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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update Improves File Manager, Tweaks Notifications

Chrome OS Dev Channel users should be on the lookout for an update today – one that brings some much needed navigation features to the default file manager app.


File-Manager Tweaks Arrive in Chrome OS Dev

Subfolders have been added to the sidebar of Chrome OS file manager Files.

These work how you’d imagine; clicking on the left-hand arrow opens a drop-down showing folders contained within. Clicking on these jumps you straight into them.

Prior to this update ‘Downloads’, ‘Google Drive’, and any removable media connected, were shown as static entries.

The feature isn’t finished yet, though. Future updates will add ‘Shared with me’, ‘Recent’, and ‘Offline’ items to the Google Drive listing.

Other changes in this dev update:

    • Updated Flash player
    • Launcher menu improvements
    • Video play improvements – including ‘replay’ button, playing .mkv and /swf
    • Improved notifications


But it’s not all fixes. Some bugs also arrive in this update – as you should expect being on the Developer channel.

The Window Switching key – see image to the right –  breaks with this update; and the ability to enable/disable flags remains ineffective, despite being marked as fixed in this release.

All Chrome OS devices set to the Dev channel will auto-upgrade to this latest version – 27.0.1446.5 – when next connected to the internet. 

  • That will be really handy to have sub folder

  • I believe all(/most) local Chrome pages are broken in this release (plugins, settings, extensions etc) =/

    Nice to see the better Drive integration coming along though. Pretty sure I’ll be migrating to a Chromebook sooooonish.

  • I still wish for something to tell me how much free space I have on the local drive. Is this so much to ask?

    • That’s already available in the dev build. When you click the ‘cog’ icon the remaining space is displayed as text and as a bar

  • Nicholas Cheng

    Native Video Playback is still as laggy though. Hope they can provide a proper fix soon.

    – Samsung Chromebook 3

    • So it’s not just me then. Tried to find the Chrome bug report for it, but came up empty.

      • Nicholas Cheng

        Same here. It’s pretty frustrating when you know it’s fully capable of doing it.

  • I need to replace my chrome. OS’
    I have connected my tablet to chrome book USB what do I do from here I am confused.