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Reverted: The new-look app launcher has been disabled in the latest dev update

It’s been a few weeks since Google last issued updates for Chrome OS making today’s new beta and dev channel releases all the more welcome.

The updates, rolling out to all Chrome devices as of today, bumps those on the developer stream to version 41.0.2268.2 and those running beta builds to version 40.0.2214.72.

On offer are the latest round of performance and stability fixes, some small feature enhancements and, going forward, foundations set for future features.

Developer Channel Changes

As the most ‘experimental’ of the streams it’s surprising to see the ‘new look’ App Launcher has been turned off in the dev channel. Chromium developers say the feature, which went live to testers late last year, ‘needs more polish’.

If you like the centred carded design — and a great many of you say you do — you can get it back by hitting ‘enable’ on the experimental app launcher flag in chrome://flags.

On the subject of experiments, the developer channel gains two new options: one is a switch to test a new Polymer-based Material Design PDF viewer, and another a flag to enable experimental Wi-Fi credential syncing between Chrome OS devices.

If you spot anything else new or improved share it in the comments.

Chrome OS should prompt you of the new releases automatically over the coming day or so, but you can manually force a check by going through the Settings > About Chrome OS page.

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