Friday, April 20, 2012

Dev Channel Update for Chromebooks

The Dev channel has been updated to 20.0.1105.0 (Platform version: 2153.0.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48). This release contains functional, security and stability improvement.

Release highlights:
  • Updates to Chrome - see this blog post for details
  • Switched to open source touchpad driver on Cr-48 
  • Introduced redesigned UI to Cr-48
  • Introduced option for natural scrolling direction

Known issues:
  • Some regressions in particular touch use cases
  • 122868 - Some flickering seen when opening websites or new tabs. Workaround: Switch to another tab and and switch back to clear the blocky or flickering screen. In some cases, a machine restart may be required.
  • 29370 - Video playback sometimes does not work properly when multiple tabs are open. Audio continues but video may stop or stutter. Workaround: Close some tabs or restart machine to clear posible memory issues, and replay video.
If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our help site or filing a bug. Interested in switching to the Beta channel? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue’ under the wrench menu.

Danielle Drew & Karen Grunberg
Google Chrome

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Blogger Rachel said...

The new UI is really clean. Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

12:12 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Paito said...

Thank you for bringing this so quickly to the CR-48! You guys rock!

12:31 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Shaughn McKready said...

WOW this is the smoothest chromeos has ever worked for me. I am so happy its on the cr48 now :) The only issue i have is that i cant figure out how to see more of my apps on regular chrome i have 7 pages of apps, so with the new apps thing doesnt show them all. probably user error :P

12:58 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Mathias Schindler said...

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2:18 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Dennis said...

Thank you for bringing the updated UI to the Cr-48! IT's greatly appreciated!

3:12 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Thomas Quintana said...

Yeah I too am not able to upgrade at this moment with my Cr-48. Hmmmm.

Google Chrome
18.0.1025.151 beta

1660.112.0 (Official Build) beta-channel x-86-mario

3:55 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Joe Pas said...

Thank you so much Google! My only gripe is that I now have to hold "alt" when right-clicking... I miss two finger right click!

4:29 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger Mark said...

It's very "Android Tablet"ish. I think that's a good thing. Crosh runs in a tab now which I like.

Launcher pinned applications should have an option to work like they do for Chrome in Windows. Open in their own window without tabs.

When I pin the Web Store to the Launcher, it doesn't seem to have an icon.

When I double tap to drag and then lift my finger, often it doesn't "release" what I'm dragging.

I have seen the flickers and graphical issues someone else mentioned (maybe on reddit), but they don't seem major relative to this being the Dev channel.

+Joe Pas: my two finger click still works fine, but three finger (middle) click seems to be gone. The touchpad change in general will take some getting used to.

9:58 PM, April 20, 2012  
Blogger sluijs01 said...

The new UI is very nice! I'm not a fan of the open source touchpad driver they're using now though. Not nearly sensitive enough compared to the old chrome one. Gets me very frustrated trying to tap click. I've also been getting the black/white flickering. Otherwise very sharp nice update!

4:06 AM, April 21, 2012  
Blogger dmillerzx said...

Love the new UI, way to go Google! Thanks for the outstanding support, my CR-48 feels like a new machine.

6:47 AM, April 21, 2012  
Blogger Marc said...

Most unstable, unusable dev version to date. Extension dropdown are now a small box, making them useless. Flash crashes left & right and works one out of 20 or so loads on pages like

As noted videos don't play, but audio does. Disabling flash plugin either helps video to play or causes notice for updated flash version needed.

returning from full view mode takes you to desktop instead of browser window.

Most pages are cleared from memory as soon as another page is loaded. Thus switching between tabs is very time consuming as sites must be completely reloaded.

Would love the ability to switch between branches easily rather than having to wait for the next release. This is possible in chrome, why not chrome os?

9:01 AM, April 21, 2012  
Blogger Alex Stabler said...

Really need to make the app menu more customisable. I can't actually see all of my apps!

12:51 AM, April 22, 2012  
Blogger Kilimanjaro said...

Having issues with my trackpad as well. Double finger click not working, and not nearly as responsive as the other drivers were.

1:44 PM, April 22, 2012  
Blogger AerosmithNirvana said...

For the record, I am having every problem listed by others, thus far. No need in re-writing it all. Just adding another voice.

5:19 PM, April 22, 2012  
Blogger SikSlayer said...

I agree with Marc in that this is the most unstable, buggy release ever. But I also think that this is the best version, feature wise, yet. For a first Dev mode release, this is incredible. I look at ChromeOS on my Cr48 in a whole new light.

I can't wait for an update or two to improve upon the groundwork that has been laid down.

8:45 PM, April 22, 2012  
Blogger thony said...

Arf, bug bug bug.... :( !!!!
With last version of chrome and windows 8 CP.

When i navigate to website USING jquery or EXTJS somes function crash.


9:02 AM, April 23, 2012  
Blogger Andy said...

Can the Chrome OS support the broadcom crystal HD cards? It would really help give the CR-48 a little bump in performance.

3:11 PM, April 23, 2012  
Blogger timothy lancaster said...

The new update makes it so you tube videos don't work half the time. When i switch between tabs some tabs go black and blink rapidly. The message of one or more of your tabs is not responding keeps coming up constantly.I would have to agree with the rest this a very buggy dev update.

9:45 AM, April 26, 2012  
Blogger tokyotribe28 said...

Looks great but very buggy and I can't see all my apps because they fill up more than one page on the desktop.

Would be great to be able to revert to an older/beta/stable version if you're not happy with the dev update. My chromebook is now basically unusable until beta v18 catches up with dev v20. Ugh...

8:50 AM, May 03, 2012  
Blogger Dave A said...

What Marc said! I couldn't have said it better. Every issue he describes exists on my CR48 now. The machine is *almost* unusable. I'm going to have to figure out how to back down to the beta channel until these issues are fixed.

The extension bubbles and constant "aw, snaps" reloads are nbearable.

9:49 AM, May 04, 2012  
Blogger Dave A said...

Oh, how funny! I got an Aw, snap error when I tried to post the last comment. LOL

9:50 AM, May 04, 2012  

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