Chrome 57 Gets Stable Release For Chromebooks Bringing Action For Power Button On Convertibles


Since last week, Google has been rolling out the full-fledged version 57 of Chrome for desktops and Android. In the latest addition, the stable version of Chrome 57 is now available for Chrome OS devices that are new Chromebooks. No, it does not bring Play Store on board, but we expect it to debut with Chrome 58.

There are many convertible Chromebooks on offer and to make the existing design more suitable, Google has finally decided to take advantage of the power button on convertibles. The button will now behave like normal power button with conventional sleep switch that is found on regular tablets and smartphones. Earlier, this button on Chromebook would only lock the screen or bring the login screen. Now, the same button will put the device in sleep mode with its display turned off.

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Google recently introduced the education-centric Chromebook in association with HP. It comes with a “world-facing camera.” that also works adequately on tablet mode. The camera has also received an overhaul, and it now has an on-screen button that lets users switch between rear camera and front-facing camera. Also, there are other changes too, which includes newer default wallpaper and boot animation. Users can now lock/unlock their devices by PIN number; earlier it required passwords.

The new stable version of Chrome 57 squashes many bugs and brings security updates that include:

  • Enable silent authentication
  • Updated default wallpaper
  • Updated boot animation
  • Media files from Android Applications available in Files Application
  • PIN unlock is available on all Chromebooks
  • Chrome Camera App Front/Rear Flip UI
  • Image copy/paste feature for Citrix Receiver on Chrome OS
  • Power button now turns off display on devices that support tablet-mode

Notably, the stable release 57.0.2987.123 (Platform version: 9202.56.1) has been rolled out for all the Chromebooks except for a few. The ones that are not getting the stable version are - AOpen Chromebase Mini, AOpen Chromebox Mini, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), ASUS Chromebook Flip C302, ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA, Samsung Chromebook Plus, Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5 - 312T).

Except for the Chromebooks that are mentioned above, others shall soon receive the update. Do you have a Chromebook? If yes, then let us know if your unit gets the update. Share your views in the comment section below.