Following the September launch of the material theme update for tablets and other touchscreen devices, and the introduction of a completely redesigned launcher, Google now brings us a Chrome OS 71 version update. This update is designed to improve the Android experience on Chromebook devices, so Google equates this integration to “Better Together”. After upgrading to Chrome OS 71, you'll see a message in the notification about “How devices work better together”.
Click on the alert or go to the new "Connected devices" section to see a prompt in the “Settings" item, including understanding and confirming the Google Account used on your laptop/smartphone.
The features available are different depending on the model of your phone or Chromebook. For example, on Pixel phones, Better Together is integrated with the existing “Instant Tethering” to allow Android and Chrome OS devices to share Internet connections.
“Smart Unlock; (Smart Unlock) also supports pairing with mobile phones. If your phone is within a certain distance from your Chromebook, you can unlock it.
In addition, all devices will benefit from the web application-based QR code pairing process. A browser support document states that the mobile terminal must have at least the Android 5.1 Lollipop (and above) version of the operating system.
Better Together helps bring together existing features that were previously scattered across different menu settings, and Google will introduce more features over time.
In addition, this update brings improvements to the Pixel Slate. Google pointed out that Chrome OS tablets are deeply compatible with Android 9 Pie.
In the update log, Google also introduced the native integration of the Google Assistant Assistant (the Pixel Slate launch) and will soon expand to more devices.
In addition, the Pixel Slate is also updated to support the fingerprint authentication mode, and the UI of the camera application is finally easy to use vertically.
At the same time, it can now be closed by right clicking on the icon of the terminal appvirtual machine. The newly introduced "Close Linux (Beta)" option will be able to be faster than rebooting the device. Shared support for folders will enable Linux applications to read/write files.
With Chrome 71, tablets that support fingerprint or PIN entry will be able to set this authentication method during the first boot experience.
After refreshing the camera UI, move the shutter/virtual key from the bottom of the screen to the right side of the screen. Other changes include auto-completion before opening a new screen when searching in the launcher, without the need to display all apps in a web format.
There is also an adaptive UI in Chrome based on user scrolling, as well as screen usage event limits for Family Link, Android app management, and more.
Finally, Google will also crack down on unnecessary redirects as it poses a security risk and a bad user experience. In addition, Chrome 71 is now able to block persistent offensive website ads (with warnings).
Chrome OS is now officially released and will be pushed to all Chromebook devices in the coming weeks.