Google Assistant comes to more Chromebooks with Chrome OS 77
When people think about simple laptops that can do the job, most people think about Chromebooks. After all, Chrome OS is a very simple, lightweight desktop OS that is mostly geared towards a user’s web experience over anything else. This has slowly been changing during the course of the past few years, with features such as support for Android apps, as well as the Google Play Store, being introduced to Chromebooks wide and large. The latest addition is something that has been available to some Chrome OS users: Google Assistant.
Google Assistant support was first introduced to Chrome OS with the original Pixelbook back in 2017, but it hasn’t really rolled out to any other non-Google Chromebook devices as of yet, remaining mostly exclusive to the Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate. Now, with Chrome OS 77, the Google Assistant is making its way to more Chromebooks, bringing with it all of its capabilities. For a while, you’ve been able to enable Google Assistant on supported Chromebooks by going into the Chrome flags menu and manually enabling the Google Assistant flag, but it will now be enabled by default on all Chromebooks receiving the update, as we previously reported.
With Google Assistant, you’ll be able to easily check on your schedule, set reminders, play music, open documents, and much more. You can quickly launch it by pressing the Search key + A. It has become one of the main parts of Google’s ecosystem, and with full Chrome OS support, it will now become much more capable. Chrome OS 77 doesn’t bring a lot more than that, aside from probably a few minor bug fixes, so if you were curious about trying out Google Assistant on your Chromebook but didn’t feel like messing around with system flags or beta features, then be sure to go ahead and download this update, which is now rolling out to supported Chromebooks.