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New features for Chromebook’s 10th birthday

New features for Chromebook's 10th birthday

Chromebooks launched 10 years ago with a vision to rethink computing by designing a secure, easy-to-use laptop that becomes faster and more intelligent over time. As more and more people began using devices running Chrome OS, we evolved and expanded the platform to meet their diverse needs. 

Today, Chrome OS devices do everything from helping people get things done to entertaining them while they unwind. But we want to do more to provide a powerfully simple computing experience to the millions of people who use Chromebooks. We’re celebrating 10 years of Chromebooks with plenty of new features to bring our vision to life. 


Move between devices with ease

More and more people are living in a world where they use multiple devices to work, keep in touch with loved ones and watch shows and movies. Today, we’re launching two solutions that help your Chromebook and Android phone work better together. 

With Phone Hub, you now have a built-in control center that brings key capabilities from your Android phone to your Chromebook. Receive a text but your phone is out of reach? No problem. Respond to that message, check your phone’s battery life and cellular signal, turn on its hotspot and even locate it, all from your Chromebook. Phone Hub also shows the Chrome browser tabs you last opened on your Android phone, so you can pick up right where you left off. 

Phone Hub

We've also extended Wi-Fi Sync to work with more devices, making it easier and faster to get online. Your Chromebook can now automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks you’ve used on your Android phone and other Chrome OS devices when signed in with the same Google Account — no need to enter in the credentials again.

In the coming months, you’ll also be able to use Nearby Share to instantly and securely share files between your Chromebook and other Chrome OS or Android devices. Nearby Share lets you send and receive without sharing contact details, so your information and files stay private. 

These three features are just the beginning of the work we’re doing to bring Google helpfulness to more devices in your life. Stay tuned for more feature releases this year that help your devices work better together.


New features to get things done fast

We’ve redesigned key parts of the Chromebook experience based on your feedback and added new features that make it easy to get things done fast, so you can focus on your work, not your tools.

Quicker access to what’s important 

The new Screen Capture tool in your Quick Settings menu lets you take precise screenshots and screen recordings without needing to remember keyboard shortcuts. Once you take a screen capture, it’ll instantly show up in Tote, a new space that keeps important files right at your fingertips. Open Tote from your Shelf and you’ll see all your recent downloads, recent screen captures and pinned files. 

Your media controls are also now built directly into the Quick Settings menu, so you’ll always know where to go to play, pause or skip to the next song that you’re playing from the web or an Android app. You can pin this media player directly to your Shelf for immediate access. 

We’ve also streamlined Chromebook setup for parents and guardians to highlight two important tools. Now when parents set up a new Chromebook using their child’s personal Google Account (managed with Family Link), they can immediately add a school account. Their child can then use school apps like Google Classroom while Family Link controls on their device still apply, so parents can supervise while they do homework. They can also assist their child in creating a PIN during setup, so signing in to their Chromebook is easier. 

Save time as you tackle your daily tasks

With its new Clipboard, your Chromebook saves the last five items copied so you can easily paste any or all to a new page without needing to switch between windows. Just press the Everything Button + V to use your Clipboard.

There’s also Quick Answers, which automatically offers helpful information — like a definition, a translation or unit conversion — when you right-click a word. No need to open a separate tab to search for the answer. 

We’ve supercharged Desks with enhancements to help you organize your workspace. Now when you reboot, all your windows will restore to their previous desks so your workflow isn’t interrupted. Right-click at the top of a window to send it directly to one or all desks, and swipe across your trackpad with four fingers to switch between desks. To get started with Desks, open Overview mode and create a new desk.

Helpful updates to existing features

Aside from new features, we’ve also enhanced several existing ones. For instance, you can now share files, images and links between apps in fewer steps. When you click “share” on a supported app or website, you’ll see a list of apps you can share content with directly. For example, you'll be able to share an image from your Files app to the Microsoft Word app, with just a few clicks.

Select-to-speak, which enables you to hear text read out loud, also has new controls that let you speed up, slow down and pause the reading voice in real-time, and easily jump to different sections of text. These are especially helpful for people with low vision and specific learning or print disabilities. 

Last but certainly not least, the small things matter just as much as the big ones. The icons for your Chromebook’s built-in apps have a fresh new look, making it easier for you to find essential apps made for Chrome OS like Canvas and Explore.

Visit our website for more details about these features. We’re grateful to be celebrating this milestone, and we hope these launches help you get even more out of your Chromebook. 

Sign in to sites faster and personalize your lock screen

We’re always finding ways to make using Chromebooks as seamless as possible. Today, with our latest Chrome OS release, we’re introducing a faster sign-in experience as well as personalized lock screens. 

And in case you missed it, we’ll share the exciting new Chromebooks that were recently announced at CES 2021.

Faster and easier web sign-in

Forget the hassle of typing in a long password or trying to remember which one you use for a specific online account. Now you can securely sign in to websites with the PIN or fingerprint you’ve set up to unlock your Chromebook with our new Web Authentication (WebAuthn) feature. Websites that support WebAuthn will let you use your Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID—if your Chromebook has a fingerprint reader—instead of the password you’ve set for the website. And if you use 2-Step Verification to sign-in, your Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID can be used as the second factor, so you no longer need to pull out your security key or phone to authenticate.

To get started, sign in to a supported website like Dropbox, GitHub or Okta, and you’ll be prompted to switch to using WebAuthn for future sign-ins.

Image showing a web page with the WebAuthn tool pulled up. A pop-up on the screen says "verify your identity" and has spaces for numbers to be entered.

Beautify your space with a personalized lock screen

The Chrome OS screen saver lets you transform your Chromebook’s lock screen into a personalized smart display. Show off your favorite photo album from Google Photos or pick from hundreds of art gallery images. You can use your lock screen to check information like the current weather and what music is playing; you’ll also be able to pause a track or skip songs without unlocking your device. 

Go to your Chrome OS Settings  and select Personalization > Screen saver to turn it on now.

Image shows an Android tablet next to an Android tablet pen. On the screen is a photo of a mountain and behind it is a pink-hued sunset.

ICYMI: New Chromebooks announced at CES 2021 

Image showing three laptops.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 and Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Our partners, Acer, ASUS and Samsung, introduced five new Chromebooks earlier this month: The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 are among the first AMD Ryzen Chromebooks in the market and deliver great performance for work and play at an affordable price. There’s also the ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 and the ASUS Chromebook CX9, which are some of the first Chromebooks to come with the latest 11th generation Intel processors, so they’re a powerful option for working or streaming video. And the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the first Chromebook to feature a QLED display; it has a thin, light design and comes in Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray. 

That’s all for now—but check back here in March when we’ll have more news about what’s coming to Chromebooks.

Sign in to sites faster and personalize your lock screen

We’re always finding ways to make using Chromebooks as seamless as possible. Today, with our latest Chrome OS release, we’re introducing a faster sign-in experience as well as personalized lock screens. 

And in case you missed it, we’ll share the exciting new Chromebooks that were recently announced at CES 2021.

Faster and easier web sign-in

Forget the hassle of typing in a long password or trying to remember which one you use for a specific online account. Now you can securely sign in to websites with the PIN or fingerprint you’ve set up to unlock your Chromebook with our new Web Authentication (WebAuthn) feature. Websites that support WebAuthn will let you use your Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID—if your Chromebook has a fingerprint reader—instead of the password you’ve set for the website. And if you use 2-Step Verification to sign-in, your Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID can be used as the second factor, so you no longer need to pull out your security key or phone to authenticate.

To get started, sign in to a supported website like Dropbox, GitHub or Okta, and you’ll be prompted to switch to using WebAuthn for future sign-ins.

Image showing a web page with the WebAuthn tool pulled up. A pop-up on the screen says "verify your identity" and has spaces for numbers to be entered.

Beautify your space with a personalized lock screen

The Chrome OS screen saver lets you transform your Chromebook’s lock screen into a personalized smart display. Show off your favorite photo album from Google Photos or pick from hundreds of art gallery images. You can use your lock screen to check information like the current weather and what music is playing; you’ll also be able to pause a track or skip songs without unlocking your device. 

Go to your Chrome OS Settings  and select Personalization > Screen saver to turn it on now.

Image shows an Android tablet next to an Android tablet pen. On the screen is a photo of a mountain and behind it is a pink-hued sunset.

ICYMI: New Chromebooks announced at CES 2021 

Image showing three laptops.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 and Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Our partners, Acer, ASUS and Samsung, introduced five new Chromebooks earlier this month: The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 are among the first AMD Ryzen Chromebooks in the market and deliver great performance for work and play at an affordable price. There’s also the ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 and the ASUS Chromebook CX9, which are some of the first Chromebooks to come with the latest 11th generation Intel processors, so they’re a powerful option for working or streaming video. And the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the first Chromebook to feature a QLED display; it has a thin, light design and comes in Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray. 

That’s all for now—but check back here in March when we’ll have more news about what’s coming to Chromebooks.

Get creative with Chromebooks

When inspiration strikes, you can turn to Chromebook to get creative. To help you get started on artistic hobbies, we’re explaining how simple it is to draw, edit photos, make movies, animate and design on Chromebook—thanks to creativity apps and new Perks. We’re also showcasing new built-in wallpapers that were designed by professional artists using a Chromebook and stylus. Plus, recent software updates for Chromebook styluses make writing or drawing feel like you're putting real pen to paper.


Up the contrast, tweak the brightness

Load your photos on Chromebook and adjust the lighting and saturation to make your nature photography look its best. Access your photos on your Chromebook through Google Photos, an SD card, an external hard drive—or wherever you have your pictures stored. 


For simple editing, adjust images with the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks, which we recently improved with intuitive crop, rescaling and lighting features. 


We improved the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks for simple photo editing.

We improved the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks for simple photo editing.

For more advanced editing, Chromebooks also support Adobe Lightroom, Photopea, BeFunky and more. Photopea, for instance, lets you import PSDs, Sketch Files and .XCF files, edit them and save them back to your local hard drive right from the web.

Apps like Adobe Lightroom make it easy to edit photos on Chromebooks.

Apps like Adobe Lightroom make it easy to edit photos on Chromebooks.

Your inner videographer

Whether you’re making a short film or documenting a family milestone, you can stitch together and create video content on a Chromebook. Chromebooks support easy-to-use video editing software like WeVideo and Kapwing. You can also use Clipchamp to create, edit and post videos on social media easily.
Edit videos, create custom frames and add audio on a timeline with Clipchamp.

Edit videos, create custom frames and add audio on a timeline with Clipchamp.

Design, animate, illustrate 

You can channel your inner Picasso when using your Chromebook. Build joyful animations with Adobe Spark, create professional and easy-to-share designs with Canva or Figma, and bring your creative vision to life with sketching apps like ArtFlow and Concepts.

Chromebooks enable you to design in the cloud, with tools like Adobe Spark.

Chromebooks enable you to design in the cloud, with tools like Adobe Spark.

Visit our website to find more apps that help you express your creativity on Chromebooks. 


Kickstart your creativity on Chromebook today with Perks 

Chromebook users get access to special deals on apps—which we call “Perks.” We just launched new creativity perks to encourage people to try out some great photo editing, video editing and design apps. The new Perks include a few months of free premium access to WeVideo, Adobe Spark, Canva and more. On your Chromebook, visit chromebook.com/perks to redeem these benefits and kickstart your creativity. 


A bundle of creativity offers are available to Chromebook users today. *Terms apply.

A bundle of creativity offers are available to Chromebook users today.

*Terms apply.

Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook

Chromebooks are suited for people who have creative hobbies, and for people who are artistic in their day jobs. To explore the creative potential of Chromebooks, our team worked with Dutch artist Rick Berkelmans, who runs a design studio in the Netherlands and recently began exploring digital illustration on Chromebook. Rick used the built-in Chrome Canvas app with a stylus to design wallpapers just for Chromebooks, using a Chromebook. 


Check out a behind the scenes look into Rick’s studio and his creative process with Chromebook:


Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook
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Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook

Artist Rick Berkelmans runs a one-man design studio in the Netherlands called Hedof. Dive into his creative space and hear what inspires him as an illustrator and how he’s used a Chromebook for digital illustration.

Now, anyone whose device has the latest Chrome OS update can right click their home screen and choose “Set wallpaper” to access Rick’s designs.

An example of one of Rick’s new wallpapers, built-in with the new Chrome OS update.

An example of one of Rick’s new wallpapers, built-in with the new Chrome OS update.

Smooth drawing and natural handwriting

Finally, we recently improved the Chromebook on-screen keyboard for stylus by strengthening on-device handwriting recognition. This makes the on-screen keyboard better at recognizing different types of handwriting and annotations. So when you finish your next masterpiece and want to email it to a friend, you can do it all without putting down your stylus.
The Chromebook on-screen keyboard has evolved to enable natural annotations with a stylus.

The Chromebook on-screen keyboard has evolved to enable natural annotations with a stylus.

When you write or draw with a stylus on Chromebook, it feels as natural as using real pen and paper. Look out for more stylus and handwriting updates soon.

Get creative with Chromebooks

When inspiration strikes, you can turn to Chromebook to get creative. To help you get started on artistic hobbies, we’re explaining how simple it is to draw, edit photos, make movies, animate and design on Chromebook—thanks to creativity apps and new Perks. We’re also showcasing new built-in wallpapers that were designed by professional artists using a Chromebook and stylus. Plus, recent software updates for Chromebook styluses make writing or drawing feel like you're putting real pen to paper.


Up the contrast, tweak the brightness

Load your photos on Chromebook and adjust the lighting and saturation to make your nature photography look its best. Access your photos on your Chromebook through Google Photos, an SD card, an external hard drive—or wherever you have your pictures stored. 


For simple editing, adjust images with the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks, which we recently improved with intuitive crop, rescaling and lighting features. 


We improved the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks for simple photo editing.

We improved the built-in gallery app on Chromebooks for simple photo editing.

For more advanced editing, Chromebooks also support Adobe Lightroom, Photopea, BeFunky and more. Photopea, for instance, lets you import PSDs, Sketch Files and .XCF files, edit them and save them back to your local hard drive right from the web.

Apps like Adobe Lightroom make it easy to edit photos on Chromebooks.

Apps like Adobe Lightroom make it easy to edit photos on Chromebooks.

Your inner videographer

Whether you’re making a short film or documenting a family milestone, you can stitch together and create video content on a Chromebook. Chromebooks support easy-to-use video editing software like WeVideo and Kapwing. You can also use Clipchamp to create, edit and post videos on social media easily.
Edit videos, create custom frames and add audio on a timeline with Clipchamp.

Edit videos, create custom frames and add audio on a timeline with Clipchamp.

Design, animate, illustrate 

You can channel your inner Picasso when using your Chromebook. Build joyful animations with Adobe Spark, create professional and easy-to-share designs with Canva or Figma, and bring your creative vision to life with sketching apps like ArtFlow and Concepts.

Chromebooks enable you to design in the cloud, with tools like Adobe Spark.

Chromebooks enable you to design in the cloud, with tools like Adobe Spark.

Visit our website to find more apps that help you express your creativity on Chromebooks. 


Kickstart your creativity on Chromebook today with Perks 

Chromebook users get access to special deals on apps—which we call “Perks.” We just launched new creativity perks to encourage people to try out some great photo editing, video editing and design apps. The new Perks include a few months of free premium access to WeVideo, Adobe Spark, Canva and more. On your Chromebook, visit chromebook.com/perks to redeem these benefits and kickstart your creativity. 


A bundle of creativity offers are available to Chromebook users today. *Terms apply.

A bundle of creativity offers are available to Chromebook users today.

*Terms apply.

Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook

Chromebooks are suited for people who have creative hobbies, and for people who are artistic in their day jobs. To explore the creative potential of Chromebooks, our team worked with Dutch artist Rick Berkelmans, who runs a design studio in the Netherlands and recently began exploring digital illustration on Chromebook. Rick used the built-in Chrome Canvas app with a stylus to design wallpapers just for Chromebooks, using a Chromebook. 


Check out a behind the scenes look into Rick’s studio and his creative process with Chromebook:


Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook
10:25

Wallpapers built on Chromebook, for Chromebook

Artist Rick Berkelmans runs a one-man design studio in the Netherlands called Hedof. Dive into his creative space and hear what inspires him as an illustrator and how he’s used a Chromebook for digital illustration.

Now, anyone whose device has the latest Chrome OS update can right click their home screen and choose “Set wallpaper” to access Rick’s designs.

An example of one of Rick’s new wallpapers, built-in with the new Chrome OS update.

An example of one of Rick’s new wallpapers, built-in with the new Chrome OS update.

Smooth drawing and natural handwriting

Finally, we recently improved the Chromebook on-screen keyboard for stylus by strengthening on-device handwriting recognition. This makes the on-screen keyboard better at recognizing different types of handwriting and annotations. So when you finish your next masterpiece and want to email it to a friend, you can do it all without putting down your stylus.
The Chromebook on-screen keyboard has evolved to enable natural annotations with a stylus.

The Chromebook on-screen keyboard has evolved to enable natural annotations with a stylus.

When you write or draw with a stylus on Chromebook, it feels as natural as using real pen and paper. Look out for more stylus and handwriting updates soon.

Details make the difference: Wi-Fi Sync, Settings and a mic slider

Over time, small changes can save you time and help you avoid headaches in your daily routine or with the technology you use. These new improvements for Chromebooks, like Wi-Fi Sync, add up to make it easier for you to get things done.

Wi-Fi passwords on your keychain with Wi-Fi Sync

Chromebooks are designed to be shareable. If you borrow your friend or family’s Chromebook, you can log in with your Google Account and easily access your documents, open tabs and bookmarks. 

Now, thanks to Wi-Fi Sync, forget having to hunt down that 20-digit Wi-Fi password printed on the back of your router. With the latest Chrome OS update, when you enter a Wi-Fi password on your personal profile on one Chromebook, that info is securely saved with your account even when you log in to another Chromebook. Your Wi-Fi passwords become part of your profile’s keychain, so they follow you regardless of which Chromebook you’re using. Wi-Fi Sync is especially helpful for households that share multiple Chromebooks. 


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Wi-Fi Sync is especially helpful for households that share multiple Chromebooks. 

Paired with Instant Tethering—which automatically links your Chromebook to an Android phone’s hotspot when you’re on the go—Wi-Fi Sync makes managing Wi-Fi on Chromebook even easier. Look out soon for more features that help you work across Chromebooks and share info with friends and family with Android phones, all while protecting your privacy.


Simpler Settings

The search bar at the top of Chromebook Settings now makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, thanks to an improved design and more intelligent search model. When you type in a query, like “wifi,” your Chromebook will display results for matching settings and related suggestions, even if you used different terms in your query.


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The search bar at the top of Chromebook Settings now makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Soon, you’ll also be able to search through Settings from the Launcher. This is a big step in helping the Launcher work like an “everything button”—our vision is to create one place for you to access Google Search, your Drive, Settings, apps, local files and more. So you can hit one button, type what you’re looking for, and then your Chromebook will intelligently figure out what to find for you.


Making tech easier for everyone

With many Chromebook users working from home, we’ve learned that they want to more easily control the volume of their voice on video chats so that others can hear them clearly. So we built a new mic slider that people can access from their Quick Settings to control how soft or loud they sound on calls.

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A new mic slider allows people to control how soft or loud they sound on calls.

Without being able to see friends and family in person, some people are recording videos to express themselves and stay in touch. We’ve made video recording in the Camera app on Chromebook more versatile. Now, you can pause and resume video recording, and take a still snapshot while recording. Videos are automatically saved in MP4 format, which makes it easy to share them with friends and edit videos in other apps.

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Details make all the difference. Stay tuned for even more highlights from Chrome OS in the next couple months.

“Explore” helps you get the most out of Chromebook

Getting started with new technology can be tough, with pages of instructions and tutorials to pore over. “Explore,” a new app built into Chromebook, helps you get set up and take full advantage of your computer, whether you’re a Chrome OS newbie or already use a Chromebook every day.


A compass for new Chromebook users 

Think of the Explore app as your compass for navigating your Chromebook. It’s an evolved form of Get Help, our previous in-product education app. Now, when you log in to a Chromebook for the first time and complete the initial onboarding, the Explore app orients you to learn about the most helpful Chrome OS features.


The Explore homepage gives you easy access to answers and visual tutorials to some of the most commonly-asked questions from new Chromebook owners, like how to best manage your files on Chromebook across local storage and Google Drive, or how to set up a printer with Chromebook.


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You can venture through the Explore app at your own pace. Complete lessons and check back for new content when you’re looking for a specific answer or if you’re eager to make sure you’re maximizing your Chromebook. 


Easy access to special offers

Explore also includes helpful features for Chromebook enthusiasts. It has a tab for quick access to some of the best Chromebook perks, so you can quickly redeem them. For example, right now in the U.S., you can use the Explore app to get free access to 100GB of storage and more through Google One for a year, free access to the popular game Stardew Valley, and free three months access to Disney+.
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Some more highlights

In addition to the Explore app, here are a couple new features that make your Chromebook work even better.

Use the Overview key, which helps you zoom out and see all the windows that are open, to multitask across windows masterfully. Now, when in Overview, you can drag windows from your Chromebook’s screen to an external monitor and vice versa. You can also easily split your screen from Overview, which makes it easier to multitask—you can have two documents open at one time, or review an article while taking notes.
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Words are wonderful, but sometimes emojis can capture even more emotion. We just added more emojis for you to use within Chrome OS, like a yawning face emoji (🥱), an ear with a hearing aid (🦻 ), and a sari (🥻). To use emojis on Chromebook, right click in any text field and navigate to “emoji.” 


We’ll have more highlights to share about new Chromebook features soon. Stay tuned!

What’s new in Chrome OS: Easy navigation in Chromebook tablet mode

With the latest Chrome OS update, Chromebook tablet mode is simpler to navigate thanks to new gestures, the launch of Quick shelf, and updates to Chrome browser that are tailored specifically for tablet mode.   


What is Chromebook “tablet mode”?

Chromebooks, which all run on Chrome OS, help you to get things done and keep you entertained. All 2-in-1 Chromebooks work as both a high-performing laptop and a tablet. If you have a convertible Chromebook, fold your screen back on its hinge and your Chromebook transitions to tablet mode. Or if you’re using a detachable Chromebook like the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, then you can fully remove the keyboard to activate tablet mode.


Navigate tablet mode with gestures

We've built new gestures for Chromebook tablet mode, which make it easier for you to navigate using touch. 

Now, to get to your tablet mode’s Home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

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You can also see all the windows and apps open on your Chromebook with a similar gesture. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen and hold at the end of the motion, and you’ll see an overview of the windows and apps running on your Chromebook.

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If you’re browsing in tablet mode, you can navigate between web pages faster now. Just swipe from the left side of the screen to go back to the previous page. 

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Enjoy more screen space

We’ve redesigned the shelf on Chromebook to give you more space on your screen for windows and apps. Now, when you’re in tablet mode, you can access your pinned apps and other programs that are running from the Quick shelf. To summon the Quick shelf, just make a small swipe up from the bottom of your screen. 

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Even when you’re using Chromebook in laptop mode, the shelf is now more compact to give you more space to focus on your task at-hand. This is especially useful if you’re multitasking with various windows.

Speaking of making the most of your screen space, we’ve also extended picture-in-picture to all Google Play Store apps on Chromebook, even for tablet mode. Now when you’re watching a TV show or video on YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu or other apps, you can minimize the video screen and watch it while you’re doing other things on your Chromebook.


Use Chrome, tailored for tablet mode

This update will allow you to more easily manage Chrome tabs with a touch-friendly tab strip while in tablet mode. When you’re browsing, you’ll be able to open a new tab with a big button, reorder tabs by dragging, and close tabs by swiping up.

This change is coming first to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, which will be available for purchase within the next couple of months. We’ll then bring the tab strip to other Chromebooks with tablet mode soon.  

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We’re also making updates to Chrome OS to keep Chromebooks hassle-free— especially in these moments when technology helps us stay connected to each other.  So we’re listening closely to feedback that Chromebook owners provide on our Chromebook Community to keep adapting our software to the evolving climate.  

Stay tuned for more from us soon. If you're new to Chromebook and want to get up to speed quickly, check out this article for more information and tips for using your Chromebook at home.

What’s new in Chrome OS: Ambient EQ and a new way to watch Netflix

We’re back with our latest highlight reel on new features on Chromebook. Say hello to Ambient EQ and another way to watch Netflix.

Ambient EQ: easy on your eyes 

With Ambient EQ, Chromebook screens adapt to any context—whether you’re working outdoors on a sunny day, or if you’re watching a movie while snuggled under a blanket. Ambient EQ naturally adjusts the white balance and color temperature of your Chromebook’s screen based on your surroundings, which makes the content on screen appear more natural. The screen adjusts automatically, making it easier on your eyes. 


With the latest update, the technology for Ambient EQ is ready and will be first available on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, which will be available for purchase in the US beginning in April.  Look out for other Chromebooks in the future that will get Ambient EQ.
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Watch Netflix “picture-in-picture”

Now, you can watch Netflix “picture-in-picture” with the app available from the Google Play Store. While you shop online or browse the web on Chromebook, you can multitask and enjoy your favorite Netflix show playing in the corner of your screen. 


The next time you’re watching a show in the Netflix app, just switch to another window to activate “picture-in-picture”—no set-up required. 

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Your Netflix window stays in the foreground with "picture-in-picture"

We’ll be back soon with more new features for Chromebook. 

What’s new in Chrome OS: Control music and podcasts at a glance

With the latest Chrome OS update, we’re continuing to make Chromebook secure, fast and intuitively simple. Now you can control your music or podcasts from the lock screen, and manage your privacy settings across apps more easily.

Control music at a glance

The latest Chrome OS update brings controls for music and podcasts to your Chromebook’s lock screen, making it easier for you to control your audio content while your device is locked. Now, if you’re hosting a party and are using your Chromebook as a speaker, you can quickly skip to the next song or pause content without needing to unlock your device. This new feature works with YouTube Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, dozens of other apps, and any media played through Chrome browser. 

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Now you can control music and podcasts from your Chromebook's lock screen

Manage app settings more easily

Now you can see and manage the settings for different types of apps on Chromebook — Play Store apps, web applications, system apps and more — all in one place.

There’s now a dedicated “Manage your apps” button within the homepage of your Settings. Click it and you’ll land on a menu that gives you a holistic view of the apps on your Chromebook. 

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There's now a "Manage your apps" button within the homepage of your Settings.

Click in further and you can see whether you’ve granted an app permission to your location, microphone, camera, and more. Quickly adjust these settings based on your preferences, through one centralized menu. 

Our goal is to give you more control over the privacy permissions you grant apps on Chromebook. Look for more app management improvements in the near future. 

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We’ll be back in around six weeks with more Chrome OS improvements. In the meantime, enjoy the holidays!