ChromeOS 89 news: Phone Hub, Share with Nearby and much more
We bring you what’s new in Chrome OS version 89, which will begin to reach Chromebook users starting today in the next few days. The development of this operating system goes hand in hand with the browser, which is why the version number is so high, since it was launched a few days ago Chrome 89. The news focuses on two branches: make Chrome OS more functional and communicate better with other devices.
Chrome OS and Chromebooks they have grown dramatically. Especially in 2020, where your sales increased 109%, Y Chrome OS overtook macOS becoming the second most used operating system in the world. Now, Google wants to settle its system with novelties oriented to its operation as a computer instead of as an operating system in the cloud, adding several options that were missed, and others to help with the ecosystem with Android.
Currently, according to data provided by Google itself, 1 in 10 computers sold in the world are Chromebooks, 1 in 5 in the United States. Their impact is seen above all in the educational field, where they claim to be leaders. Google’s strategy continues to be the one they have been carrying out in recent years, they take care of the operating system, and the manufacturers are the ones who create the devices.
This strategy will continue in 2021, where Google ensures that more than 60 new Chromebook models of all ranges will be launched, but none manufactured by themselves. In any case, what we are going to tell you today are what’s new in the operating system that will be received by those who obtain the updates.
Phone Hub to connect Android with Chrome OS
The first novelty is Phone Hub, a function in which Google has been working for a while. It is a tool with which be able to access your Android mobile from the Chromebook, something very similar to Your telephone Windows, but still with many limitations. However, it is an interesting first step.
To begin with, once you establish the connection with the phone, using the same Google account on both Android and Chrome OS, you will be able to check the battery and coverage of the device. You will also have a series of quick actions, such as activating the silence of the mobile, the shared connection or making the mobile ring to locate it.
It will also allow you to see extra content, such as the last tabs that you have opened in Chrome on your mobile to be able to resume browsing on the Chromebook. What’s more, you will also access mobile notifications, being able to see them on the Chromebook and even respond to notifications from instant messaging apps with quick actions. The latter is the same as you can respond from Android notifications, but with the comfort of the Chromebook.
Nearby Share also on Chrome OS
Google has a file sharing system on Android called Nearby Share The Share with Nearby. It is a system that uses the standard Bluetooth Low Energy to find nearby mobiles and send the request that you want to send the file. Something very similar to Airdrop from Apple, but designed for Android mobiles.
Now, with its new version, Nearby Share also comes to Chrome OS. This will allow you to be able to share files wirelessly and without needing third-party applications with other Chromebooks and Android mobiles, and Android devices will also be able to find Chromebooks to send them files.
The multi-desktop system is improved
Chrome OS has a multi-desktop system, which allows you to have several desktops as in Windows, and to be able to have some websites or applications on one or the other. With the improvements implemented, now this system is more functional. For example, when you restart, all the windows will be recovered so as not to lose the order you had.
You will be able to easily create other desktops when you enter your visualization, and give them names to be organized. Besides, also you will be able to click on a website and send it to a certain desktop to be able to easily organize the content. You will be able to move the desks to organize them by changing their order.
Other new features of Chrome OS M89
- WiFi Sync It will allow you to turn on the Chromebook or your Android, and detect if the other Android or Chrome OS device is connected to a WiFi network. If it is, you can connect to it with your device without having to type passwords, the other mobile or Chromebook will tell your Chromebook the credentials to connect directly.
- Chrome OS is finally implementing a system for taking quick screenshots, which also serves to record a video of what you do on screen. When making the captures or recordings, you will be able to select the area of the screen that you want to capture.
- Tote function. It’s quick access to the files you use the most, as well as the latest ones you’ve used on your Chromebook. You will also see the latest screenshots, and you can pin files. The idea is that the elements that you possibly need the most are always on hand.
- Clipboard on Chrome OS, it allows you to save the last 5 items. You can copy elements with Control + C and paste them with Control + V. As in Windows, which will allow you to have easier to carry elements from one website or application to another.
- Quick Answer: When you right-click on some words or phrases that you have selected in a text, within the contextual menu you will see an Assistant option in which quick answers are proposed. It is as if the wizard gave you information about what you had selected.
- Integrated multimedia controls directly in the menu of Quick setup, so that you can know where to go to play, pause or skip to the next song, whether you are listening to it on the Internet or an Android app.
- Now fewer steps are required to share files, images, and links between applications and the network. When clicking on Share in a compatible app or web, the list of apps with which you can share the content will appear. Same as on Android.
- Improvements in parental control settings, to make it easier for parents. They will be able to add a school account on their children’s Chromebook, or a PIN to make it easier for their children to sign in.
- Improvements for the reading of written content function, in which you can control the playback of the narration. For example, you can speed it up so that it goes a little faster.
- The Chromebook’s built-in app icons change design, and have a more modern look.
In addition to this, Google continues to work with developers to help them adapt the applications to Chrome OS, whether they are webapps or Android applications that you can install with Google Play. The idea is to continue being able to implement applications so that you can use them when you are connected, but also when you are not. In addition, from Google they say that they want to make it do not matter if an app is native, Android or webapp, since they want to offer an increasingly unified experience.