[Update: Rollout Continues] Google has paused the Chrome OS 86 stable rollout
Google started rolling out Chrome OS 86 on the stable channel earlier this month, featuring flags for menu icons, back-forward cache, security improvements, and more. Shortly after the initial rollout began, Google introduced new accessibility features for the visually impaired in Chrome OS 86. But while the update is yet to make its way to a vast majority of Chromebooks, Google has reportedly pulled the update due to unknown reasons.
As per a recent Chrome Unboxed report, the Chrome OS 86 stable rollout has been halted abruptly and Google has released no information regarding this decision. The Chrome OS Releases blog doesn’t shed any light on the matter, but the Chrome OS release matrix website now lists Chrome OS 85 as the most recent stable channel version for a majority of supported devices.
It’s worth noting that Google recently discovered a vulnerability in Chrome’s memory system in version 86. However, the company promptly released a patch to address the security bug. This leads us to believe that the vulnerability isn’t the reason behind Google’s decision to pause the rollout. Chrome Unboxed speculates that the update has been paused as users have reported facing a number of issues, ranging from Family link login errors to Play Store app crashes, following the update.
As of now, it isn’t clear when Google will resume Chrome 86 rollout for the remaining devices or if the company will jump straight to the Chrome 87 release. In case you’ve already updated to Chrome OS 86 and are facing issues on your device, you can roll back to version 85 by using the Powerwash and Revert feature.
Update 1: Chrome OS 86 Rollout Continues
According to a Google representative speaking to ChromeUnboxed, the Chrome OS 86 stable update should roll out to all supported Chromebooks by the end of this week. The stable release was scheduled to roll out starting on October 13th, but some users have yet to see the update reach their machine. Many users monitoring Chrome OS update checking websites believed this was because the update was actually halted, but it turns out that that’s not the case. These websites, according to ChromeUnboxed, have a bug that causes them to display Chrome OS versions in an inconsistent and incorrect way.
In any case, it’s good to know that the update hasn’t actually been halted for unforeseen security vulnerabilities or bugs. You no longer have to hold your breath when you see an update reach your machine — go ahead and pull the plug.