Google launched a new update to ChromeOS with many important features and upgrades, including a new appearance, some useful battery charging controls, accessibility settings for distinctive colors, and others.
In its Chrome Stable 117, ChromeOS adopts Google's Material You design philosophy which is the radical new look introduced with the Android 12 in 2021.
The change is most prominent in the redesigned Quick Settings display, which now contains rectangular buttons that are easier to identify and read for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings compared to the previous small circular icons.
Updated ChromeOS devices will get a new notifications panel at the bottom right of the screen, allowing the user easier access to new messages, emails, and other alerts from applications, and the calendar will also get an updated Up Next view with the ability to easily transition to video calls, in addition to new privacy indicators that show when the camera and microphone are in use in the status area at the bottom right of the screen.
The new program also allows finding the specifications of a Chromebooks or another ChromeOS device, such as CPU and RAM, through a simple search in Launcher.
Previously, there were complicated steps to find RAM, and other information required the help of third-party applications to detect it, such as Cog.
ChromeOS now has adaptive charging to help extend battery life that can maintain 80% charge and use machine learning to predict when the user will disconnect his device from the charger so that it can charge to 100% before that time. Moreover, Google has added new distinctive colors so that users with color vision deficiency can better navigate the interface, and this feature can be found in the accessibility settings of the ChromeOS under Display and Magnification. (QNA