Earlier this week, Google announced an update for the Chrome OS beta channel, which is just starting to get some notice in the the tech Blogosphere (thanks to Android Police) for one feature in particular.
One of the highlights Google mentions in the blog post is MTP support in the Files app, which will let users plug in their Android phones, and get files from them.
As Android Police notes, “It’s not a huge step forward, but the ability to plug in your Android phone and transfer files to and from it is still something worth being happy about, as it shows ChromeOS’ maturity and Google’s push to make it more consumer-friendly.”
In fact, it’s little things like this that are often the knocks against Google’s operating system. Chrome OS by its very (cloud-based) nature removes a lot of the functionality of traditional desktop operating systems, but with that trade off, offers a much faster and frankly less annoying experience. Chromebooks aren’t bogged down by needless applications consuming valuable resources. That also contributes to longer battery life.
Google is, however, adding more and more functionalities to Chrome OS as time goes on, and this is a good example of how Chromebooks are becoming more and more useful as time goes on.
21 million Chromebooks were shipped last year.
Also in the latest beta update is a set of features to enhance touch screen accessibility as well as some security updates and bug fixes.
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