Mountain View, Calif.-based giant Google has launched its latest version of the ChromeOS operating system for Chromebooks, ChromeOS 103. ChromeOS 103 brings many new features like the ability to view your camera roll in Phone Hub and Near Share to share Wi-Fi passwords between devices, and more.
Google’s Phone Hub already lets ChromeOS users view their notifications from their Android phone on their Chromebook, view recent Chrome tabs, view battery life/cellular signal from their Chromebook, and more. With Chrome OS 13, Google has also added your Android phone’s camera roll to the Phone Hub on ChromeOS. The update introduces a new row of four “Recent Photos” including screenshots on the Phone Hub app. Tapping on these images will immediately download the images to your Downloads folder for further editing and uploading. Google has said that this feature will also work offline. To see the latest feature, users will have to keep their smartphone connected to the Chromebook. You can do this by going to Settings > Connected Devices > (You Phone).
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In addition to photos in your phone hub, ChromeOS 103 also brings the ability to share Wi-Fi passwords from Android to Chromebooks. To do this, users need to open the network details page, tap on Sharing, and then tap Nearby to view ChromeOS devices. Once accepted, the Chromebook will automatically sign in to Wi-Fi. Google has said that sharing is now “10 times faster”, while the onboarding process has been streamlined.
Another feature that hasn’t been widely rolled out yet is the redesigned launcher, which can find and navigate open tabs. In addition, there’s a new Screencast app on ChromeOS that aims to make video lessons more accessible to teachers. The app allows teachers to draw and highlight their screen while recording with the front-facing camera. There is also a transcription feature on the Screencast app.
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Another feature that Google has announced but won’t be rolling out until the summer is Fast Pair, which the company announced earlier this year during the CES 2022 show.
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