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Not Received The Latest Chrome OS Update? You’re Not Alone…

Latest Stable Channel Release Goes MIA

Google's new Hangouts app in 'Panel' mode

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It’s been over a week since the most recent update to the Chrome OS Stable channel was pushed out by Google – but have you received it?

Chances are you haven’t.

The update, which brought a number of improvements with it including tab-scrubbing and improved support for bluetooth accessories, was announced by Google last week. Chrome OS updates on all channels are usually pretty fast to arrive.

But one week on, the majority of Chrome OS users haven’t been updated.


So what’s going on? Although not officially confirmed, it seems that Google pulled the release shortly after announcing it. There are a number of reasons which can cause this this, most related to a bug or regression not noticed before hand.

Backing this up are the version numbers for the current stable build of Chrome OS listed by Chrome developers.

They list the ‘current’ stable build of Chrome OS as version. 26.0.1410.57, and the ‘stable’ version prior to that as the missing update: 27.0.1453.94.

You can see which version you have installed on your Chromebook by opening the settings page and clicking on ‘Help’.

As disappointing as it is to be told something is out, only for it not to arrive, it’s better than Google nipped a potentially unstable build in the bud.

  • Interesting. When I first heard about the new release I “forced” an update by switching from the Stable to the Beta channel and then back again. Doing the same thing today has sent me onto v28 beta!

    I’m not tempted to use Beta or Dev channels because I’m using the Chromebook as my primary computer for a lot of the time now, so I can’t really afford to be working around bugs and unstable features. I have to say, though, that v27 did feel a bit like a beta release – there were a few noticeable bugs and the new Hangouts launcher isn’t as polished and well-integrated as I would have expected.

    • Gustavo Rubio

      So how does v28 feels so far?

      • Only had it since yesterday afternoon so far, but there’s a few obvious visual changes. The “new tab” screen in Chrome browser features a prominent Google search box (complete with Google doodle) and “apps” that are actually shortcuts to webpages all have the shortcut icon overlaid in the Apps launcher menu (something I think they took *out* of v27 because it looked too ugly… which it does!).

        • Gustavo Rubio

          Hehe I did exactly the same as you some days ago (forced the update) and I realized today that I’ve got the chromebook upgraded to v28…

          And yeah, if you swipe left with two finger you go back, if you swipe with two finder rightwise then you go forward, of course you’d have to have both a back page and a forward page on that tab.

          There’s also a three finger gesture that does the same but instead on tabs: leftwise moves to the tab to the left and rightwise… well you get it.

          I’m on a samsung chromebook so I don’t know which devices supports these gestures… some others changes I see: the file manager… but I must say I somehow liked the look of the earlier version.

  • Andrew Mezzi

    I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been getting it. This clears a lot up.

  • jonathing

    I’m on v28beta and it has to be the worst I’ve had in a while. Whenever I scroll the web page moves to the right slightly to expose either a grey panel or a previous page behind it. I experimented with this by sliding the page all the way to the right in the hope it would be some sort of ‘back’ gesture but all that does is crash Chrome entirely.

  • otherplans

    Ah, that explains that. I got my Chromebook last Saturday. It updated, of course, upon first start up and the version is 26.0.1410.57, not the 27 that’s been in the news. Thank you for the info. I was wondering.

  • Stephen Vanderwarker

    Haven’t turned my CR-48 on long enough to even check for it. She has served me well but I think it’s time for an upgrade. I need to get the Samsung one :P

    • Contact me if you’d like to sell your CR-48

      • Stephen Vanderwarker

        Just a warning the screen is broken :/

  • KatsumeBlisk

    I got the update a couple days ago. I don’t know if it has been released again or what. I’m using the Samsung Chromebook.

  • Brandon Watkins

    I had the same problem, I just switched my Chromebook over to the beta channel. Although I have had a few crashes, only when I go to use the three finger swipe, or the two finger swipe. So tab switching and back and forward. When it does work through, it’s so awesome feeling! I love my Chromebook!

  • James Fowler Jr.

    Hi just got the update on the stable channel!!!

  • Raymond Coolidge III

    If you’re not getting the update, the “refresh the help page until it updates” trick actually works. At least it did for me. I’m on a Chromebook Pixel

    • Amado

      Tried this on my samsung chromebook and it worked. Updated great. just refreshed like 10x

  • otherplans

    Refreshing didn’t work for me, but shutting down and restarting did.

  • odemata

    Still no update for me. Tried refreshing as well restarting….whats the hold up

  • Jason Byrnes

    Mine didn’t show up until about a week ago. I got it now though :)

  • John Scott

    I forced mine to update, but frankly I have had more issues since updating. Chrome browser now has plugin issues and for some reason some text freezes on some web pages and when I scroll the text does not scroll in sync. Very strange? I like my Chromebook from Samsung. But I have to say the whole thing seems a bit “beta” at times in function.

  • Will chromebook update in developer mode?