Chromebooks: Introducing New UI, Black Wi-Fi Samsung Chromebook Series 5 - Chrome Dev Channel Adds New Garbage Collector (GC)

Just in time for holiday season, the Chrome team packed in a few goodies into Chromebooks:The team has given a facelift to the Chromebook, for example, right after booting it up you will notice the Chromebook now sports a fresh, clean login experience.And, the revamped "New Tab" page make it easier to manage your apps, […]

Just in time for holiday season, the Chrome team packed in a few goodies into Chromebooks:

The team has given a facelift to the Chromebook, for example, right after booting it up you will notice the Chromebook now sports a fresh, clean login experience.

And, the revamped "New Tab" page make it easier to manage your apps, bookmarks and most visited sites. The New Tab page also revecied some new shortcuts like: a shortcut to the File Manager on your Chromebook, as well as to music apps and games in the Chrome Web Store, revealed Chrome team.

Chromebook: New Login UI

In order to make the Chromebook a hassle-free for the holidays, the team made a few updates to the lineup of Chromebooks that make them more giftable to loved ones.

First, for the folks in the United States, Samsung is introducing a sleek, black version of its Wi-Fi only Samsung Chromebook Series 5.

Black Samsung Chromebook Series 5

Also, "beginning this week Acer and Samsung Chromebooks will be available starting at $299. The updated prices will be available through our online retail partners," the chrome team said.

Lastly, if you're in the U.S. and you'd like to take a Chromebook for a test drive, visit the Samsung Experience in New York City or check one out when flying with Virgin America.

In other Chromium news, Google released Chrome's new incremental "garbage collector (GC)," which dramatically improves interactive performance of web apps and HTML5 games.

Available in the dev channel, "the new GC in Chrome improves interactive performance and opens up new possibilities for the interactive web. If you are developing highly interactive web apps or games, please try it out and share your experiences," revealed Chromium team.

The team said to evaluate the new GC, "we took the most memory intensive peak performance test from the V8 Benchmark Suite and used it to make a stress test for interactive performance." Adding, "In our testing the maximum time to render a frame including pause time is reduced from 272ms to 50ms," said the Chromium team.

Also, the latest Canary / Dev Channel builds now includes a web service to improve spelling suggestions. As you can see in the image below, this is a minor enhancement that adds one suggestion at the bottom of the list, but only if it's useful.

The left screenshot shows the result obtained from Google's online spell checker: "Gmail" is the most likely spelling correction for "Gmal", but a dictionary-based approach can't tell you that. Google can:

Chrome's improved Spell check

Improved Spell check in Chrome

"Google Chrome can provide smarter spell-checking by sending what you type in the browser to Google servers, allowing you to use the same spell-checking technology used by Google search," explains Google.

Right now, the feature is disabled by default, but you can enable it by right-clicking on a text box, mousing over "Spell-checking options" and clicking "Ask Google for suggestions". The feature can also be enabled from the settings page in Chrome Canary: just go to the "Under the hood" tab and check "Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors". This only works in the latest Canary/Dev Channel builds and in Chromium.