Chrome OS is Google's platform for desktops and notebooks that is a balance between a traditional operating system and a lighter, productivity centered OS. The entire Google suite of apps allows users to run Android applications, browse the internet, play games and respond to emails. Heavy usage won't yield much in regards to performance. Despite the limitations of Chrome OS, it is still vulnerable to hacks and security flaws just like any other platform.

Google has just released version 62 of Chrome OS which includes a number of fixes, the biggest being a patch for the KRACK WPA 2 exploit that was announced a few weeks ago. This latest update also contains new features and performance enhancements, including:

  • Ability to zoom legacy apps in tablet mode.

  • Kerberos SSO integration for Active Directory managed Chrome OS devices.

  • Randomized Alternate Hosts for Captive Portal Detection.

  • Enhanced touch experience in the Files app.

  • Chrome notification style and interactions refresh.

  • Support for full-screen apps in Enterprise Public Session mode.

  • ARC++ inbound network connections.

Once Android apps were made available on Chrome OS, there was an obvious difference in the appearance of notifications for native apps versus those downloaded from the Play Store. The update makes Chrome apps appear as they would on Android for more consistency. Taking a screenshot is also similar to Android with a preview being displayed after snapping one. These changes are good evidence that a push toward unifying the features of Android and Chrome OS is occurring before our eyes.

Are you currently a ChromeOS user? How do you feel about the incorporation of Android type features into Chrome? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.