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Chrome OS 75 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know

Chrome OS 75 was expected to hit the Stable Channel about a week or two ago, but it didn’t. Until today, that is. On Wednesday, Google began to release the Chrome OS 75 Stable Channel update, which will hit devices on a rolling schedule over the coming days.

In terms of release notes, here’s what Google says you can find in this new version, some of which I’ve previously covered and tested:

Of course, there’s more in Chrome OS 75 than the above five bullet points.

For example, this is the version of Chrome OS that markedly improves the tablet mode animations on the Google Pixel Slate. I captured some of my testing on video so you can see how much better this experience is. There is still room for improvement, but this is a big step forward.

You’ll also get Chrome’s version of “reader mode”: When browsing a site, this removes everything but text and images so you can focus on the content. To use it, you might first need to flip the switch at chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode. Then, click the three-dot menu button at the top right of your browser and choose the “Distill page” option for a distraction-free reading experience, such as this:

Google also disabled a feature, at least by default. If you want to use the Crostini / Linux container backup or restore feature, you’ll have to manually enable it in Chrome OS 75. This was originally slated to happen in the next update, but apparently made the cut for version 75.

I’ll continue to dig around the release notes and update this post if I can verify previously reported features or any other new changes and features additions.

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Kevin C. Tofel

6 thoughts on “Chrome OS 75 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know

  1. Just got OS 76 beta on my Chromebox yesterday. Question for you techies that came up, my Chromebox has reached EOL and Google notified me that they will no longer provide automatic updates to it, but can I still update it manually? I think the answer is very important to all of us Google users as many of the chromeboxes and chromebooks are all approaching the EOL and the owners will all face this one in the very near future. Thanks!

  2. I’d like to use ADB and fastboot to do some maintenance and minor settings changes to my Android phone, but I have no need for the complete Android Studio installation. Any tips on how to obtain and install just these elements of the platform tools within Crostini?

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