Chrome OS 29 Stable Version Released, Brings Latest Linux Kernel 3.8 And More

Google has released a new stable version of its cloud-centric Chrome OS. The updated version 29.0.1547.57 is being rolled out to every Chrome OS powered notebook and nettop except for the Lenovo Thinkpad X131e (reasons unknown as of yet). As with every major stable release, Chrome OS 29 brings a bevy of security updates, bug fixes and new features as well as enhancement to existing ones. Perhaps one of the most exciting changes is the update to the latest Linux Kernel 3.8 which should bring improved system performance across the board.

Here's the important bits from the official changelog:

  • Kernel 3.8 landed on Pixel and Samsung 550.
  • New "immersive" mode - hit the fullscreen button to hide the toolbar and shelf and until you hover at the top for a more immersive browsing experience.
  • Pin apps to the shelf using Drag and Drop from the Launcher
  • Default wallpaper selection will sync across all your devices
  • Monitor Scaling allows you to scale the UI. Especially useful on Pixel to get some more space
  • Two-finger history navigation
  • App launcher Search just got cleverer
    • It will dynamically learn what you search for
    • Apps are more prominent
    • It will search for you in the web store if you don't have an app installed

Sadly, this stable release also comes with a bug, listed under 'known bugs':

  • The link to redeem your Chrome Goodies in the Files app is temporarily broken and will be fixed with the next release. In the meantime, please go here directly.

The new update should be rolling out to your Chrome OS powered device as you read this, except for Thinkpad X131e owners of course.