A welcome bit of news for Chromebook owners came this evening, as Chrome OS 28 hit the stable channel and will be rolling out to laptops over the coming days. First and foremost, you'll find a speedier version of the Files app, which now supports recent and shared files on Google Drive. In addition, the operating system now allows for monitor rotation and scaling, and even displays pop-up notifications after taking screenshots. As an added treat, Chromebook Pixel users will find visual feedback when clicking on buttons and links. Combine this with performance enhancements and crash fixes, and Chrome OS 28 stacks up as another incremental (but wholly welcome) update.
Chrome OS 28.0.1500.68 release highlights:
- Numerous crash fixes and performance improvements.
- Speed improvements for the Files app, along with support for files that are Shared with me and Recent on Google Drive.
- Monitor Rotation and Scaling - you can scale your UI smaller and rotate the screen on all Chromebooks.
- Notification pop-up message appears when screenshots are taken. Clicking on the notification will bring you right to the screenshot.
- Replaced the Japanese IME with a NaCl extension version downloads a better language model upon actual usage.
- Added transliteration IMEs for Indic languages from Google Input Tools.
- Touch link highlighting on Chromebook Pixel - we now provide feedback on which link you click or button you press.
- Updated Chrome Office Viewer (Beta) extension
- Pepper Flash updated to 11.8.800.94