while to reach all Chrome OS devices out in the wild.