Chrome OS and Chrome browser stable channels also updated to version 32 with lots of new features

Chrome OS metro mode

Chrome for Android isn’t the only version of Chrome that’s getting some awesome new updates: The Chrome browser and Chrome OS stable channels have also been updated to version 32 (with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel – that has been delayed for just a little while). Some awesome new features include new indicators to let users know when certain tabs are playing sounds, using the webcam, or being cast to a Chromecast device, along with a Chrome OS-style desktop for Windows 8 Metro mode.

Here’s Google’s official summary of the changes to the desktop browser:

  • Tab indicators for sound, webcam and casting
  • Tab indicators for sound, webcam and casting
  • A different look for Win8 Metro mode
  • Automatically blocking malware files
  • A number of new apps/extension APIs
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Chrome OS users on the stable channel can expect these enhancements, along with:

  • When pressing the overview mode button (F5), you will see an organized view of their windows.
  • Pro-tip: Also works with three finger gesture
  • Sync/Auth failures notifications on Chrome OS are now a part of the notifications system.
  • Get Help app has been updated to include a “Discover” section.
  • The new auto-click feature, which will generate a click after the mouse pointer is moved, is now available via Accessibility settings.
  • You can now use supervised users to help family members who may need some guidance browsing the web. Once you create a supervised user, you can visit chrome.com/manage to review the supervised user’s browsing activity and determine site restrictions.
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.