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.