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ChromeOS 112 release adds clicks and shortcuts to screen captures.

ChromeOS 112 release adds several new Chromebook features

The ChromeOS 112 release is now available with new Chromebook features and arrived two days after the Chrome browser was updated to version 112. Updated or new Chromebook features include Screencast improvements and improved hidden network privacy. This version is now rolling out to most of the supported ChromeOS devices, although there are some noticeable absences. In particular, some of the newer 12th gen Intel Chromebooks are still on version 111. If you haven’t received the ChromeOS 112 release, you can check the status of your device here.

Fast Pair grabs the ChromeOS 112 release headline again

Although Google mentioned its Bluetooth Fast Pair feature with ChromeOS 111, there’s already an improvement. The ChromeOS 112 release adds a dedicated section for saved devices connected through Fast Pair. Google says this “experience mirrors the management capabilities already available for Fast Pair on Android today.”

ChromeOS 112 release gets Google Fast Pair

Screencasts get multi-lingual transcription

If you use the Screencasts function that arrived on Chromebooks with version 103, you might appreciate this new feature. Until now, any screenscast transcriptions were only available in English for the US. ChromeOS 112 sets the stage for “a wide range of languages including Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, and German.”

Google says this multi-lingual transcription is coming soon, so it may not even require a ChromeOS update to enable it. The transcription feature uses Google’s S3 transcription API, meaning the flip of a switch by Google could add new languages.

Visible clicks and keyboard shortcuts in screen captures

You may not care about this but I’m personally thrilled. With ChromeOS 112, you can show trackpad clicks and keyboard shortcuts in screen captures.

For me, this adds a ton of value, which hopefully, I’ll pass on to you. I often include screen captures in my Chromebook how-to articles, for example. While I explain what to click during the process, it’s far more useful to show you what to click. Such as the below example using this feature:

ChromeOS 112 release updates screen captures

Note that to use this, you need to enable it. Of course, the feature doesn’t work with the Screen Capture menu, so I’ll have to tell you how to do that. LOL!

When in Screen Capture mode with ChromeOS 112, click the Screen Capture settings. You’ll see a new “Show clicks and keys” menu option. Enable that and you’re all set.

Improved hidden network privacy in ChromeOS 112

While you can use a Chromebook to connect to a hidden wireless network — one that doesn’t broadcast its SSID — it’s not an ideal situation. Google says that any device joining such a network actually broadcasts the SSID when it joins the network. So with ChromeOS 112, your Chromebook will remove any connection information to hidden networks if you haven’t used them in two weeks.

All of the Chrome 112 updates are in the ChromeOS 112 release

I recently shared all of the browser updates in Chrome 112, and of course, they come along for the ride. I won’t rehash them here as you can read them in full. Here’s a TL;DR list:

  • 16 security fixes in Google Chrome 112
  • Chrome Apps are gone from Mac, Linux and Windows (but not ChromeOS)
  • Revoking unused permissions over time
  • More data options on Google Chrome Takeout
ChromeOS 112 Google Takeout options

Here’s a bonus feature!

I can’t say for certain if this arrived with the ChromeOS 112 release or prior, however, there’s a nifty experimental flag I noticed today. It’s a way to enable drag-and-drop images from your Chromebook’s notifications. You can find and enable it at chrome://flags#enable-notification-image-drag.

I did just that and captured a screen shot on my Chromebook. This generates a notification with the captured image. Since I resize and compress my images using Sqoosh, I was able to drag-and-drop the notification image right into the app.

Here’s an image with the screen capture and another showing the drag-and-drop feature:

ChromeOS 112 image notification
ChromeOS 112 release image drag and drop from notification
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Kevin C. Tofel

9 thoughts on “ChromeOS 112 release adds several new Chromebook features

  1. If you’re fast enough and you’ve got good eye-hand coordination, you can also get a red circle on a screen capture by turning on “Highlight mouse cursor when moving.” (But I wouldn’t recommend that method.)

  2. One feature missing from ChromeOS I have noticed, is the ability to take a photo via an app or website link in tablet mode

    Android devices allows you to choose ‘Camera’ or ‘Files’ to import but Chrome OS alas you have to take your photos with camera first, then import from files only, a step backwards as my workplace is now solely ChromeOS and has banned all android and apple devices from the network.

  3. What happened to the native gmail program? It seems to be deleted. The only thing available is the resizable tablet app. (which I hate) Google seems to think my 16” chromebook is a phone or tablet. Is there any way to get it back?

    1. If you have 16″ Chromebook, what’s your objection to just running the gmail PWA either as a browser tab or in window like the rest of the world? I’d say, don’t make life more complicated and difficult than it has to be.

      1. I have a nice wallpaper on the web along with the calendar and it’s organized the way I want it. The pwa is minimalistic in the extreme and ugly.
        I finally just pinned a new shortcut to the bookmark, on the taskbar.

  4. ChromeOS 112 is now available for Acer Spin 714. I was able to download it just now.

  5. I have had a Chromebook for a couple of years. All these upgrades are constantly underwhelming. Chromebook is the most useless and unimpressive technology I’ve ever purchased. All it does is collect dust and constantly upgrade itself.

    1. Actually, Chromebooks keep you very productive: All you do is come here and complain about them. 😉 My recommendation: use the tools that work the best for you and don’t disrespect the same choice of others here. That’s about the nicest way I can say that if you’re going to contribute nothing of value, you’ll be blocked in the future.

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