Chrome OS users on the Stable channel have a new platform update out today. The updated build, version 51.0.2704.103 (Platform version: 8172.56.0/8172.57.0) for those keeping score at home, is primarily a security and bug fix release so don’t look for a lot of new features. No, in case you are curious, this is not the build that brings Android apps to the platform on some devices. That’s the Developer channel.
The update is being pushed out to all devices running the Operating System with the exception of the AOpen
Chromebox Commercial. The Chrome team has made exceptions to releases in the past so the omission of a particular device is not new. Generally, when an exception is made, a specific build for that device comes out a little bit later.
This build contains a number of bug fixes, security updates, and feature enhancements. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.
For those who want to get the release immediately, you can go to Settings on your Chrome OS device, click the “About Chrome OS” link at the top of the page, then click on the “Check for update” button. This will download it to your device immediately and after a reboot, it is applied to your system.
The update is rolling out now so you can force your Chromebook or Chromebox to get the upgrade now. I did this on my HP Chromebook 11 G4 and got the update immediately.