Chrome OS doesn’t support the randomization of a Wi-Fi radio’s MAC address. But it’s on the way: This new Chromebook privacy feature will bring Chrome OS more on par with other desktop platforms.
Setting up and signing in to your Wi-Fi network on a new Chromebook or Android phone may become a thing of the past. Chrome OS code commits show work on a feature that would sync your wireless network configuration between the two devices.
Between offline file synchronization, Android and Linux apps, and smart prepping, you can do more than ever with a Chromebook when you’re not online. Here are 4 strategies from ComputerWorld and 2 of my own to make it happen.
USB-tethering to an iPhone for web access is in the works for Chromebooks. Why would you need this? It uses less battery on your device compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth tethering.
Until today, you officially needed a Google-branded Android phone and Chromebook to use the Instant Tethering feature for connectivity when you can’t find a Wi-Fi hotspot. Now, the feature is expanding to partner devices with more in the coming months.
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.
The FCC is assigning new IDs to both a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module and an LTE chipset to none other than Google. There are many device possibilities here, but pairing this news with previous evidence of the Pixelbook 2 suggests a Google-branded LTE-capable Chromebook.
Apparently, the Chromium team has seen reports of “wonky” Wi-Fi connections on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices. As a result, the team will be adding support for certain USB Wi-Fi dongles so users will have backup connectivity.