After being delayed following the update of the Chrome OS Stable Channel to Chrome 67, The Chrome OS Beta Channel has now received its first Chrome 68-based build. The channel is now running build 68.0.3440.25 (Platform version: 10718.22.0) and it is available for the majority of devices in the channel starting today.
For those that may be new to Chrome OS, the Beta Channel is the last channel prior to a build being released to the general public in the Stable Channel. You can always change your channel on your Chromebook by typing Chrome://help and then clicking on the Build Information section of the page. Keep in mind that the hint is in the name: The Beta Channel is still not ready for prime time so you could run into bugs or other issues that impact your daily workflow.
As for Chrome 68 itself, most of the attention right now in the build is on bug fixes. There are expected to be a few new features like the new wallpaper picker and non-secure websites will be clearly noted in the omnibar of the browser across all platforms.
Chrome 68 is expected to be released for browsers in July 24, 2018 with the Chrome OS build coming a little later on July 31st.
If you are curious as to which build is in which channel at this point, here is a summary for you:
- Stable: 67.0.3396.87
- Beta: 68.0.3440.25
- Dev: 68.0.3440.25
As can see, the Dev channel and the Beta channel are both running the same build. This will likely change this week when the Dev channel is promoted to Chrome 69.