ChromeOS 104 rolling out and introducing new features

It’s a model new month, and a new ChromeOS launch awaits. Yesterday, Google formally introduced the discharge of ChromeOS model 104, which ought to be usually obtainable to eligible gadgets by now. The adjustments obtainable with this launch have been principally coated final week in a publish primarily based on an announcement made by Google on The Keyword — and we even included them in a video! However, now that the replace is right here, we needed to return and evaluation the features that made it.

Light and Dark Mode (FINALLY!)

We have extensively coated the “Personalization Hub” on this web site because it first popped up in Canary. We have additionally coated darkish mode on Chromebooks and the truth that it has been hidden behind a flag for what looks like an eternity. ChromeOS 104 adjustments that with Light and Dark mode lastly making their debut within the Stable channel with no flag needed.

Light/Dark mode is now a part of “Personalization” and may be manually set to both one or “auto,” so it adjustments at sundown and dawn. One distinction I seen between this implementation of the darkish mode is that there isn’t a longer an possibility for impartial shade mode. Instead, by default, it’s going to use the themed shade mode, which makes use of colours extracted out of your wallpaper. However, the choice to decide on a shade mode was obtainable when “darkish mode” was solely a flag, as seen within the screenshot under.

Dark theme in the past included themed and neutral color mode
Dark theme prior to now included themed and impartial shade mode

Google Photos and Themed Wallpapers

The Personalization part additionally contains a wallpaper picker with brand-new wallpaper choices. One of which is the choice to select out of your Google Photos galleryso now you can use your favourite household photograph as your wallpaper with out having to obtain it first.

In addition, a number of the different wallpaper galleries, equivalent to Radiance and Element, embrace wallpapers that can tackle a lightweight or darkish theme to match what you could have chosen in your gadget. My favourite up to now is the Radiance assortment, as seen under.

Screensaver

Wrapping up the personalization features is the flexibility to set a screensaver as a slide present from any of your Google Photos albums, just like the way it at the moment works on the Nest Hub. Additionally, you possibly can select that very same album in one of many new “Feel the breeze” or “Float on by” photograph frameswhich can show your loved ones photographs in a enjoyable animation.

ChromeOS 104 Screensaver

Other notable additions

Google can also be cleansing up the Calendar integration by exhibiting a pop-up calendar everytime you faucet on the date on the Chromebook shelf. This pop-up calendar is a stay calendar. The dots on the dates the place you have added occasions present you extra details about that occasion whenever you faucet on them.

ChromeOS 104 calendar widget

Last however not least, the Gallery app, now ChromeOS’s default media app, can now open PDFs. Also, whenever you open a PDF, you possibly can swap to annotation mode, fill out types, spotlight textual content, and even signal paperwork.

ChromeOS 104 PDF in Gallery app

I’m very enthusiastic about these new ChromeOS 104 features, particularly since everybody can now use darkish mode. I’m additionally a fan of the new wallpapers and the Google Photos integration sprinkled all through the Personalization Hub. I’m additionally excited for the subsequent launch, which can deliver enhancements to Virtual Desks.

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