The Chromium team at Google has rolled out a new update to Chrome OS in the Stable channel. The updated build is 55.0.2883.87 (Platform version: 8872.70.0 or 8872.70.1) and is available now on eligible devices. The update, however, is not available for the following Chromebooks:
- HP Chromebook 11 1100-1199 / HP Chromebook 11 G1
- Samsung Chromebook 2 11″
- HP Chromebook 14
If you have one of these devices, an update is likely going to be coming your way in a few weeks.
As with all Chrome OS updates, this one includes a number of bug fixes and security improvements but also has a number of new features too.
The new features in this build include
API for setting BLE Advertising frequency for Kiosks
Files App Gallery: Resize Image Feature
SAML support for Integrated Windows ® Authentication
More Chrome APIs are whitelisted to force-install Apps and Extensions in Public Sessions
Even if you do not need or have an interest in these new features, it is a good idea to get the latest update to your device for the security and bug fixes. As a reminder, you can always wait until the update is released for your device but you can force the issue too. Just typing in chrome://help in the browser on your Chromebook and it will automatically look for and install the update.