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Chrome OS 69 launched: 13 features to look forward to

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Google Chrome OS stable channel has received an update and is now bumped up to version 69.0.3497.95 (Platform version: 10895.56.0) for most of the Chrome OS devices.

The new build contains a number of new features, bug fixes and security improvements. The update will be rolled over to systems globally in the next few days.

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New features of Crome OS 69

Chrome OS 69 has been updated with the following 13 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 behaviour unification
  • Video capture service

Security Fixes

The only security fix on Chrome OS 69 is solving the L1TF and Foreshadow vulnerabilities.

Boards compatible to run Linux

  • bob
  • coral
  • eve
  • fizz
  • kevin
  • nautilus
  • pyro
  • reef
  • sand
  • snappy
  • soraka

“While we would like to be able to bring this work to all Chromebooks, the required kernel and hardware features limit where we can deploy this. A lot of features we use had to be backported, and the further back we go, the more difficult & risky it is to do so. We don’t want to compromise system stability and security here,” Google writes.

The company doesn’t plan to support Linux 3.14 or older as these require backports of new features which could compromise the security of the systems.

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Feeroz Shaani

Feeroz Shaani

Advisor at Candid.Technology, Feeroz is a journalist with 36 years of experience in print, digital, and television. After graduating from Delhi University, he began his journalistic journey with India’s leading news agency Press Trust of India, in 1986. After working for nine years in print media, he became the first batch of media professionals to switch to electronic media in 1995. Since then, he has worked with different news channels and digital media.