The Chrome team’s latest Dev channel released has been updated to 19.0.1048.17 (Platform versions: 2046.20.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5) and contains a number of new features, as well as security & stability improvements.
Some highlights of the changes include are:
- New modes for multiple monitor handling: mirrored (highest common resolution only), show only on primary, show only on secondary (Switch with Ctrl + F5)
- Updated Scratchpad app
- New file types supported – tar, gz, bzip2
- Updates to local audio and video player
- Functional and visual refresh of the Chrome OS Settings
- Recovery tool supports re-formatting recovery media (use a previous recovery image USB)
- Introduced new Japanese fonts (Motoya G04 Gothic/Mincho)
- Redesigned UI and updated Window Manager.
This build of Chrome OS when installing looks more like a desktop operating system — thanks to Google’s new window manager dubbed “Aura,” that brings along with many features of a desktop OS.
Chrome OS now has a desktop, a taskbar, apps are placed on the desktop, there’s support for wallpapers and overlapping windows.
Aura is cross-platform and should “provide the foundation of a flexible windowing system and shell for Chrome and ChromeOS on a variety of form factors”.
According to Chrome’s engineers, “Aura is a hardware-accelerated “user interface framework for Chrome UI” that offers “rich visuals, large-scale animated transitions, and effects that can be produced only with the assistance of hardware acceleration”.”
Also, the Chrome Stable channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.152 on Windows.