Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stable Channel Update for Chromebooks

The Google Chrome team is happy to announce the arrival of Chrome 19 to the Stable Channel for ChromeOS.  More detailed updates are available on the Google Blog.  

The Stable channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.52 (Platform version: 2046.107.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550, and Samsung Chromebox Series 3).  Machines will be receiving updates to this version over the next several days.

This build contains a number of new features, as well as security & stability improvements.

Some highlights of these changes are:

  • Entirely redesigned UI and updated Window Manager (Learn more).
  • New modes for multiple monitor handling: mirrored (highest common resolution only), show only on primary, show only on secondary (Switch with Ctrl + F5)
  • New open source trackpad stack
  • Updated Scratchpad app
  • New file types supported (Learn more)
  • Functional and visual refresh of the Chrome OS Settings
  • Recovery tool supports re-formatting recovery media (use a previous recovery image USB)
  • Introduced new Japanese fonts (Motoya G04 Gothic/Mincho).

If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our help site or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue’ under the wrench menu.

Orit Mazor
Google Chrome

9 comments:

Khalid said...

I'm sure you guys are working hard on this, but I'd really appreciate MKV support at some point in the future, as I have plenty of media on an external drive in that format.

This is the only thing stopping me from switching to a Chromebox as my primary device.

Tom said...

I know that you are going to get tons of this type of request - from all over the world - but please bring these to Canada.

Evan Rittenhouse said...

I thought you guys said the update was coming out today. I switched off the beta channel and used a recovery device to bring my Acer AC700 back to version 17, only to find that the update switched me up to version 18. Where's my Aura? :(

ct1003 said...

It would be nice to have these releases in the UK in a timely manner. Simultaneous updates of different language packs shouldn't be that hard. It took about 5 working days last time I was tracking an announced update on my Samsung.

DJ said...

Would be nice to have the update on the CR-48 too.

MatthewP said...

Will we get v19 on our cr-48s? Please!!???

Khalid said...

The Cr-48 isn't getting version 19 because of hardware limitations. I believe I read that version 20 will be better optimised for the Cr-48, so we'll just have to wait 6 weeks.
On the plus side, waiting for the next release means we'll also get Drive support built right in :)

Bill said...

Very impressive update; I think this is a real improvement, particularly for non-technical users. It's like getting a whole new Chromebook!

Unknown said...

I think you've just obsoleted by Acer with this new release. While Chrome 19 looks nice, my machine is now much more sluggish.