Last month, Google confirmed some of the things that were coming with the new Chrome OS 61 when it released Chrome 61 on Android and desktop.
In the Android version of the popular web browser, the search giant enabled a bunch of new APIs for developers as well as moved the address bar to the bottom of the screen. The update also presented to us a revamped Google Translate bar and apparently, these visual updates are not just coming to Chrome 61, but also to Chrome OS 61, which has just started rolling out to users.
On first sight, you will notice that the new Chrome OS 61 has a new-look login/lock screen. Where the gone design had a single card in the middle of the display screen with a user profile picture just above the password text box, the new version takes after macOS, where the entire wallpaper is blurred and the profile picture is now round.
The search giant has also made some tweaks to the app launcher. If you have been following, you must have known that this new app launcher has been testing for a while now, but it’s now available in the stable version of the OS. The old layout had a card in the middle of the screen with a Google doodle at the upper end and recent apps right below. When you click on the All Apps button, you would see all installed apps. Well, this is no more as the new launcher slides up from the bottom of the screen while showing the search bar and recent apps.
At the moment, the launcher has a partially transparent black background, but the company says that it’s working on a blurred background like the one that appears on the login screen. When you tap or swipe the up arrow, the rest of your installed apps will show up and when you open the launcher in tablet mode, it will automatically expand.
Other changes that the new Chrome OS 61 brings to the fold include a new profile picture picker, enhanced power management settings as well as better window management when using tablet mode. According to Chrome Unboxed, at least 20 models of the Chromebook have not yet received the update to Chrome OS, but we are hopeful that this will change in the coming days.