Monday, September 16, 2013

Chromebooks Updates [Sept 2013]

Announcement

We're always trying to bring more value to our customers. Starting today we'll be sending a summary of all the new features to ChromeOS & the management console as a monthly email newsletter.

We invite you to share this newsletter with all Google Apps users in your organization, and invite them to subscribe, so that they can stay informed about recent updates to get the most out of Google Apps.

Notable new features include:
  • Custom Terms of Service - upload your own terms of service agreement
  • Disable "Add-User" - Admins can disable the ability for chromebooks users to add new users
  • Immersive Mode - which hides toolbar and shelf for a less distracted viewing experience
  • Monitor Scaling - which can help free up more screen real estate.
  • App Launcher Search Updates - dynamically learn what you search for, apps are more prominent, search web store if you don't have app installed
  • Pin Apps to Shelf - Drag & Drop apps to shelf to pin them
  • Wallpaper Sync - default wallpaper will now sync across devices
Full release notes below...

Protect Students With Web Filtering

Securly protects students on computers throughout the school while giving them safe access to 21st century learning tools like YouTube, Google and Wikipedia.
  • Safe Search
  • Safe Social Media
  • YouTube for Schools
  • and more...

Admin Console Updates

Upload Custom terms of service agreement
Instructions can be found here.

Disable "Add-User"
This update can be found in the "Restict sign-in" settings. For more visit this Google help doc.

Image Searching Made Easier

"Search Google" option now available

Right-click or long-press on an image and select the option to search using your default search provider.
(Source)

Smarter Onmibox Suggestions

Based on recency of websites visited

New updates to the omnibox will provide you with suggestions based on the recency of websites. The suggestions should be more contextually relevant.
(Source)

Reset Browser Settings

Too many extensions!!!

Restore Chrome back to its original state via the Chrome settings page.

1) Click the hashed menu icon
2) Select Settings
3) Click Show advanced settings
4) Click on the button labeled "Reset browser settings"
(Source)

Release 29.0.1547.70 (Platform version: 4319.79.0)

Release to all Chrome OS Devices
Some highlights of these changes are:
  • Fix flash games sites running out of file descriptors and causing system to freeze. (279301)
  • Fix link to redeem Chrome goodies in the Files app

Release 29.0.1547.66 [Windows] (29.0.1547.65 [Mac & Linux])

This update contains a flash update and fixes an issue with Sync.

More Info

Release 29.0.1547.62

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome Frame
This update fixes an issue with printing from Google Docs applications.

More Info

Release 29.0.1547.57 (Platform version: 4319.74.0)

Release to all Chrome OS Devices
Some highlights of these changes are:
  • Kernel 3.8 landed on Pixel and Samsung 550. 
  • New “immersive” mode - hit the fullscreen button to hide the toolbar and shelf and until you hover at the top for a more immersive browsing experience. 
  • Pin apps to the shelf using Drag and Drop from the Launcher 
  • Default wallpaper selection will sync across all your devices 
  • Monitor Scaling allows you to scale the UI. Especially useful on Pixel to get some more space 
  • Two-finger history navigation 
  • App launcher Search just got cleverer
    • It will dynamically learn what you search for 
    • Apps are more prominent 
    • It will search for you in the web store if you don’t have an app installed 
Known Issues: 
  • The link to redeem your Chrome Goodies in the Files app is temporarily broken and will be fixed with the next release. In the meantime, please go here directly.