Monday, April 9, 2012

Dev Channel Update for Chromebooks

The Dev channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.17 (Platform versions: 2046.20.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5).

This build contains a number of new features, as well as security & stability improvements. Some highlights of these changes are:

  • New modes for multiple monitor handling: mirrored (highest common resolution only), show only on primary, show only on secondary (Switch with Ctrl + F5)
  • Updated Scratchpad app
  • New file types supported - tar, gz, bzip2
  • Updates to local audio and video player
  • 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). 
  • Redesigned UI and updated Window Manager
Known issues:
  • Issue 29012: Spoken feedback stops after increasing or reducing the machine volume
  • Issue 28932: [ZGB] Device does not respond to light sensor
  • Issue 28689: Offline help center is displayed when connected to Network
  • Issue 28564: [ZGB] Audio fails with HDMi-to-HDMi connection
  • Issue 27956: Suppress user/password dialog when re-enabling sync
  • Issue 27360: Media hangs on the machine
  • Issue 25619: Power button is unresponsive
  • Issue 23880: Sign in / Sync: Change of account password results in a sub-optimal experience depending on a number of factors
  • Issue 29050: Ethernet disappears when we configure static IP

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

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Blogger The MAZZTer said...

I know Cr-48 isn't getting this version, but does that mean 18 is the last version of the Cr-48 or is 20 planned for Cr-48?

And why? Were the minimum system requirements for Chrome OS upped past the Cr-48?

11:51 AM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger Mashew Cashew said...

Thanks for the update.

1:43 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger mxx said...

Google, are you killing off support for CR48?

1:47 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger Orit Mazor said...

@mxx - No, nothing like that. @The_MAZZTer No, we'll only be skipping the Chrome 19 update for CR-48 users due to platform considerations. To be clear, we’re still committed to supporting CR-48 devices and they will continue to receive security and critical updates as necessary. Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700 Chromebooks will receive this update and we’ll bring CR-48 devices back onto the release train after this release. Thanks for reaching out and sorry for the inconvenience!

3:59 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger mxx said...

Orit, just to clarify, what do you mean by "this release"? Just 19.0.1048.17 or all of Chrome 19?

4:14 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger David Carns said...

What a bummer - I just booted up my CR48 to test things out.....

7:02 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger Orit Mazor said...

@mxx, skipping for all of Chrome 19 for CR-48 users.

7:03 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger SmartKupon director said...

Why not for cr-48???

11:21 PM, April 09, 2012  
Blogger Peterson Silva said...

I'm still waiting for them to merge Android with Chrome OS...

5:24 AM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Dennis said...

Orit: Can you expound on the platform considerations that are causing you guys to exclude the CR-48? Is there some sort of hardware restriction that causes the CR-48 to be excluded? I'm sure you understand that for loyal beta testers who submitted countless bug reports to the project thus far this is quite a blow.

7:59 AM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Will said...

I would also like to chime in about the CR48 program. I was happily expecting to see a new update on mine after the announcement of this until I read the fine print.

Is there a hardware limitation that our CR48's simply can't overcome for ChromeOS 19, or is it a build question?

While I respect your decision, it seems odd to exclude the entire group of beta testers outside the garden of Google that signed up for the original app development and testing of the OS.

10:49 AM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Donald said...

is there any way to install this software on a non-chromebook, like as a dual boot option?

11:10 AM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Joe Pas said...

Well this is saddening. It's really a shame to see support getting killed off for your first and most loyal testers. I hope Google can figure out some kind of lightweight build for the Cr-48.

1:39 PM, April 10, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google has simply skipped cr-48 for build 19. They have said that they will continue supporting cr-48 in later builds, but simply not in this one.

2:37 PM, April 10, 2012  
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2:37 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Fractal said...

Could anyone tell me if this version of Chrome OS is still 32 bits or has been switched to 64 bits? The content of "uname" in "chrome://system" will be enough.

(I can't test on my computer because I have a custom system that may break badly if the kernel is now 64 bits, and I really need my custom system in the next few days)

Thanks !

3:11 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Andy said...

Aura is fantastic! It looks great, and I haven't seen any impact on performance. Thanks!!

3:50 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger tardisgram said...

Seriously? Can you expand on why the CR-48 will not get this update? When you say "platform considerations," what exactly do you mean? I would absolutely love to test this out on my CR-48 because it looks pretty exciting. However, if CR-48 testers aren't even going to get this update, then why bother even having this beta device anymore?

Further explanation would be wonderful at this point. Will we will get this Version 20? Or what?

5:24 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger dub said...

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9:47 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger dub said...

My Acer chromebook wouldn't update for about a month, but for whatever reason I was able to get the Aura update. It is definitely awesome, hopefully you CR-48ers get it asap.

9:50 PM, April 10, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to see CR-48 support added to this release. It will be good for us to try out and send feedback.

10:24 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger footstep said...

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8:25 AM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger footstep said...

Thank you for this release: The UI looks great and the chromebook runs faster and smoother than in the previous developement release.

uname=Linux localhost 3.2.7 #1 SMP Fri Apr 6 08:17:13 PDT 2012 x86_64 Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N570 @ 1.66GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

8:35 AM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Tommy Tech said...

Does this mean cr-48 will never get aura even when its updated to version 20?

2:35 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Fractal said...

@footstep: Thanks! (it's indeed 64-bit, so I'll wait a few days before breaking my system ^^)

3:56 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger joecook1987 said...

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6:24 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Kat and Justin said...

Can we please get a yes or no on the cr-48 getting aura?

With the way the answer was originally answered... it seems like it never will and the cr-48 will be getting minor security updates but nothing past what is currently on the device.

If so... that really sucks. I love this laptop and would hate to see google throw it aside already.

7:35 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Mark Larson said...

We plan to bring Aura to Cr48 with Chrome 20, perhaps with a more limited feature set.

The Cr48 device does not have the graphics horsepower to deliver the full Aura experience, and we decided it was more important to focus on a high-quality full experience for Samsung and Acer.

The alternatives would have been either delaying the Aura release for everyone or delivering something that doesn't work well and crashes a lot on Cr48.

For Chrome 20, I hope we can deliver Aura for Cr48. We'll try it in the dev channel soon and learn about how well it works.

We're not abandoning Cr48. We're trying to make something work for Chrome 20, but the Cr48 cannot support all of the beautiful Aura features. We'll start testing Chrome 20 on Cr48 with the next Dev channel update, which should come out within a week.

8:03 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Christopher said...

My Series 5 is still on version 15 of the beta channel. I am trying to switch over to the dev channel and have selected more info and have chosen it from the drop down but it continuously states that it is up to date

The development channel is where ideas get tested, but can be very unstable at times. Please proceed with caution.


1011.43 (Official Build) beta-channel x86-alex


Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

8:31 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Ilja Friedel said...

Christopher: Your series 5 should be on version 18+ by now. If you go to about:chrome and "Check for update" and can't get anything newer please file an issue at

8:42 PM, April 11, 2012  
Blogger Kat and Justin said...

Im glad to hear the cr48 will see at least a test of aura. I love this laptop. I know it doesn't have all the bells and whistles.. but its a great machine for what it needs to do.

Thanks for clarifying. I look forward to seeing how well this little guy can keep up.

Keep up the good work.

3:46 PM, April 12, 2012  
Blogger zachjen said...

All i want is the "Other Devices" feature. Will at least that feature make it to the Beta or Stable version?

8:28 PM, April 18, 2012  
Blogger harrelsonz said...

Im starting to have more and more sites crash. It may be unrelated but I want to try switching back to 18. Is there any problem in reverting.

9:54 AM, April 23, 2012  
Blogger dub said...

I am having the same problem... all of a sudden this release is crashing every ten minutes or so.

10:45 AM, April 23, 2012  

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