ChromeOS will get higher multitasking and Wi-Fi site visitors prioritization

The newest model of ChromeOS (M124) is out with a couple of nice upgrades, together with quicker cut up display setup and a brand new net site visitors prioritization characteristic. The replace brings different updates with it as effectively, like a settings UI refresh and up to date gesture controls.

Judging from screenshots published by 9to5Google, the brand new “Quicker Break up Display screen Setup” characteristic might be acquainted to Home windows customers. After you snap an app to 1 facet of the display, previews of different apps pop up on the opposite facet — choose one, and it pins there for you. Earlier than this replace, you needed to navigate to the opposite app and repeat the side-by-side pinning course of, so this could take away slightly of that friction.

Organising cut up display in ChromeOS M124.
Picture: 9to5Google

9to5Google writes that choices for this characteristic might be discovered underneath Settings > System preferences > Home windows and desks.

Google has additionally added Wi-Fi High quality of Service (QoS) to ChromeOS. The concept, very similar to the QoS characteristic of routers, is that your Chromebook will prioritize issues like video calls and on-line video games when your Wi-Fi community is congested. If it really works effectively, that would imply higher-quality video calls, much less buffering whereas streaming, and smoother on-line gaming.

Within the class of “issues no person requested for,” ChromeOS now supports carrier locking — so wi-fi firms can promote you a Chromebook you can solely use with their service. In principle, if you repay the laptop computer or the contract ends, your service will unlock it, which I’m positive will all the time go off with out a hitch.

Lastly, this replace brings a redesigned ChromeOS settings app that’s slathered in Google’s Materials You design and structured extra like smartphone settings menus, according to Chrome Unboxed. The outlet studies that there’s additionally a brand new 2-finger trackpad gesture for swiping away notifications and that ChromeOS now helps turning on the power to digitally pan, tilt, and zoom even on Chromebook webcams that don’t help Tremendous-Res Zoom.

Like most of its updates, Google doesn’t roll out ChromeOS variations unexpectedly, however says model M124 will hit suitable Chromebooks “over the approaching days.” To verify for the replace, both search for the “Replace accessible” notification or go to Settings > About ChromeOS > Examine for updates.