With each passing update, ChromeOS becomes a more viable option for a legitimate full-time operating system. The most recent update to the beta channel brings what could be one of its most significant features for anyone looking to ditch their traditional laptop: MTP support. It's not a huge step forward, but the ability to plug in your Android phone and transfer files to and from it is still something worth being happy about, as it shows ChromeOS' maturity and Google's push to make it more consumer-friendly.

Other than MTP support, this update also brings improved touchscreen support. Tap-tap-tap away on that ol' Chromebook.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What about adb and fast boot?

  • Greek_Ice

    Confirmed. Just tested with my Nexus 5, about damn time.

  • Taylor00

    I ditched my laptop for a Chromebook for over a year now, but this was long overdue.

    • av

      ....said no one ever.

      • Tailor00

        You obviously can't read.

  • larry harper

    I can connect to my chromebook with my N5 but i dont see how to move any files..can edit pics /saved to download file but cant seem to move any music around..someone point me in the right direction....;)

    • Scott Harris

      Same here, it's ridiculous.

      • larry harper

        Hopefully its just a slow start from google,but in my opinion this is one of the most important thing they can do for chrome os and android,it would be a window killer for sure.

  • Qbancelli

    What? You couldn't do this before? Really?

    • Blue Sun

      This is the only reason I bought an OTG USB thumb drive.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Progress. I think, especially once Android app support is added, that Chrome OS may eventually take over for me.

  • andy_o

    Can you print locally yet? If not via USB, at least via LAN or WLAN?

    • Ivan Fossa-Ferrari

      People still print things outside of work?

    • Trent

      No, but an interesting new API will allow traditional printers to work via extensions.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    And it probably works better than MTP on Ubuntu :( I'm so tired of MTP stack freezing and crashing on my PC.

  • Scott Harris

    I'm on the beta OS and I still can't transfer to and from my nexus 5

  • xdapao3

    ChromeOS is still very much a toy... Android is much more of a full fledged operating system (which is also why it's light years ahead of iOS and WP... it's pratically as powerful as a desktop OS!!) than that very limited crap.
    Windows on my laptop and Android on my Note 3 and Tab S, NOTHING can touch this combo.