Mountain View, California-based giant Google has launched its latest version of its ChromeOS operating system for Chromebooks, ChromeOS 103. ChromeOS 103 offers several new features, such as the ability to see your camera roll in Phone Hub and Near Share to save Wi-Fi passwords. share between devices and more.
Google’s Phone Hub allows ChromeOS users to see their notifications from their Android phones on their Chromebooks, view recent Chrome tabs, view battery life/mobile signal from their Chromebook, among other things. With Chrome OS 13, Google has also added your Android phone’s camera roll to the Phone Hub on ChromeOS. The update shows a new row of four “Recent Photos”, including screenshots on the Phone Hub app. Tapping on these photos will immediately download the image to your Downloads folder for further editing and upload. Google has said that this feature also works offline. To see the latest feature, users must have their smartphone connected to the Chromebook. You can do this by going to Settings > Connected devices > (your phone).
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Aside from photos in your phone hub, ChromeOS 103 also offers the ability to share Wi-Fi passwords from Android to Chromebooks. To do this, users need to open the network details page, tap Share and then tap Close to see ChromeOS devices. After acceptance, the Chromebook will automatically log 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. There’s also a new Screencast app on ChromeOS, aimed at educators to make video lessons run more smoothly. The app allows teachers to draw and highlight their screen while recording with the front-facing camera. There is also a transcription feature in 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 at the CES 2022 show.
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