Chrome OS 68 Gets A Second Rollout With Wi-Fi Bug Fixes

Chrome 68 is now rolling out again, Google confirmed, stating that the update includes some bug fixes that are likely tied to issues users experienced with the wireless 802.11r protocol during the previous deployment. That feature was intended to allow seamless secure switching between base stations for Chromebooks and other devices that are "Always On" but led to at least some users experiencing Wi-Fi disconnects. That didn't impact every device on the market but was expected to cause some problems for education and enterprise Chromebooks, as well as the average consumer. Those users who weren't having any issues but had already received the prior update aren't likely to see any differences with the new update if and when it arrives. In total, more than 50 Chrome OS devices are slated to get the new software package as part of the initial rollout, according to the Chrome OS update roadmap. Others that are eligible for the update will follow shortly afterward. The new firmware will bring eligible Chrome OS devices to build number 68.0.3440.118 (platform version 10718.88.2).

Of course, for those who hadn't previously seen Chrome 68 landing on their Chrome OS devices, there is plenty to be excited about. In addition to adding support for 802.11r for those Chromebooks that support it, Material Design 2.0 is included with the new OS version. such as the inclusion of ChromeVox accessibility controls directly from the volume keys and a standalone 'Select-to-Speak' feature. The former inclusion allows users to disable or enable the screen reader via the side hardware volume keys on convertibles and other devices with those in place. The latter allows users to enable partial screen reader features in the settings and then simply select text to have it read aloud. Display size adjustments, on the other hand, now allow users to change the associated setting for connected displays and to tweak individual U.I. elements on the Chromebook itself. On the security front, users can now navigate to options and set a 6-digit PIN for signing in instead of relying solely on a password from the lock screen.

Meanwhile, Chrome 69 is planned to begin hitting various platforms as of September 4, in the meantime. That will include a number of additional long-awaited features but won't likely hit Chrome OS until sometime after landing on Windows, Mac, and Linux. So users who are just now receiving the update to Chrome 68 will want to make sure they report any further bugs from this update to any of the appropriate official forums.

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