Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chromebook Updates [March 2014] - hands free searching & ethernet configurations in the admin console

Notable new features include:
  • Hands Free Voice Search
  • Admin Console Updates - Ethernet configurations & new device policy
  • Stable Release list
Full release notes & Sources Below

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Hands free search in Chrome

This will be rolled out to English (U.S.) users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few days, with support for additional languages and Chrome OS coming soon. Here are a few examples to get you started:
  • Perform searches: Say “Ok Google, how many ounces are in a cup?” 
  • Set a timer: Say “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes” 
  • Create a reminder for Google Now: Say “Ok Google, remind me to pick up dessert at 6pm tonight”
To enable this feature, visit, click on the mic icon, then click on “Enable Ok Google."

Admin Console Updates

Ethernet Configuration Options in console panel
To access these settings click 'Device management > Chrome management > Network'. The ethernet settings you can configure are a subset of the Wi-Fi settings.
(Source & Source)

Enable or disable verified access for content protection has been added as a new device policy.
Enabled protection will verify identity to content providers using a unique key, and attest to content providers that they are running in Verified Boot mode.
Disabled protection may make some premium content unavailable to your users.

Stable channel updates