Chromebooks are not the latest product in Google’s product range, so they rarely pay attention Google I / O Developer Conference. But this year, Google pointed out that, overall, Chrome OS products grew 92% from the previous year.
Between cross-platform design, updates to Google Chrome, and extensive changes to some of the new Chrome OS-specific features, there’s a lot of excitement about the future of Chromebooks. Here’s an all new feature in the world of Chromebooks coming from Google I / O 2021.
Support for Android 11
We already knew Chromebooks were will be upgraded to Android 11 (From Android 9), but there is a bigger change in the implementation in stock. Android reported in one developer session no longer works in the repository. Instead, it now acts as a virtual machine to match what Chrome OS is already doing with Linux.
Google says this switch will help improve application security and “reduce anomalies from mainline Android.” While Google says the migration will be seamless for both developers and Chromebook users, the migration will presumably result in faster Android updates to Chromebooks, which is great.
Optimized applications in the spotlight
Using Android apps is a great feature of Chromebooks today, but that doesn’t mean most Android apps are optimized for Chromebooks. In the Google Play Store for Chromebooks, Google is now highlighting apps that it says are optimized for Chrome OS. The idea is both to encourage developers to optimize their applications and to guide users to a better experience in the app store. Apple is currently doing something very similar to M1-optimized apps in the Mac App Store.
What makes an application optimized? According to Google, apps take advantage of a larger screen, support typical Chromebook inputs (mouse, keyboard, stylus, or game controller), and features like the desktop.
New Password Manager enhancements
Google spent a lot of time on security and privacy in its keynote speech I / O, and presumably one of the biggest changes will also apply to Chromebooks. Password management is already a feature in Chrome, but the announced update makes it even more useful.
First, the new tool makes it easier to import passwords from any other password manager you currently use. Google also says password management has “deeper integration with Chrome and Android,” which allows it to automatically fill in passwords seamlessly across multiple devices, including Chromebooks.
One-tap repair of corrupted passwords is already a feature on Android devices, but Google says this feature will be available for other sites and apps in the future.
Open carts in Google Chrome
Changes to Google Chrome are also a major change to the Chrome operating system, and this year I / O announced a wealth of network-centric updates. Google hopes to make shopping on Google easier and remind you of an abandoned shopping cart. If you have a shopping cart open on the site you closed, you will now see a new icon on the main page of the new tab.
Other new shopping features include linking loyalty programs to your Google Accounts and improved shopping opportunities with Google Image Search.
Docs and Sheets, Smart Canvas Updates
Finally, Google has announced major changes to Google Docs, spreadsheets and slides in the form of Smart Canvas. While this isn’t a Chromebook feature, it touches on some important web apps that most Chromebook users trust. Smart Fabric is a way to combine apps in Google’s Workspace package and bring some useful features to collaboration.
Once enabled, you can start Google Meet video chats right in Google Docs and use built-in, collaborative to-do lists. At the same time, with the new tag system, you can easily link documents, tag collaborators, and even specific meetings on your calendar.
the best new Google Docs featurehowever, supports pageless views. It makes Google Docs fully responsive for the first time that Chromebook users will appreciate.