Chrome Launcher 2.0 : Inch Closer to Android Platform
The Internet giant Google gave the signals to launch the latest version of Chrome OS with embedded ‘Google Now’ platform.
On last Thursday, Google announced that upcoming Chrome Launcher 2.0 has ‘Google Now’ to enhance search feature on Android phones. As Google’s Executive Francois Beaufort said: Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook.
The latest Chrome Launcher 2.0 is coming this week, but still it is uncertain that when it would become available for a wider consumption.
Sync Enhances Android Experience
The upcoming Chrome version is said to be more traditional in appearance, and it comes up with own search bar. It is integrated with ‘Google Now’ to show the appointment, general reminder, flight information, and so forth. This version can be synchronized with one or two mobile devices to enhance user experience in Android phones.
Reports suggest that the new update will automatically remove the pop-up menu, which is used to hold the apps installed by the users on their Chromebooks.
The Impact of Material Design
At this juncture, Google is about to introduce ‘Material Design’ only for the File icon of Chrome 2.0. In Android platform, as Google has implemented material design, the latest Chrome version will also look like other Android features. In other words, change in design takes a new version of Chrome 2.0 a bit closer to the other Android features in terms of appearance.
How to Access
Users can switch to the latest Chrome 2.0 version through following procedure:
Settings > About Chrome OS > More Info > Change channel
Word of Caution:
Applying link mentioned above, users can switch to the latest version. But switching back to the ‘present’ version will require resetting a smartphone. Users should take this point into consideration prior to switching channels.
To my mind, it’s better to wait until Chrome 2.0 comes in a “stable” form to avoid any technical hurdle.
That’s it. Let’s wait for the latest Chrome 2.0 Beta version and welcome it as it is significantly going to improve seraching experience.