External Drive Renaming Coming Soon to Chrome OS

Google Pixel Chromebook 2013

Chrome OS users, you can file this one under finally!  In a code commit by the Chromium team who lead up the Chrome OS platform effort in Google, the ability to change the name of an attached external drive or USB stick looks to be a Ctrl+Enter keystroke away in an upcoming release of the platform.

The change comes via a new flag that is enabled in the platform, more specifically in the Files app.  That flag allows for the ability to change the name of a drive to be added to the Format Device menu or through the Ctrl+Enter shortcut.

As a result, when ‘–enable-external-drive-rename’ flag is enabled you should be able to see rename option under ‘Format device’ in context menu or through shortcut Ctrl+Enter. Second visible change is decoupled external drive name and its mount point. Now you should also see entries with the exact same name if you use two or more partitions/disks with the exact same name.

You can read the full outline of the code commit here if you are interested.

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Chrome OS Build 60 Released for Most Devices

Chrome OS Build 60

Chrome OS Build 60, the latest version of the platform, is now rolling out to most devices.  Build 60.0.3112.80 (Platform version: 9592.71.0) contains a number of bug fixes, improvements and other enhancements to device.  The release of the Chrome OS update to Build 60 comes after updates to the Chrome browser and Chrome for Android apps over the course of the past week.

There is a rather extensive list of device that will not be seeing this update, at least not yet.

  • Google Chromebook Pixel
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • Dell Chromebook 13 3380
  • Chromebook 14 for work (CP5-471)
  • Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga/Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Samsung Chromebook 2 11″
  • AOpen Chromebox Mini
  • AOpen Chromebase Mini
  • AOpen Chromebox Commercial
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Acer Chromebook R11
  • Chromebook 11 Model 3180
  • ASUS Chromebook C202SA

The devices on the list not getting the update are generally those which are able to run Android apps natively (i.e. in the Stable channel) and are on a slightly different train.  If your Chrome OS device is not on the above list, the easiest way to get the update is to open up the browser and type chrome://help and check for the update.  I’ve already updated my Acer Chromebook 14 to this new build and it took about 5 minutes to download and install.

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Chrome OS 59 Finally Comes to The Samsung Chromebook Pro

Samsung Chromebook Pro

For those of you who have the Samsung Chromebook Pro, today’s a good day.  After a wait of some six weeks, Chrome OS 59 is finally shipping to your devices.  Build 59 was released back on June 12th and it was widely available for the majority of devices.  The Chromebook Pro was not on that list which, at the time, wasn’t a big shocker.  It, after all, is one of a handful of Chromebooks that runs Android apps natively and it was assumed the build would come for it in a week or two.  But it took a lot longer.

There is no official reason for why the delay happened but the update is now rolling out to these devices.  The team over at Chrome Unboxed have confirmed they received the update on their Samsung Chromebook Pro.  If you have the Chromebook Pro, just type chrome://help in the browser and check for the update to install it.

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Chrome OS Stable Channel Sees Minor Updates

Google Pixel Chromebook 2013

An update for Chrome OS is currently rolling out to the stable channel.  The update is build 59.0.3071.134 (Platform versions: 9460.73.0, 9460.73.1) for those keeping score at home and should be hitting devices over the course of the next few days.  Unlike similar releases over the course of the past few months, Google did not indicate any specific devices this update would not be coming to this week.  Rather, they simply indicate “most devices” will see the update.

To check to see if the update is coming to your Chrome device, go to chrome://help in the browser on your Chromebook or Chromebox and check for the update.  If it is available to your device, it will start downloading and after a restart, will be installed.

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Today’s Deal – Samsung Chromebook Plus Down to $409 on Amazon

Samsung Chromebook Plus

Today’s Deal is on the new Samsung Chromebook Plus.  The 12.3″ convertible has been selling for $450 but is down to $408.65 right now on Amazon.  That will get you one of the latest Chromebooks available and it will run Android apps natively right out of the box.

The Chromebook Plus has a 12.3″ display rendering at 2400 x 1600.  It is also a touchscreen which makes using the included stylus or your finger for apps easier.  It has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage and you can expand that storage thanks to the MicroSD slot.  It has dual-microphones, a 720p Webcam and, of course, Wi-Fi.  It only ways 2.4 lbs so it is designed for portability and with it being able to be be used as a laptop or a slate, you have a lot of flexibility in where and how you use this Chromebook.

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Chrome OS Updated to Chrome 59 with Native Printer Support

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Following the updates to the Chrome browser and Chrome for Android updates last week, Chrome OS has now been updated to the Chrome 59 train.  Builds 59.0.3071.91, 59.0.3071.92 (Platform version: 9460.60.0, 9460.60.2) have been released for all devices running the platform with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel 2015 model.  The update is rolling out now and should be hitting devices over the course of the next few days.

Like the Chrome 59 update for Android and the browser, Material Design is now enabled by default on the Settings in Chrome OS.  Native printer support is also available now, not just Google Cloud Printing.  You can now setup a printer via IP address on your network and print directly to it from your Chromebook.

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Chrome OS Sees Another Minor Update

Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold Aluminum

Chrome OS users, there is another new update out for you.  Version 58.0.3029.140 (Platform version: 9334.72.0) is rolling out now to compatible devices and brings just a handful of security updates and performance improvements.  This is the second of these smaller updates in as many weeks.  As is normally the case, what exactly is addressed in this update is not outlined in the release notes.

For those that are new to Chrome OS, the Chromium team within Google tends to keep the nitty-gritty details of what is fixed, especially around security, until a majority of devices are updated.  The logic is that they don’t want those with not-so-good intentions to exploit a security hole by publishing what the issue is until after devices are updated.

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