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Copying and pasting on Chromebook tablets is about to get a lot easier

Copying and pasting on Chromebook tablets is about to get a lot easier

The virtual keyboard on Chrome OS has been a sore point for many Chromebook tablet owners. Ranging from unreliable autocorrect to buggy input, the typing experience on it is still pretty lackluster to this day. Last year, it did at least receive improved handwriting recognition, a major UI facelift, and an option to change its size. Now, Google is getting ready to integrate one of our favorite Chrome OS 89 features.

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Chrome OS Dev channel integrates Google Assistant results in app drawer search

Chrome OS Dev channel integrates Google Assistant results in app drawer search

Chrome OS has been slowly but steadily incorporating Google Assistant, with Chrome OS 71 first introducing native support and version 72 bringing it to more devices. The latest developer version of the operating system continues with this effort by including results from the Assistant when you type in the search bar.

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Chrome OS 'Better Together' feature shows up in Dev channel

Chrome OS 'Better Together' feature shows up in Dev channel

Google has been working on a Chrome OS phone syncing feature for over a year, called 'Better Together'. It started out as a way to respond to SMS messages from your phone on your Chromebook, but it has evolved into something more general-purpose. Now the functionality is rolling out on the Chrome OS Dev channel.

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Chrome OS gets new emoji context menu 😗👌

Chrome OS gets new emoji context menu 😗👌

Chromebooks are slowly closing the feature gap between themselves and more traditional laptops, making them more suited for a wider range of working environments with each passing day. But not all changes have to be a boon to productivity. For example, Chrome OS just got a new input field context menu for emoji. 😉

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New Chrome OS quick settings menu takes design cues from Android P

New Chrome OS quick settings menu takes design cues from Android P

The first developer preview of Android P was released earlier this month, and some of the most noticeable visual changes were to be found in the quick settings panel. Icons are now placed inside circles which are blue if active/on and greyed out if inactive/off. It's too early to say for sure if these changes will remain the same in the final version, but if Chrome OS 67 is anything to go by, they may be pretty much final.

The latest version of Google's desktop, laptop, and now tablet OS introduces a new style for its quick settings panel, and it's clear the design teams within Google are working together to create a unified look.

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Google is testing a way to make tab casting video suck a lot less, and you can try it

Google is testing a way to make tab casting video suck a lot less, and you can try it

Google has introduced a new tweak in Chrome Dev channel for streaming full-screen video tabs to Chromecasts, significantly improving power consumption and streaming performance. Now your Chromecast can directly pull the video itself. Obviously there are lots of major and minor benefits to being able to stream any video feed to your Chromecast at higher quality. Now you can stream live feeds and videos from sources that didn't previously support Chromecast streaming, or for which the old methods resulted in a stuttery or low-quality stream. To put it simply: casting Amazon Prime (or other feeds that didn't have Chromecast support) just got better.

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Unfinished 'Easy Unlock' Feature Creeps Into Chrome OS Dev, Will Potentially Skip The Password Prompt If Your Phone Is Nearby

Unfinished 'Easy Unlock' Feature Creeps Into Chrome OS Dev, Will Potentially Skip The Password Prompt If Your Phone Is Nearby

A new feature has snuck into the Chrome OS dev channel that, while not yet fully baked (okay, it's still mostly a block of ice), could one day allow users to unlock their Chromebooks automatically just by having their phone in close proximity. This feature is "Easy Unlock."

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