Chrome OS M89 comes with news to make the system more functional, productive and connected with your Android

Google claims that 1 in 10 computers sold in the world today are Chromebooks. A figure that increases in the United States: there 1 out of every 5 computers sold are from Mountain View. And it is that Chrome OS is, at the moment, the second most used desktop operating system. Google Chromebooks outsold Apple computers for most of the year; a fact that, in part, has a lot to do with the pandemic.

With these wickers, Chrome OS continues to evolve to become a more functional and traditional system, if we allow the term, looking more like an OS that does not depend so much on the cloud and the internet connection. The version that arrives today, Chrome OS M89, is a good proof of it.

More functional, productive and connected with Android, this is the new version of Chrome OS

Phone Hub and Share with Nearby: vitaminizing sharing

Chromebook connectivity

Chrome OS version 89 arrives as they celebrate their 10th anniversary and incorporates two great new features: Phone Hub and Share with Nearby. Something like that was missing.

The first, Phone Hub, is an integrated control center that transfers the main functions of our Android phone to your Chromebook; a feature that seems incredible that the system did not have. This center will allow us to answer messages, check the charge and battery of the device, locate it and even activate the hotspot. And it also shows us the Chrome tabs for Android. It is, so to speak, a Chromebook Your Phone.

Phone Hub is, so to speak, a Your Phone of Chromebooks

On the other hand, Share with Nearby It will allow us over the next few months to share files instantly and securely between our Chromebook computer and other Chrome OS or Android devices, like our mobile phone. All this without sharing contact information, helping to increase our privacy even when sharing files.

Features that were missed

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Google's stand out as great functionality the new screenshot tool; and is not for less. Without the need to remember keyboard shortcuts, the new feature to immortalize what appears on our monitor is integrated into the Quick Settings menu. With it we can take screenshots and screen recordings that will appear instantly in another novelty, Tote.

Tote is, quite simply, a new space in which the files that the system considers important are grouped. When we open this place from the Bookshelf we will find all our latest downloads and screenshots, as well as the pinned files.

Another notable novelty that will be appreciated by users who download this new version 89 of Chrome OS is that multimedia controls are also integrated directly into the Quick Settings menu, so that we will know where to go when we need to press play, stop a playback, or skip the song. It is used for what we are playing from the internet or even from an Android application. In addition, we can anchor this media player directly to the Bookshelf to access it in seconds.

The new version of Chrome OS brings new functionalities and improvements aimed at increasing the usefulness of the Chromebook system

Chromebook also receives with this update a new Clipboard that saves the last five copied items, Windows-style, and Quickly answers. This functionality aims to be one step ahead of us and, when we right-click on a word, it will automatically show us useful information, see a definition, a translation or unit conversion. If that is exactly what we are looking for, we will have saved clicks.

And another novelty aimed at improving productivity: the empowerment of Desks. If we restart our computer, for example, all the windows of our previous desktops will be recovered and we will be able to continue our work as if nothing had happened. Also, just by clicking with the right button we can send a window directly to one or all the desktops and sliding four fingers on it. trackpad it will allow us to change the desktop. The sharing of files, images and links has also been improved, the Select to speak tool that allows you to listen to texts with new playback options.

Wi-Fi sync It has also been updated so that it can work with more devices, so a Chromebook can automatically connect to the trusted Wi-Fi networks that we are previously using on our Android or other devices with Chrome OS. As long as, yes, we log in with the same Google account.