At Google I/O 2018, the massive announcement for Chromebooks was once Linux app improve. Even if it solely works at the Pixelbook presently, with improve for extra fashions coming quickly, it is nonetheless very thrilling. That is not the solely new function coming to Chrome OS – a number of different adjustments have been coated after the keynote or came upon in contemporary Chromium commits.
SD card improve for Android apps
One of the crucial remaining ultimate problems with Android apps on Chrome OS was once the loss of SD card improve. Regardless of many Chromebooks having microSD card slots, Android programs may just solely see the interior garage. In the end, that is after all converting.
One consumer on Reddit shared the above screenshot, appearing an SD card within the Android garage settings. Get entry to appears to be read-only for now, and you’ll’t structure it as inner. Nonetheless, simply with the ability to view SD recordsdata in any respect from Android apps is a welcome growth. The screenshot was once taken on Chrome OS Beta 67, so it will roll out to strong quickly.
Drag and drop
Google showed at I/O that drag-and-drop for recordsdata will quickly paintings between Chrome OS and Android apps. As an example, you are able to drag a picture from a Chrome window to a report supervisor on Android.
Snooze for notifications
Chrome Tale came upon a code assessment at the Chromium Gerrit associated with long run snooze notification improve on Chrome OS. This was once added to Android with eight.zero Oreo.
Google has began trying out a Image-in-Image mode for Chrome OS. This does not upload improve for PiP from Android apps – as an alternative, you’ll come out movies from Chrome right into a separate window. You’ll be able to see a demo of it beneath.
Opera, Samsung Web, and Safari have already got a equivalent function, so it is sensible that it could sooner or later come to Chrome. That is lately being examined as a flag on Chrome Dev/Canary 68.
Gboard on Chrome OS
Google showed that Gboard will come to Chrome OS, with the builders hoping to have it able through model 69 (due in September of this yr). It will have to have the entire options of Gboard on Android, together with GIF enter and emoji seek.
There are a couple of Chromebooks that include a stylus, just like the Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Plus/Professional. Drawing latency is not the most productive on Chromebooks, however Google needs to switch that.
The corporate is including a brand new ‘Ink Overlay’ API for apps to put in force lower-latency drawing, optimistically shedding reaction time from 100ms to just about 0, the use of a mixture of system studying prediction and instrument tweaks.
Previous this month, it was once printed that Google was once running on Android app shortcut improve for Chrome OS. That has now been showed, and similar to with Gboard, it’s anticipated to reach in Chrome OS 69.
App shortcuts will seem within the app drawer, in addition to the Chrome OS shelf. You can even be capable of pin explicit shortcuts to the shelf, just like including them to the house display screen on Chrome OS.
Whilst now not a part of Chrome OS itself, you’ll now arrange a Chromebook emulator from Android Studio, so builders can check apps with out purchasing a bodily instrument.
Chrome OS is bettering at a surprisingly speedy pace, and it is thrilling to look the platform’s remaining ultimate problems be addressed. Now the place is Assistant for all Chromebooks, Google?