Google has announced the arrival of Chrome 20 to the stable channel for Chrome OS, the company’s browser-based operating system for Chromebooks. Along with Google Drive integration, the update includes offline support for Google Docs and improvements to the sandboxed Pepper Flash variant. It also brings the intriguing Aura UI to the original Chrome OS laptop, the CR-48 (users of that device will likely be happy to learn that Chrome OS 20 swaps out the CR-48′s touchpad drivers for open-source versions, which will hopefully clear up some of the responsiveness problems that laptop had once been known for). The new release will be rolling out over the Chrome OS stable release channel over the next few days.
Some of the most significant changes are:
- Support for Google Drive — tighter Google Drive integration is a potentially exciting change for Chrome OS users
- Offline support of Google Docs
- Firmware update for Chromebook Series 5 550.
- Note: A screen with Chrome Logo and a critical update notification will show after update restarts. It will reboot by itself after firmware update completes.
- Updates to the sandboxed Pepper Flash module
- Aura UI for Cr-48 Chromebooks
- Switched to open source touchpad driver on Cr-48 systems
- Crash fixes