Google Chrome OS Gets New Stable Version for Chrome OS Devices
Meanwhile, the latest iteration of the beta Chrome Web browser moves to Version 32 and gets a myriad of interesting new features.Google has released the latest Stable Version 31 of its Chrome OS operating system while also launching a new beta Version 32 of its Chrome Web browser that includes a host of new features being developed for future Stable releases of Chrome. The new Stable edition of Chrome OS, which is officially known as Version 31.0.1650.61, was announced Nov. 21 by Ben Henry of the Google Chrome team in a post on the Chrome Releases Blog. The new version, which contains a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements, is for all Chrome OS devices except the Acer C7, the HP Chromebook 11 and the HP Pavilion Chromebook, wrote Henry. Some of the improvements include that users can position the Chrome OS Shelf where they prefer it to be seen, whether on the bottom, left or right sides of the screen, according to Henry. The launcher icon, app icons and status tray also received changes to make them more responsive to a finger touch on the screen, while the launcher icon was moved to a fixed position on the bottom left of the screen, he wrote. Meanwhile, the Chrome 32 beta Web browser release gets some interesting updates for developers to make future browser versions faster and more secure for users, according to a Nov. 21 post by Irvang Joshi, a Google software engineer, on the Chromium Blog. Most of the changes apply to desktop versions of Chrome and Chrome for Android, wrote Joshi.
Among the key changes are improvements to the animated WebP image format, such as true alpha channel (8-bit) capabilities as compared to a binary (1-bit) alpha in GIFs, according to Joshi. This change can help reduce the size of images on Web pages without losing image quality.