The firm is adding a commonly used screenshot button combination, the power and volume down combo, to Chrome OS. This is done so users od devices like the Pixebook which are capable of being folded into tablets can easily take screenshots without needing to engage to screenshot button. Not mentioned in the changelog is the new flag that allows users to turn on split screen for apps in tablet mode. It works very much like Windows 10, in that two apps can be viewed on screen at once.
We reported earlier this week that Google might be planning to make Chrome OS power detachables in addition to hybrids, and improvements like this make that more likely. Google's improvements to tablet mode may also make the OS a viable standalone tablet operating system as well. In fact, a Chrome OS-powered tablet has been spotted in the wild this year, and speculation about Google adapting ChromeOS for tablets has been around since the Pixel C was launched. While a Chrome OS-powered tablet will have the same app catalogue as a regular Android tablet, it'll also have the power to run full-fat Chrome, as well as the fast and secure updates which are unique to Chrome OS at this time.
Here's the full changelog:
- Take screenshots faster on Chromebooks with a 360-degree hinge by pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time
- Revamped Intent Picker for Play Applications (Same window by default with override)
- Lockscreen Performance Improvements
- Enable VPN for Google Play Apps
- Enhancements to our protected media pipeline for Android
- Android Container Auto Update Optimizations
- Touchscreen pairing settings
The update also patched the Intel Spectre vulnerability for affected devices. It will be rolling out to Chrome OS users over the coming weeks.