Chrome OS 66 Now Rolling Out To Devices On Stable Channel

Google is currently rolling out Chrome OS 66 to supported devices running the stable version of the operating system. This operating system upgrade brings a number of new features and security enhancements to Chrome OS devices. One of the new features is the ability to record videos using the Chrome Camera app. Before this feature was rolled out, Chromebooks can only record video using third-party Android or Chrome OS applications. Chromebooks should be capable of recording video clips with a frame rate of 30fps, as long as the device supports the operating system's MediaRecorder APIs. Another feature that is coming to Chrome OS devices is the introduction of new keyboard shortcuts that make it easier for users to transfer windows between the internal display of the Chromebook and the external displays connected to the device. In order to move windows between displays, users only need to press the Search + ALT + Arrow keys. For example, to move the active window to the left-most connected monitor, users may press on the Search + ALT + Left keys in order to transfer the currently active window.

Upon updating their devices to Chrome OS 66, users will now be able to zoom in a portion of the display by as much as 20x through the Chrome OS screen magnifier and people can also adjust the magnification level through the pinch gesture. Moreover, the operating system now supports screen sharing of Android applications installed from the Google Play Store, and the software update also introduces improvements made to the window maximization of Google Play apps. Furthermore, the Google Play on Chrome OS has also been modified to support the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. Chrome OS 66 enables Google Play applications to utilize the operating system's native printing functionality, and it also permits more devices to support the Magic Tether feature.

Aside from new and improved features, Chrome OS 66 also brings the Kernel Page-Table Isolation (KPTI) mitigation to Intel devices running kernel version 3.8. This means that all supported Intel devices running Chrome OS are now protected from the Meltdown vulnerability. Just last month, Google rolled out the security fix to Intel devices running kernel version 3.14. It is important to note that the software update is being deployed in stages and it may take several days before all devices receive the operating system update.

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