Chrome OS 57 Begins Rolling Out to Google Chromebooks

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Chrome OS devices will start receiving updates soon now that the Stable channel has rolled out update 57.0.2987.123. The only devices that will not be receiving this update are apparently AOpen’s Chromebase Mini and Chromebox Mini, Google’s Chromebook Pixel, ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 and C100PA, Samsung’s Chromebook Plus and the Acer Chromebook R13. The new update brings several fixes to known bugs as well as updates for security and new features. Chromebooks will be receiving the update notifications in the coming week.

Some of the changes Chrome OS will be receiving include silent authentication, a new boot animation as well as access to media files from Android apps when using the Files app. It will also bring PIN unlock for all updated devices, a feature that was previously only available on some devices after enabling experimental features. The update also adds a flip feature in the Camera app for devices with a front and rear facing camera as well as a new wallpaper. For devices that have a tablet mode the power button will also turn the display off. But logs may not be immediately available until the update has had time to roll out and enough devices are running it. For devices that are up-to-date, a down pointing arrow will be visible in the notification area on the right side of the Shelf.  Users of Citrix products will find improved support for copying and pasting between Citrix Receiver and Chrome OS.

There is no out of the box Android app support in Chrome OS 57. For most users, the Dev channel is where the ability to find Android app support is waiting. The Dev Channel was updated to 58.0.3029.31, although the Play Store was working in the Dev Channel in update 57. There are still bugs to be worked out, which is why Android app support has stayed in the Dev Channel.  For those finding it difficult to wait for the Play Store to roll out onto the Stable Channel, the Dev channel is currently the only option. Not all devices will have access to the Play Store, but it has been confirmed that all new Chromebooks released in 2017 will be capable of running Android Apps.