ChromeOS 117: Boosting Chromebook Brilliance

  • ChromeOS 117 Update: Google's latest ChromeOS version brings a new design, improved Quick Settings, and a notification panel.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Users can easily access device specs, benefit from adaptive charging, and enjoy privacy indicators.
  • Accessibility Improvements: ChromeOS introduces accent colors for better navigation, catering to users with color vision deficiencies.

Chromebook users in South Africa are in for a treat as Google introduces a major update to ChromeOS. Version 117 brings a host of significant upgrades, promising to enhance the user experience and functionality of these popular devices. Let’s dive into the details of what this update has to offer.

One of the most noticeable changes in ChromeOS 117 is the adoption of Google’s “Material You” design philosophy, originally introduced with Android 12 in 2021. This design overhaul brings a fresh look to the user interface, making it more visually appealing and modern. Users will immediately spot the difference in the newly redesigned Quick Settings view, featuring larger rectangular buttons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings. This change improves both the visibility and usability of these important controls compared to the previous small circle icons.

In addition to the revamped Quick Settings, the update also introduces a new notification panel located at the bottom right of the screen. This panel provides easier access to incoming messages, emails, and alerts from various apps, streamlining the way users stay connected and informed.

For those who rely on their Chromebooks for productivity and scheduling, the calendar app receives an upgrade with an enhanced “Up Next” view. This improvement makes it easier to join video calls and manage your agenda seamlessly.

Privacy-conscious users will appreciate the new privacy indicators in ChromeOS 117. These indicators discreetly inform you when the camera and microphone are in use, providing essential information about your device’s status in the bottom right of the screen. This feature enhances user awareness and control over their privacy settings.

Finding the specifications of your Chromebook or ChromeOS device is now simpler than ever. The update introduces a convenient search function in the Launcher that allows users to easily access information about their device’s CPU, RAM, and other hardware details. This eliminates the need for convoluted steps or third-party apps to access this crucial information.

Another exciting addition to ChromeOS is the adaptive charging feature, designed to prolong the battery’s health. This feature maintains the battery charge at 80% and uses machine learning to predict when the user is likely to unplug the device. By doing so, it ensures that the battery reaches 100% just before it’s needed. Users can access this feature in the settings menu under “Device” and “Power.”

Lastly, Google is addressing accessibility concerns with the introduction of new accent colors. These colors are specifically designed to enhance the user experience for individuals with color vision deficiencies. Accessible via the ChromeOS accessibility settings under “Display and Magnification,” these new accent colors make navigation easier and more inclusive.

ChromeOS 117 represents a significant step forward for Chromebook users in South Africa. With its fresh design, improved functionality, enhanced privacy features, and accessibility improvements, this update is set to make Chromebooks even more appealing and user-friendly. Users are encouraged to explore these exciting new features in the stable version of ChromeOS 117, ensuring they get the most out of their Chromebook experience.

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