Chrome OS is getting a touch-friendly update

Chrome OS touch

Google’s Chrome OS has traditionally been installed on low-end laptops, but recently more and more devices running it sport touchscreens. Thus you’d expect the company developing the operating system to adapt its user interface to this new reality – and you’d be right about that, in fact.

It turns out that Google has started testing a touch-friendly iteration of the Chrome OS launcher. You only get access to this if you run the Canary version of Chrome OS, which is the most unstable and prone to bugs and crashes. Even if you’re on Canary, you need to enable the new UI through a flag, so clearly it’s very early days for this new design.

The touch-friendly launcher sits at the bottom of the screen, showing you just the search box and suggested apps. To get to everything else, you simply swipe up. You can also tap to use the voice search function if you so desire. This will open your request in a new Chrome window.


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