Google has announced the arrival of Chrome 20 to the stable channel for Chrome OS, the company's browser-based operating system for Chromebooks. The update brings Google Drive front and center, adds offline Google Docs support and also manages to stamp out a variety of bugs and security flaws.
Early Chrome OS adopters who still own one of the original, pilot program-issued Chromebooks may also be pleased to know that Google will be shoe-horning Aura UI onto Cr-48 models. Aura UI offered Chrome OS a significant facelift, changing the user interface to mimic a familiar desktop OS experience. With the visual redesign, it appears Google is focused on moving Chrome OS somewhere between its radical "browser with a keyboard" concept and a traditional desktop operating system.
Some of the most significant changes are:
- Support for Google Drive -- tighter Google Drive integration is a potentially exciting change for Chrome OS users
- Offline support of Google Docs
Firmware update for Chromebook Series 5 550.
Note: A screen with Chrome Logo and a critical update notification will show after update restarts. It will reboot by itself after firmware update completes.
- Updates to the sandboxed Pepper Flash module
- Aura UI for Cr-48 Chromebooks
- Switched to open source touchpad driver on Cr-48 systems
- Crash fixes
The change to an open source touchpad driver is expected to solve the Cr-48's touchpad responsiveness issues -- a common complaint during the pilot program. The Cr-48 came equipped with a multi-touch capable trackpad made by Synaptics.
This latest installment of Chrome OS is expected to complete its rollout over the next several days.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
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