Google Ships Chrome OS 84

Posted on July 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chromebook, Chrome OS with 1 Comment

Google today announced the general availability of Chrome OS 84, which adds a new Explore app, Overview mode improvements, and more.

Here’s a complete list of the new features, according to Google.

Explore app. Explore is replacing the Get Help app and offers an offline-available help center and more.

Take photos with the volume buttons. When a convertible Chromebook is in tablet mode, you can now press the up or down volume button to snap a photo or start or stop video recording.

Saved videos improvements. Videos captured in the Chrome OS Camera app now save in MP4 format so they can be more easily shared and used in other apps.

Overview mode improvements. You can now drag a window to the left or right edge to quickly set up split screen in Overview mode. Those with multiple displays can also drag windows between displays while in Overview mode.

Linux (Beta) improvements. You can now control microphone access in Settings for Linux (Beta). By default, the setting will be toggled off.

Virtual keyboard improvements. You can now resize a floating virtual keyboard by dragging from each corner.

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One response to “Google Ships Chrome OS 84”

  1. retcable

    My Samsung Chromebook basically lives its life on a side table by my chair as a home for Google Hangouts windows for chatting with friends while watching TV in the evening, so none of these "improvements" actually apply to my use case. Others' usage may vary. I used to use an old laptop for this, but it seemed silly to use a full capability laptop for just chatting, and the $300 Chromebook being just a web browser with other minor capabilities is perfect. I have a couple of Android apps installed as well. The update took forever to install yesterday evening, and after a long reboot, I did not really notice anything different.