Chrome OS updated: better window controls, launcher folders and more

May 20, 2014

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As Chromebooks continue to grow in popularity, we’ll likely continue to see plenty of changes heading to Chrome OS as it continues to evolve into a true and worthy alternative to traditional operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Most of these changes are subtle under-the-hood ones, but every once in a while Google throws Chrome OS an update that brings noticeable improvements with it. Today is such as day.

Update 35.0.1915.116 offers several new UI improvements, including the support for folders within the Chrome OS Launcher. In short, you can now better organize your apps, which has become important as more offline and online apps show up each day. There’s also some changes to window controls, bringing back the minimize button and the left/right tiling of windows can now be done via a long-press on teh maximize button.

That’s not all, here’s some of the other changes highlighted by the Google Chrome blog:

  • Hotwording (or “Ok Google”) is now available on New Tab Page and Google.com for English (US) users.
  • We’ve implemented captive portal detection during a signed-in session, which will help you get online in cafes, hotels, airports, and other locations which provide internet connectivity via a captive portal.

As for when your particular Chromebook (or box) model will see the update? The update should start pushing out now to all Chrome devices with the exception of the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox and the Asus Chromebox.

Comments

  • Who cares anyway

    can’t wait for the update because when i go onto campus it causes me to sign in every time. not something too important, it’s just a nice touch

  • Jayfeather787

    I wish Google would allow us to download Chrome OS, like the iso so I could install it on a device other than a Chromebook. I am not the biggest fan of Chrome OS, but I still want to try it out and see how it runs. I have a low powered laptop that is running Ubuntu, but if Chrome OS runs better on it, then I would like that. I know that there is Chromium OS, which is almost the same thing, but I want the official Chrome OS, just to try out. I might like it.

    • Harkaboy

      Couldn’t agree more! I need this!

      • Shark Bait

        See my reply to Jayfeather787

    • Shark Bait

      You can, but you have to run it off a flash drive as chrome is doesn’t support hard disks.

      I did this on an old laptop and liked it, so I took out the CD drive, glued a memory stick in its place, and then soldered wires between the stick and USB port, worked pretty well and it aloud me to dual boot windows and chrome OS
      I liked it alot, and now I have a real chrome book and it’s even better !

      • Jayfeather787

        Nice job. I would like to try that. If you could show me the link to download Chrome OS and put it on a flash drive, I would be very thankful. I know how to write an iso to a USB, and I have an 8 gig flash drive that I am willing to install Chrome OS on.

      • Harkaboy

        …but you didn’t tell us how you did it. Would you mind sharing it?

        • Shark Bait

          Yeah, download this http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/
          The follow the instruction to put it on the flash drive . its easy

          • Harkaboy

            That’s exactly what me and Jayfeather787 said we didn’t want to install. Read my comment that you commented on earlier. I don’t want Hexxeh’s. We want an official ISO file.

          • Shark Bait

            Oh yeah, so you did. Well that’s pulled from the open source chromium project. Its the closest you’ll get since it doesn’t support hard drives so you’ll never be able to install an ISO the way you would Linux

          • Harkaboy

            The closest I’ll get is what Jayfeather787 shared a few hours ago. If that works. I’ll check that out now. Thanks anyway!

          • Jayfeather787

            I am trying it now. I managed to install Chromium OS without an issue. The upgrade to Chrome OS is a little problematic. I have tried one image, and it did not install on my laptop. I have tried again and picked a different image. There are 27 different images. This might take a while…

          • Jayfeather787

            Ok, I just got Chrome OS to install. I used the Cr-48 build. I am having a couple issues, like the fact that wifi does not work
            However, it is possible to install Chrome OS. I will try to post pictures of it running on my older Sony Vaio laptop.
            Nah the picture size is too much. I will try to post screenshots later.

          • Jayfeather787

            There we go. Here is one pic

          • Harkaboy

            Awesome!

          • Jayfeather787

            You could try this. There is no way to get official Chrome OS, I know now. However here is a guide for downloading and installing Chromium OS, then upgrading it to the official Chrome OS. http://zzsethzz.blogspot.com/2013/02/install-chromium-upgrade-it-to-chrome.html

          • Harkaboy

            Now that’s good enough for me! Thanks a lot, kind sir!

  • Tjaldid

    Waiting on android to be patched into the code

  • Daim Shahzad
    • Jayfeather787

      Overpriced junk. I would get a real laptop. Scratch that, I would build myself a desktop with far better specs that costs less.

  • deepen915

    Windows 8.1 + Chrome Browser = Chrome OS on an actual PC.. Chromebooks are pointless, except for young children in school.

    • Jayfeather787

      Nah