Chrome OS 67 brings split screen, support for detachables to Google’s OS

After launching Chrome 67 for Windows PCs last week, Google is bringing Chrome OS 68 to Chrome OS devices this week with a bevvy of features.

Aside from split screen in tablet mode, the firm is preparing itself for hybrid and detachable Chrome devices with support for base swap detection built into this update.

Progressive Web Apps also make an appearance in this update, with an updated interface and easier installation for Chrome devices.

Here’s the changelog

  • Android Debug Bridge support over USB in developer mode
  • Progressive Web Apps can now be installed as stand-alone apps
  • Extend Chrome page zoom to Google Play Apps
  • Visual update for ext4 filesystem migration
  • Feedback reports on sign-in screen
  • Cleaner improved Bluetooth list
  • Touchable material 2.0 Chrome for tablet devices
  • Select-to-Speak ability to select specific text to be read aloud
  • Inline touchable folders in launcher
  • Split Screen support in Tablet mode
  • Support for zipping files on Drive via the Files app
  • Power menu shortcuts when holding the power button
  • Detachable base swap detection

As a consequence of split screen, Chrome OS Android apps now behave more like Chrome Windows and respond to the standard window keyboard shortcuts on the platform.

Google is rolling this update out over the next few weeks, with Chrome OS devices without Android apps getting the first batch, and Android app-enabled devices including the Pixelbook receiving it later.

Source: Google

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