Chrome OS 68 Arrives with Material Design 2 Makeover

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook with 32 Comments

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Google is rolling out Chrome OS 68 to Chromebook users, bringing some additional Material Design 2 interfaces, PIN sign-in, and more.

“The Stable channel has been updated to 68.0.3440.87 for most Chrome OS devices,” Google’s Bernie Thompson wrote in a post to the Chrome Releases blog. “This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.”

It also includes a number of new features, including:

  • 802.11r Fast BSS Transition Support
  • Ability to use Select to Speak with touch/stylus only
  • Admin policy to enable/disable client-side native printing
  • Enabling/disabling ChromeVox through the side volume keys (tablets/convertibles)
  • High-resolution image support in camera app
  • Introduction of Display Size settings
  • Material 2.0 dialogs and secondary UI on ChromeOS
  • Overview visual refresh and motion spec improvements
  • PIN sign-in support
  • Select-to-Speak ability to select specific text to be read aloud by highlighting the text, then pressing Search + s. This works in addition to the original behavior of pressing Search and clicking an item or dragging a box around content to be read aloud.
  • Support Child account as first sign-in
  • Two new shortcuts to toggle the magnifiers on/off

The release of Chrome OS 68 trails that of Chrome 68 on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) by about 10 days, which I believe is the normal schedule.

We’re flying home today, so I will test this new release when I get my Chromebook back over the weekend.


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