Google is pushing a new ChromeOS update which introduces significant improvements, including a new look, some useful battery charging controls, highlight color accessibility settings, and more (through 9to5Google).
ChromeOS, now stable version 117adopts Google’s “Material You” design philosophy, the radical new look introduced in Android 12 in 2021. The change is most prominent in the newly redesigned Quick Settings view which now has easier-to-select (and read) rectangular buttons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other settings compared to the small circle icons above.
Updated ChromeOS devices will also get a new notification panel at the bottom right of the screen, giving you easier access to new messages, emails, and other app alerts. The calendar also has an updated Up Next view with the ability to easily switch to video calls. Additionally, there are new privacy indicators that show when the camera and microphone are in use in the status area at the bottom right of the screen.
The new software also lets you find your Chromebook (or other ChromeOS device) specs, such as CPU and RAM, with a simple search in the Launcher. Previously, there were complicated steps to find the RAM and other information would require the help of third-party apps. like tooth to discover.
To help prolong battery health, ChromeOS now has adaptive charging that can keep the charge at 80 percent and use machine learning to predict when a user will unplug it so it can charge to 100 percent before then. (You can access the feature by going to Settings > Device > Power > Adaptive Charging.)
Finally, Google is adding new accent colors so that users with color vision deficiencies can better navigate the interface. This feature can be found in ChromeOS’s accessibility settings under “Display & Magnification.”