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Introducing Chrome OS 89 to The Stable Channel
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Hello Chromebook Community,

We are excited to celebrate Chromebooks 10th birthday for the 89th release of Chrome OS! For this very special birthday release we have tons of new features launching which we've highlighted in this post! Make sure to check out more 10th Birthday festivities at Chromebook.com

You should soon see an update on your device for Chrome OS 89! Here’s a list of new features and changes you’ll notice when you update to this new version of Chrome

Move between devices with ease 
You now have a built-in control center that brings key capabilities from your Android phone to your Chromebook. Now you can see your Android phone's messages, notifications, battery level, access your hotspot, locate your phone all from your Chromebook!  Phone Hub also shows the Chrome browser tabs you last opened on your Android phone, so you can pick up right where you left off. 

Turn on Phone hub by going to Settings > Connected devices. Once Phone hub is turned on you'll be able to adjust the settings from the new icon that will appear on your shelf next to the Quick settings menu.

Wi-Fi Sync works with more devices
We've extended Wi-Fi Sync to work with more devices, making it easier and faster to get online. Your Chromebook can now automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks you’ve used on your Android phone and other Chrome OS devices when signed in with the same Google Account — no need to enter in the credentials again.

Copy and paste multiple items at a time with the new Clipboard feature
Your Chromebook saves the last five items copied so you can easily paste any or all to a new page without needing to switch between windows. Just press your Launcher Key (or) + V to use your Clipboard.

Screen capture just got better
The new Screen capture tool in your Quick Settings menu lets you take precise screenshots and screen recordings. To use Screen capture, take a screenshot using the screenshot shortcut (Ctrl + Show Windows ), or the new 'Screen capture' button in the Quick Settings menu.  Once you take a screenshot, a menu will appear at the bottom of your screen which allows you to easily adjust your screenshot, as well as begin a screen recording. 

Access screenshots, downloads and pinned files with the click of a button
Quickly access your recent screenshots, downloads and pin important files with one click. The new Tote icon will be visible on your shelf, next to quick settings.

QR Code scanning now available in the Camera app
You can now scan QR codes with the Chrome OS Camera app. To access, open the Camera app > Click the QR code icon on the right-hand side > Point camera at QR code > Click or copy the link that appears in the Camera screen

Easily manage your media
Your media controls are also now built directly into the Quick Settings menu, so you’ll always know where to go to play, pause or skip to the next song that you’re playing from the web or an Android app. You can pin this media player directly to your Shelf for immediate access. 

More options to share files images and links
You can now share files, images and links between apps in fewer steps. When you click “share” on a supported app or website, you’ll see a list of apps you can share content with directly. For example, you'll be able to share an image from your Files app to the Microsoft Word app, with just a few clicks.

Enhancing Desks
We've added new features and UI enhancements to Desks. Now you can have up to 8 different desks and you can easily reorder desks with the new drag and drop functionality. You'll also be able to assign a window to a specific desk or all desks, by right clicking on any open window.

You'll also be able to use the Alt+Tab shortcut to view windows from just the current desk or all desks.

Just right-click to find Quick Answers
Now you can right-click on a word or phrase to get more information, like definitions, translations and unit conversions. 

New controls available with Select-to-speak
Select-to-speak, which enables you to hear text read out-loud, has new controls that let you speed up, slow down and pause the reading voice in real-time, and easily navigate to different sections of text. 

Switch Access updates
Switch Access settings now allows you to use any key or external switch and makes setting up your switches easier by replacing the drop down menu with just pressing the switch you want to use.

Setup Family Link accounts while setting up your new Chromebook
We’ve streamlined Chromebook setup for parents and guardians to highlight two important tools. Now when parents set up a new Chromebook using their child’s personal Google Account (managed with Family Link), they can immediately add a school account. Their child can then use school apps like Google Classroom while Family Link controls on their device still apply, so parents can supervise while they do homework. They can also assist their child in creating a PIN during setup, so signing in to their Chromebook is easier. 

Icon refresh
The icons for your Chromebook’s built-in apps have a fresh new look, making it easier for you to find essential apps made for Chrome OS like Canvas and Explore.


As always, please share any feedback you have by using the instructions here, and if you encounter any bugs or issues, please feel free to create a new thread on this forum!

Friendly Reminder: This update and the features associated with it, will be progressively rolling out over the coming days. Your device may not immediately be eligible for this update.

Best,
Rebecca on behalf of the Chrome OS team
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