Here’s what Linux backup and restore for Chromebooks looks like, expected in Chrome OS 74

With a feature freeze date of next week for Chrome OS 74, there’s been a slew of activity by developers to implement the Linux backup and restore feature on Chromebooks in time to make the cut. Here’s what it will look like.

Sideloading Android apps on Chromebooks (very) tentatively planned for Chrome OS 74 or 75

It’s not an official commitment to a particular release, but Google is considering a way to sideload Android apps from outside of the Google Play Store on a Chromebook in the next few months. It’s going to depend on security and other priorities, however.

Native backup and restoring of Linux containers in Crostini targeted for Chrome OS 74

Slated for Chrome OS 74 is a new function to export and import Crostini containers on Chromebooks, allowing you to backup or restore your Linux environment as needed — handy for folks relying heavily on Linux apps within the Chrome OS platform.

Audio support for Linux on Chromebooks appears to be pushed back to Chrome OS 74

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.

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