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See What’s New In the Latest Chrome OS Dev Update

The Dev Channel of Chrome OS has been updated this evening with a bunch of minor changes.

Moveable Chrome Icon

The Launcher item for Google Chrome can now be repositioned anywhere on the app shelf. Prior to this update it was locked to the far left-hand side.

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Website Arrows Gone

With the arrival and promotion of packaged apps, Chrome devs initially sought to add distinction between the older ‘shortcut’ style web apps and these newer, near-native offerings on Chromebooks.

Their solution was to add a small ‘arrow emblem’ to app launchers. The result was pretty… unpretty.

As we mentioned last month, the decision was taken to remove these emblems from the app tray on Chrome OS (but not on Windows or Mac OS X). I’m happy to see that, with this update, they have been removed.

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Left: After update; Right: App Launchers before

New Notification Centre Features

The new Message Center sees a little bit of love in this release bump. A new ‘pause’ feature for silencing notification toasts for a day, and new icons for ‘Notification Settings’ and ‘Clear All’ feature.

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The Notification Settings window also now uses the new Chrome Dialog UI in place of traditional window border.

Search Results

The top hit from the Chrome Web Store is now shown in the App launcher when searching, and results for apps already installed can now be right-clicked.

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Wallpaper Sync

Use one of the default Chrome OS wallpapers? The latest dev updates now syncs this choice to your account. Admittedly this won’t be overly useful unless you use Chrome OS on more than one device, but it’s still neat to see.

Out Now

Chrome OS Dev Channel is bumped up to 29.0.1520.2, platform version: 4191.0.0 and is available for all Chrome OS devices, including the Samsung Chromebook (which sometimes lags behind).

In addition to the features changes listed above there are the usual smattering of bug and security fixes; an updated version of Flash; and the Google Talk plugin has been bumped up a dot, too.

As always with features added to the dev channel it’s entirely possible that what you see above will change before it filters down to the Beta and Stable channels.

  • Bryan

    Cool – but still waiting for native Gmail notifications to work in OS.

  • Kenny Strawn

    You’re forgetting the chrome.syncFileSystem.DirectoryEntry API (accessible through a chrome://flag) that allows the Code Editor to function…

  • Jamie White

    It makes me excited for the future of Chrome OS to see some of the Android HIG leaking into this.
    I don’t know what went wrong in my life for me to find the new notification centre so sexy, but man, those shades of grey and those little icons really pump my nads.

  • Lou G

    I’m still waiting to get 27 on my arm based chromebook and then I see these features and I wonder “when!?”

  • fanman

    how do you remove the message center icon from the OS X menu bar? thanks.

  • James Harvey

    I accidentally installed the message center with regular chrome instead of canary. Does it matter? Do notifications only work in the beta channel and canary? I have tried everything that I can think of to get it to work but nothing has been successful so far.

  • http://aidan.info.tm/ Aidan Cheddar

    “Moveable Chrome Icon” You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this feature.