Chrome OS 69 rolls out with new Material Theme UI and Linux app support

By | 18th September 2018
Chrome OS 69 Chromebook

Earlier this month, the Google Chrome browser got a spiffy new Material Theme update with version 69. Now, Chrome OS, which is very closely related to the browser, is getting the same makeover as well as stable Linux support. Chrome OS 69 has a number of other features as well.

First, here is the official changelog:

New Features
  • Files app UI refresh with new support for accessing Play files
  • Native support for Team Drives in Files app
  • Save Play app files directly to Files app via the share sheet
  • Run Linux apps on supported devices
  • Dictation into any text field, a new feature in accessibility settings
  • Power state alerts for Kiosk apps
  • Global text-to-speech settings
  • Night Light
  • Fast Access to Emojis
  • OOBE visual improvements
  • Swipe to close apps in Overview
  • Tablet mode behavior unification
  • Video capture service

Security Fixes

  • L1TF and Foreshadow Vulnerabilities

The new browser theme we’ve already seen with Chrome 69. Linux app support has been talked about for a while. It debuted on the Pixebook back in May after Google I/O. We’ve been tracking the progress ever since and now it’s officially in the stable build of Chrome OS.

Google Chrome Material Design 2

Linux apps are not supported on every Chromebook. We have compiled a list of all the currently supported Chromebooks, future devices, and devices that will never get support. This is a huge feature and will go a long way towards making Chromebooks a viable Windows PC competitor.

The tablet mode updates are also worthwhile to mention. We’re seeing more Chrome OS devices with touchscreens and some don’t even have keyboards. So tablet mode is more important than ever. Chrome OS 69 adds some polish, but the big tablet mode update will be with version 70.

Like the browser update, Chrome OS 69 adds a lot of fit and finish to the operating system. While a much bigger update is on the horizon, Chrome OS 69 makes way with some important updates. There has never been a better time to own a Chromebook.


Source: Chrome Release Blog