Here’s What’s New in Chrome OS 80

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook with 4 Comments

Today, Google announced the new features that users can expect in Chrome OS 80, which is rolling out to Chromebooks now.

There are two new features:

Ambient EQ. This new feature allows the Chromebook screen to adapt to any lighting condition automatically. “Ambient EQ naturally adjusts the white balance and color temperature of your Chromebook’s screen based on your surroundings,” Google says, “which makes the content on-screen appear more natural [and] making it easier on your eyes.” Ambient EQ is coming first to the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, which ships in the US in April, and will arrive on other Chromebooks in the future.

Netflix picture-in-picture support. A new version of the Netflix app is available in the Google Play Store that supports picture-in-picture (PIP) functionality on Chrome OS. “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,” Google notes. “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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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Here’s What’s New in Chrome OS 80”

  1. rbwatson0

    "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.”

    Read: "It will be there whether you want it or not."

  2. ronh

    Ambient EQ sounds like auto brightness and a blue light filter

    • wright_is

      In reply to RonH:

      That was my first thought as well; although until now most laptops and smartphones have just adjusted the brightness to the conditions, the blue light filter was either on a timer or had to be manually turned on.

    • rm

      In reply to RonH:

      I find the blue light filter annoying myself. I don't need it to sleep fine either. I hope they allow people to turn it off. I mean I don't care for myself, because I won't ever own one. But, I think others would be annoyed by it.

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