A new and much improved Keyboard Shortcut Viewer is coming to Chrome OS. In the Chrome OS Canary Channel, which is currently running a pre-alpha build of Chrome 67, the viewer has been radically updated to a Material Design look and feel.
The find comes from long time platform evangelist François Beaufort via his Google+ profile. François is one of the best sources for what is coming in the Canary channel and this is another great example of it.
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A week later than expected, the update to Chrome 65 for the Chrome OS Stable Channel has been released. The update brings a number of new features and enhancements to the platform as well as some key security updates.
The new build is 65.0.3325.167 (Platform version: 10323.58.0/1) for those keeping score at home and is available to a number of devices. Generally speaking, if your device can run Android apps, you won’t get updated to this build but rather will get updated in a subsequent update in another week or two. That has been the trend for several months now in Chrome OS.
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The continued interweaving of Chrome OS and Android looks to be taking another step forward, but it will be a while for this one. A new commit points to Chrome OS getting Android-like lock screen notifications. In theory, it would function much like they do on Android, allowing for the message center to be visible while your Chromebook is locked.
The new ability would come via a flag that would be aptly named enable-lock-screen-notification and would give users notifications on their lock screen for the user that is logged into the device.
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If your organization has Hangouts Meet or Chrome for Meetings hardware, there is a new update rolling out to you. The Chrome 64 update for these hardware solutions has been released, taking you up to build Stable Channel Chrome OS release but has the Huddly firmware which is updated to 1.2.10.
For those that aren’t familiar with these two solutions, they are physical hardware packaged solutions that run on Chrome OS designed for conferences and meeting rooms. They are available to G Suite customers in the Education, Business and Enterprise versions of the platform.
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A surprising fifth beta build of Chrome 65 has landed in the Chrome OS Beta Channel today. It is surprising in that Chrome 65 was slated to land in the Stable Channel three days ago on March 13. With this new beta build released, it would seem the Chromium team has found some issues they want to resolve prior to releasing it to everyone.
The new build is 65.0.3325.167 (Platform version: 10323.58.0), incrementing significantly from the fourth beta build of last week. That build was .148. That large of a jump in just six days is another indicator that a lot of work has been going on within the Chromium team to get the build ready for the Stable Channel.
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The fifth and likely the last Chrome 66 build for the Chrome OS Dev Channel has arrived. The new build is version 66.0.3359.31 (Platform version: 10452.11.0) and contains a number of bug fixes and other stability improvements as the Chromium team prepares to move it up to the Beta Channel.
With the release of this build, the Chromium team has released a Dev build for the last five consecutive weeks and based on past history, there is very rarely a sixth update in this channel.
As always, those who have devices in the Dev Channel can type chrome://help in the omnibar of the browser to force their devices to download the update. As a gentle reminder, the Dev Channel is not recommended to be run on production Chromebooks as it is unstable and you will likely run into bugs or issues.
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A new commit in the Chrome OS code review may give the first indicator of what will be replacing the now defunct Supervised Account feature of the platform. The commit points to a new Chrome OS Account Manager. The details are pretty thin on it and the comments are still private so there is very little to go on to be fair.
However, this is the first commit to point to anything remotely resembling Supervised Accounts. That feature, most often used for child accounts on Chromebooks, was deprecated earlier this year. Google at the time indicated a new solution would be coming forward but didn’t give a timeline. It may be coming sooner rather than later.
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