At CES, the Chromebook team introduced a number of fresh Better Together integrations for 2022. With the release of Chrome OS 103 today, you will be able to view your camera roll in Phone Hub and use Nearby Share to retrieve your Android device’s Wi-Fi login information.
Users of Phone Hub can already view alerts from their mobile device, examine recent Chrome tabs, perform useful operations (activate hot spot, silent, and locate phone), and view battery and cellular signal information from a Chromebook.
As a row of four Recent photographs with screenshots, Chrome OS 103 brings your phone’s camera roll to the Phone Hub. The image is instantly downloaded to your Downloads folder where you can edit or post it later. It is offline-compatible, according to Google.
Even though Phone Hub is already enabled, it still needs to be manually set up (by allowing media access on your phone) in order to function. To enable, go to Settings andgt; Connected devices andgt; “your phone.”
The business also announced today that Fast Pair will make another CES announcement this summer.
Chromebooks’ Nearby Share can now receive Wi-Fi login information from Android. Open the network details tab on your phone, hit Share, and then tap Nearby to see Chrome OS devices in the area. Your Chromebook will automatically sign in after agreeing.
Google claims that the onboarding process has been streamlined and that sharing is now up to 10 times faster.
The newly designed Launcher now has the ability to locate and navigate to open tabs if enabled (chrome:/flags/#productivity-launcher) on your device that is not yet widely rolled out.
Last but not least, a new Screencast tool for teachers is available for Chrome OS. With the ability to highlight and draw on your screen while recording with your front-facing camera, it’s perfect for creating video tutorials. However, the standout feature is a transcription that is simple to search for and translate with a Google Drive upload for straightforward sharing.
Try it out by hitting the Everything Button and looking for the Screencast app this week as it will begin to roll out.
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