Monday, April 4, 2011

Chrome OS Beta Channel Update

The Chrome OS Beta channel has been updated to R11 release 0.11.257.44 including the new Chrome 11 Beta, new trackpad and several stability and functional improvements over the previous release. This release contains the following fixes:
  • We are now running Flash Player on a new platform known as Pepper/PPAPI by default, which we hope will improve stability and performance. It is also running inside a full sandbox which further protects users from malware and security exploits.
  • An NPAPI version of Flash Player is still included, but not used by default. If you experience significant problems or incompatibilities with the (default) PPAPI version, you can switch to the NPAPI version using chrome://plugins.
  • Several WiFi bug fixes are in
  • Enabled GSM support for 3G via commands in crosh
  • AutoUpdate now supports Proxy AutoConfiguration (PAC) files and automatic proxy detection
  • New window switcher UI

You can find full list of fixes that are in Chrome OS R11 in the chromium-os bug tracker . If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our help site or filing a bug.

Orit Mazor
Google Chrome

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12 Comments:

Blogger Shawn Mannen said...

Does this mean the Cr-48 has GSM hardware and can now be connected to T-Mobile or AT&T instead of Verizon? Or, does this mean Chrome OS now works on devices with GSM hardware (not the Cr-48)?

2:28 PM, April 04, 2011  
Blogger Garmon Estes said...

New Window Switcher UI? Is that the square button top right?

3:12 PM, April 04, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that square button IS, in fact, te new window switcher UI. All it does is toggle another window if you have more than one window open. It does the same thing as the "next window" button on the keyboard, the one to the lext of the "reduce brightness" button.

3:24 PM, April 04, 2011  
Blogger Lanel said...

Mention tap-to-click is disabled by default.

3:39 PM, April 04, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new "Pepper" addition to flash player didn't help at all. I was getting ridiculously slow framerates on Flash games, so I disabled it and it worked again beautifully.

4:26 PM, April 04, 2011  
Blogger Garmon Estes said...

After doing a little research, I found you can open new windows by pressing ctrl + n , then you can either use the keyboard button to switch between windows or the top right button on the screen.

6:19 PM, April 04, 2011  
Blogger werdlum said...

Two issues:

1) The new Pepper platform for the Flash Player does not enable the webcam when using apps such as YouTube MyWebcam or imo (Skype).

2) It appears the trackpad is working (or not working) as it did prior to the fix update they pushed a month ago.

7:39 PM, April 04, 2011  
Blogger Just said...

Any more detail about GSM support update? I am living in Hong Kong and the previous hard-coded APN setting in the source code doesn't include my carrier. The feature still need to be enabled in developer mode? Any UI related to the feature updated too?

1:20 AM, April 05, 2011  
Blogger I.M.1 said...

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5:19 PM, April 05, 2011  
Blogger Allie said...

I'm having problems updating. It keeps crashing when I restart. Any thoughts?

5:56 PM, April 05, 2011  
Blogger I.M.1 said...

really dislike this update, mostly because the webcam can't be seen by websites like Facebook, and the tap-to-click has been disabled (had to go back into settings to re-enable it.) Also, the software button for the switching windows is superfluous, because the hardware button does it faster. :(

6:48 PM, April 05, 2011  
Blogger Austin said...

I'm having some serious Wi-Fi problems. It's now taking over 2 minutes to load an average webpage. Normally it's instantaneous. What happened?

8:11 AM, April 09, 2011  

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