Now that Chrome OS 73 is on the Stable Channel, you can do more with your Chromebook. In fact, much more than what is listed in the release notes.
Chrome OS 73
The biggest issue to plague the Pixel Slate is the poor animation performance in overview mode. More fixes and optimizations are coming this week in Chrome OS 73.
After consumers gained support for Linux apps in Chrome OS 69, enterprise users get the feature in Chrome OS 73, along with managed guess sessions for improved device sharing.
Curious what you’re actually installing when you add a Linux app to your Chromebook? A new dialog box, possibly ready for Chrome OS 73, will provide the app name, version and details before you click that install button.
Using an Android app to annotate PDFs on your Chromebook? You may not have to much longer: Google introduced a native PDF markup function in the latest Dev Channel of Chrome OS 73 that works with a stylus or a finger on a touchscreen.
A small code change will lead to a largely desired function, particularly for enterprise users: VPN support for Linux apps in Crostini on a Chromebook. Yes, you can use an Android VPN app for Chrome OS, but that security won’t extend to Linux.
Originally only for Chromebook users with a Google Pixel phone, the Instant Tethering feature of Chrome OS now supports non-Pixel Android handsets in the Dev Channel. Here’s how to use it and which phones, so far, work with it.
After making good progress on audio support for Linux apps on Chrome OS, the feature appears to have missed the cut for Chrome OS 73: Tune in to Chrome OS 74, at the earliest, for audio playback in Project Crostini.
The Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel brings a bunch of useful features to Project Crostini on Chromebooks. You can now mount your Google Drive and Google Play files in Linux. Plus there are new flags to enable a Crostini file backup function that’s in the works.
Turns out that Google has known about the tablet overview mode animation lag since before the Pixel Slate even shipped, based on bug reports. One trace indicates 1.5GB of memory in use for the graphics, which help explain issues in the Celeron model.
If you got used to the Share with Linux files feature on your Chromebook, you might want to get un-used to it. The latest Dev Channel release of Chrome OS removes it with a new target version of Chrome OS 73. Here’s why.