Chrome OS 87 adds tab search, Bluetooth battery levels, and more

Chrome OS 87 adds tab search, Bluetooth battery levels, and more

A few weeks ago, Google released Chrome 87, which included performance improvements and other new features. The company is now rolling out some of the same features to Chrome OS.

There are three main components to the Chrome OS 87 update (via 9to5Google): tab search, Bluetooth battery level in settings and quick settings, and new wallpaper options.

With tab search, users can quickly search their open tabs across open browser windows. If you’re someone who regularly has dozens of tabs open at once, finding what you’re looking for is now much easier. Simply click the drop-down menu button in the top right corner of your browser and begin searching.

Chrome OS 87

Bluetooth battery levels in Chrome OS settings. Source: Chrome Enterprise release notes

The Bluetooth battery level in settings and quick settings are pretty self-explanatory. Once you connect Bluetooth headphones to your Chromebook, you can see the remaining battery level by opening the Quick Settings or Settings menu. Chrome OS 87 will also display your headphones’ battery level at the bottom right-hand side of your screen when they’re connected.

Finally, Google said it added 36 new wallpapers in Chrome OS 87. Google recently highlighted the design capabilities of Chromebooks, commissioning artists to create the new wallpapers using Chrome OS. If you do wind up using a Chromebook for content creation, Google said it’s offering perks that include access to premium apps for free.

Chrome OS 87 also includes other new features:

  • Saving to Google Drive has been updated with the ability to rename the file and selecting what folder to store it in
  • Chrome OS devices now support switch accessibility devices
  • Google has updated language settings to be easier for multilingual users to navigate
  • The Alt+Tab window switcher now supports mouse, touch screen, and stylus input
  • Version 87 makes visual improvements when renaming Virtual Desks and Launcher folders

Google said systems will be receiving updates over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

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