Google is struggling to make a dent in the smartphone marketplace with its Pixel line. The same can’t be said of the company’southward software, every bit Android has dominated the mobile ecosystem for years. Similarly, Google’s Chrome OS has given Apple’s macOS a run for its money. In fact, Google’s Chrome OS grew essentially throughout 2020, and eventually raced past Apple’s Os. Chromebooks are here to stay, and on Tuesday, Google rolled out Chrome OS 96 — a huge new update that adds several heady new features to the laptops. We’ll dive into everything Google added below.
Chromebooks become scanners with new update
First and foremost, your Chromebook now doubles as a scanner. In the blog post, Google points out that the photographic camera on your calculator can be used for so much more than just video calls. Going frontward, equally long as your Chromebook has a front or a rear camera, y’all tin use it to share physical documents and photographs. Y’all can plow them into PDF or JPEG files later scanning them.
If yous want to scan something, the first footstep is to open the Camera app on your Chromebook. Select Scan mode, which y’all’ll encounter at the bottom of the screen. When you lot concur the document you want to scan in front of the camera, it volition automatically detect the edges. Once it scans the document, you can easily share it through Gmail, on social media, or to nearby devices with Nearby Share.
Other new features for cameras on Chromebooks
If you spend all day in virtual meetings, chances are that yous have an external camera. The cameras on most Chromebooks are fine for the occasional video chat, just not always for work. Google knows this, which is why the latest update adds another new camera feature to Chromebooks.
Google added a Pan-Tilt-Zoom feature that will let you accept more than control over what your external camera sees. Yous tin can crop and angle the view of your camera to best conform your setup. Maybe you don’t want anyone to see the messy room to your right, or your sleeping dog. Y’all can use the characteristic to ensure that you are the focus of the shot, no thing where you’re sitting.
Here’southward how to use the Pan-Tilt-Zoom feature with an external photographic camera on a Chromebook:
With your external photographic camera plugged in and configured, open the Photographic camera app to adjust the angle you want to capture. Your selections will automatically salvage and so when yous jump from a Google Meet work call to making a video with your new puppy, your camera angle preferences volition stay the same.
Google also listed a bunch of other feature that it recommends Chromebook users try out:
- Video manner. If you want to ship a quick message to a loved one for their birthday, record a video by clicking on the “Video” mode.
- Cocky timer. You lot don’t demand to be within arm’s length of your laptop to take a picture. Ready the timer, and you can take a few steps back to get the perfect shot.
- QR Code. In addition to new certificate scanning, you can as well use the “Browse” option to scan QR codes. It works just like document scanning, so apply your forepart or back facing camera to scan a QR code.
- Save for later. All your pictures and videos will automatically save to the “Camera” folder in your Files app for easy admission later.
Additionally, Google announced that Chromebook users will exist able to create GIFs on the Camera app starting next yr. Record a five-second video of any your heart desires, and the Camera app will automatically plough it into a GIF. You tin can then share it far and broad.