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List of Essential Services

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Service name Chrome browser ChromeOS Description
Accessibility—Image Annotation Image Annotation allows visually-impaired users to read text in images.
Accessibility—Speech-to-Text Speech-to-Text converts speech into text.
Accessibility—Text-to-Speech Text-to-Speech converts text into natural-sounding speech.
Application Platform Metrics   Application Platform Metrics measures ChromeOS app usage, and is tied to a pseudonymous identifier.
Autofill (excluding payment information)   Autofill helps users fill out forms automatically with saved info, like your addresses. When you enter info in a new form online, Chrome might ask you if you’d like Chrome to save it.
Calculator   The Calculator app provides users with simple calculation functions on ChromeOS devices.
Camera app   A built-in camera app to provide high-quality camera experiences across the ChromeOS ecosystem.
Canvas app   A built-in drawing app for Chromebooks that syncs drawings to a user’s Google Account, so that they can be accessed from different devices.
Cast Moderator Google cast moderator is a casting solution built specifically for Chrome users in the classroom. As an admin, you can set up a cast moderator for your school to allow teachers and students to share their screen wirelessly to a central display, using a secure access code.
Chrome Sync   Chrome Sync saves a user’s bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings to their Google Account, so that they can easily log in to other devices without needing to recalibrate the browser from scratch.
Chrome Update  

Update Service

Chrome Update ensures that the latest version of Chrome is distributed, with the latest security updates and protections.

Chrome Variations  

Update Service

Chrome Variations is the framework used to roll out or roll back individual Chrome features, and to ensure they’re working as intended.

Chromebook Recovery Utility   Chromebook Recovery Utility is a Chrome extension that lets users burn a recovery image onto a recovery device (e.g. USB drive, SD card) with which they can recover a ChromeOS device in recovery mode.
Crash Reports Crash Reports are used by Google to identify and prioritize fixes for Chrome.
Cursive app  

A built-in notebook app for Chromebooks that syncs notes to a user’s Google Account, so that they can be accessed from different devices.

Enrollment/Device Verification   Enterprise Enrollment is a process that marks a device as belonging to a particular organization, thereby enabling the setting of device policies by IT admins in the Google Admin console.
Files app   A built-in file app for Chromebooks to provide an entry point for other apps, such as gallery, audio player, and the video players.
Google Drive Syncing   Google Drive Syncing is the process of downloading files from the cloud and uploading files to the cloud from a device’s hard drive. After syncing, the files on a device match those in the cloud, to allow easy and convenient storage, access, and editing.
Kiosk Mode   Kiosk Mode is a session that runs a single Chrome/Android app, after IT admins enroll a ChromeOS device into an organization and turn on Kiosk Mode.
Location Services   Location Services on Chromebook estimates a user’s geolocation. This is then used for tasks such as setting timezones, providing websites in the correct language, and alerting users to possible unauthorized log-ins.
Managed Guest Sessions   With managed guest sessions, multiple users can share the same ChromeOS devices without having to sign in to their Google Account. Instead, they can sign in using a managed guest session.
Password Leak Detection   Password leak detection provides users with alerts when use of a potentially compromised password is detected.
Password Manager   Password Manager supports users by saving and updating credentials, filling credentials into forms, and generating random and unique credentials.
Permission Suggestions   Chrome Permissions Suggestions Service (CPSS) is a Chrome browser service that simplifies safe decision making for permission requests.
Phone-as-a-Security-Key   Phone-as-a-Security-Key (PaaSK) is a form of second factor for Corp Authentication. With PaaSK, Google can turn any compatible iOS and Android device into a Security Key, to help protect your account.
Policy Management   Policy Management allows IT admins to set policies for their enrolled managed devices, or for their managed end user Google Accounts (Chrome profiles).
Quick Answers - Translation   Quick Answers - Translation allows users to translate content into their selected language, without needing to navigate elsewhere.
Safe Browsing   Safe Browsing helps protect against known phishing, social engineering, malware, unwanted software, malicious ads, intrusive ads, and abusive websites or extensions.
Safe Sites   Safe Sites uses the Safe Search API to inspect URLs for explicit content and prevent access by unauthorized users.
Screencast   Screencast allows users to create and view screencasts. They can then upload them to Google Drive.
Spell Check (Basic)   Spell check helps users to review and correct spelling errors when they enter text into input fields on the web. Basic spellcheck uses a dictionary stored locally on the device, text is not sent to Google.
Spell Check (Enhanced) Enhanced Spell Check is used in Google Search and sends the text users enter into text boxes on webpages in their browser, to Google, for improved spelling suggestions.
Time Services  

Time Services on Chromebook relies upon Location Services to estimate your timezone.

Translate   Allows the translation of web pages from one language to another.
User Metrics User Metrics sends usage statistics to Google, to ensure features and services are improved and working as intended.
User & Device Reporting   User & Device Reporting allows IT admins to view insights about the ChromeOS devices in their organization, such as Chrome devices count by version and the Chrome release channel of their devices.

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