A Rare Third Update Lands in The Chrome OS Stable Channel

A third update to Chrome 66 has arrived in the Chrome OS Stable Channel today for the majority of devices out there.  Build 66.0.3359.181 (Platform version: 10452.96.0) arrives about 10 days after the second build of Chrome 66 was made available to Chrome OS.  It is not too often that a 3rd build is made available in the Stable Channel unless a show stopping bug or security flaw was found.  In this case, the Chromium team hasn’t released any details on what was addressed.

The update appears to be rolling out widely.  My Google Pixelbook was updated to the build late last night.

It is possible that this build rolls back some of the Web Audio API elements that were impacted web-based games with the new Chrome 66 auto play blocking of some content on sites.   That proved to be quite challenging after 66 was released across browsers and Chrome OS with Google announcing earlier this week that they would be rolling back some of the elements of that API for now.

What is known is that this update to the Chrome OS Stable Channel contained a lot of updates for users including:

  • New Chrome OS Keyboard Shortcut Helper
  • External Display Settings enhancements
  • Enable Video Recording in Chrome Camera App
  • Overview window animation improvements
  • Extending more devices support for Magic Tether
  • Picture in Picture Magnification

This is only a handful of a slew of improvements.  You can get the full list here.

As a reminder, you can manually check for this update (and any update for that matter) on your Chromebook by typing chrome://help in the browser bar and tapping the Check for Update button.

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