Google has rolled out a new version of Chrome OS just a week after releasing the equivalent Chrome browser update. Chromebook users should expect to receive the features Google added in Chrome 76 like its safer incognito mode and reduced Flash reliance. “Sites that wish to deter meter circumvention have options such as reducing the number of free articles someone can view before logging in, requiring free registration to view any content, or hardening their paywalls. Other sites offer more generous meters as a way to develop affinity among potential subscribers, recognizing some people will always look for workarounds,” Google said, “We suggest publishers monitor the effect of the FileSystem API change before taking reactive measures since any impact on user behaviour may be different than expected and any change in meter strategy will impact all users, not just those using Incognito Mode.” While early indications are that this feature isn’t completely successful, Google says it’ll be cracking down on other implementations that allow users to be tracked via incognito mode in future updates.
Chromebook users will also be able to make better use of progressive web apps with Google’s new PWA install button.
Here’s what’s included for Chrome OS devices specifically:
Automatic Clicks : Chrome OS has an accessibility setting called Automatic Clicks for users with motor or dexterity challenges. With Automatic Clicks, you can hover over an item and Chrome OS clicks automatically after a certain amount of time. In addition to left click, you can now right click, double click and click and drag, making it easier to be efficient and productive on your Chromebook.
This feature can be used with the touchpad, a connected mouse or joystick, or even head tracking.
Media Control : New media controls make it easier for you to pause or play sound from a tab or an app. You can open your system menu and see all of the tabs or apps on your Chromebook that are playing audio tracks and control them from one place.
Manage Google Accounts on Chromebook: If you use multiple Google accounts on your Chromebook, we’re unifying account management in one place, under Google Accounts in Settings so you can more easily login to all of your accounts and see which accounts you are using on your device and across Chrome and Play Store apps. Access and permissions you’ve granted to apps, websites, and extensions in Chrome and Google Play may now apply to all your signed-in accounts.
Chrome OS 76 is rolling out now and should hit all eligible devices within the week.