Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks

Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks


  • Chrome 54 stable channel for Chrome OS rolling out
  • It brings many improvements in user interface
  • The update also introduces a new Quick View feature

Soon after Chrome 54 was made available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, Chrome OS 54 has now moved to the stable channel. Chrome OS 54 introduces some bug fixes, security updates, UI tweaks and new features like Quick View.

The Chrome OS stable channel has been updated to 54.0.2840.79, and Chrome OS and Chromebook users will be receiving it in the next few days. While most of the Chromebooks will receive the update, HP Chromebook 13 G1, Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, and Thinkpad 13 Chromebook have been mysteriously left out.

The most notable addition is the new Quick View feature available in the File app to preview files. All you need to do is highlight a file, and then press the space bar to get a generic preview. For example, if you ‘Quick View’ an image file, a small preview along with size and file type information pops up on the screen.

Alt+Tab is a nifty shortcut often used to switch between windows. With Chrome OS 54, Google has added a new animation in the centre that shows a preview (of sorts) of all the open tabs, and lets you select exactly which tab you intend to switch to. Other changes include a new opt-in setting to show Input Method on shelf, a read only policy for external USB/SD storage devices, and general UI improvements across platform. As mentioned, Chrome 54 is already available to desktop and even Android users.

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Chrome 52 for Android Rolls Out With ‘Fast and Data-Efficient’ Video Playback

Chrome 52 for Android Rolls Out With 'Fast and Data-Efficient' Video Playback


  • It also brings support for video in data saving mode
  • Videos load five times faster in new browser
  • Users can save 50 percent data while browsing videos

After releasing it for Windows, Mac, and Linux users; Google has now released a stable Chrome 52 build for Android users as well. The biggest improvement with this update revolves around video playback. The browser will now load videos faster, apart from using less data and consuming less power during playback.

Chrome 52 for Android is rolling out to all users via an OTA, and it should reach all Android smartphones soon. For those who have not been prompted with a notification, can go to Settings > About > Check for updates.

With this update videos on popular sites like Facebook, YouTube and Netflix will load much faster, reducing buffer to a larger extent. To show just how fast the load time gets with the new update, Product manager At Google John Pallett has posted a video comparison on YouTube. The video experiment shows that the video starts five times faster on Chrome 52.

The new update also brings support for video in Data Saving Mode. Google claims that a user can save as much as 50 percent of data while viewing videos in Data Saving Mode. Of course, this works only on sites that are HTML5-based, which means Flash-based sites will continue to suck data and power while buffering videos.

Google has been discouraging the use of Flash since quite a while now, and has been pushing developers to switch to HTML5. The HTML5 software provides faster load times and consumes less power, which also helps battery life. As mentioned, Chrome 52 reached Windows, Linux, and Mac users last month bringing 48 security fixes.

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Google Chrome forty for iOS Brings fabric design, Handoff help, and more

Google Chrome 40 for iOS Brings Material Design, Handoff Support, and More

Google on Tuesday launched its Chrome v40 browser for iOS devices with some new functions and its iconic cloth design. it’s miles worth mentioning that Google has already delivered its fabric layout in iOSdevices through the Google Maps app.

the brand new Chrome model for iPhone and iPad fashions additionally includes the Handoff functionfirst brought with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. For the ones unaware, Handoff is the potential to choose up your paintings wherein you left off whilst switching among iOS and OS X gadgets. The characteristic in Chrome 40 for iOS shall we customers switch their tabs from iOS gadgets to their default web browser on an OS X device, and vice versa.

except Google’s cloth design aesthetic that first got here as part of Android Lollipop in October, themodern-day Chrome browser also comes optimised for iOS eight and ‘larger telephones‘ – specially, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. some balance improvements and worm fixes also are covered within thereplace.

it’s miles well worth citing that Google is presently working on multiple more capabilities for Chrome browser for mobile gadgets. In November at some stage in the Chrome Dev Summit, Darin Fisher, vpEngineering stated that Chrome engineers are working on improving background capabilities, along with up to date cached and offline content material, however it will take the time. The Chrome push notifications feature for builders is likewise in the pipeline.

Google earlier this month also released Chrome far flung computer for iOS. via the app, customers canmanage their computer systems via their iOS device.

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