Google has been updating Chrome OS over the past year to interact better with touch displays. It has been a slow process, but it seems the major breakthrough we’ve been waiting for has arrived. A new update to Chrome OS shows off a redesigned desktop that is tailor-made for touch interaction.
Engadget was the first to report on the Canary update that was spotted by YouTube user François Beaufort. The new Chrome OS desktop design features a sleek interface with a dark theme. The main usage of the browser is the search bar flanking the bottom of the display that if pulled up, will conjure up an app drawer.
Google’s decision to put the search bar front and center is focused on still making it mouse and keyboard accessible, but if used through touch, the OS will still be an fluid experience. From the video, we can see a very intuitive desktop that won’t require any previous knowledge to find your way around.
Overall, the new Chrome OS version is a big step forward for the operating system. It will go a long way in integrating with touch Chromebooks, making them much more useful.
The new update is now live on Google’s Canary channel as a pre-beta. But be warned before you try the redesign, it’s still very buggy.