Just a week after Chrome 88 launched on desktop and mobile platforms, Google is rolling out Chrome OS 88 to the Stable channel, the first significant update for 2021. Like the former major milestone, the new software update improves Chrome OS with several new features and improvements to enhance the user experience. One of these features turns Chromebook’s display into a smart display.
The new feature included in Google Chrome 88 is called screen-saver and it lets users transform their Chromebook’s lock screen into a personalized smart display. Users can show off their favourite photo albums from Google Photos or pick from hundreds of art gallery images. They can use their lock screens to check information like the current weather and what music is playing. In addition to that, they will also be able to pause a track or skip songs without unlocking their devices.
To use this feature all users need to do is go to the Chrome OS Settings and select Personalization > Screen saver to turn it on now.
Virtual desks are a powerful productivity tool that allows you to organize multiple windows and desktops for better multitasking. In past versions, switching between workspaces felt clunky due to the stiff animations used during the transition. With Chrome OS 88, virtual desks are faster and more responsive, allowing you to quickly switch to a different workspace with trackpad gestures or keyboard shortcuts.
Apart from this, Google has also rolled out a feature that lets them sign in to websites with the PIN or fingerprint that they have set up to unlock their Chromebook with the company’s new Web Authentication (WebAuthn) feature. Google says that websites that support WebAuthn will let users use their Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID instead of the password that they have set for the website. And if they use 2-Step verification to sign-in, their Chromebook PIN or fingerprint ID can be used as the second factor, so that they no longer need to pull out their security key or phone to authenticate. This feature is already supported by Dropbox, GitHub, or Okta.