Google has introduced a bunch of new features for Chrome OS, including a very useful one for Android and Chromebook users, called Phone Hub. The feature is meant to connect an Android phone to a Chromebook and will allow you access to a number of options such as responding to text messages, checking your phone’s battery life, setting up Wi-Fi hotspot, and locating a device.
Phone Hub will be displayed as a taskbar widget, that you can expand to view your recent Chrome tabs that you have been browsing.
In addition to that, Google is making its Wi-Fi Sync feature available on more devices. This means that you can connect to already configured Wi-Fi networks on your Android phone and other Chrome OS devices.
Google has also introduced “nearby share” that works between Chromebooks and other Android and Chrome OS devices, which functions quite like Apple’s AirDrop. Using this feature, you can transfer and receive files between devices. The feature will come to Chrome OS in the next few months, according to Google.
Among the new Chrome OS features is also a new Screen Capture tool that can be accessed from the Quick Settings menu. The tool is meant to let you record your screen or take screenshots. The screen recordings or screenshots can then be accessed in a “Tote” space from the Chrome OS Shelf.
Another update to the Chrome OS includes an improved Clipboard, which will now let you save up to five recent items that you can paste elsewhere without having to switch windows. The virtual desktops feature Desks has also been improved, which will now restore all windows to their correct virtual desktops when you reboot Chromebook.
Lastly, a “quick answers” tool is also a new Chrome OS addition, which allows you to obtain definitions, translations, or unit conversions by simply right-clicking a word in Chrome OS.