Google has issued an operating system Chrome OS 55 based on the Linux kernel, system Manager, upstart, Assembly tools ebuild/portage, and open components web browser Chrome 55. The user environment is limited to the Chrome OS web-browser, and instead of the standard programs involved web-apps, however, Chrome OS includes a full multi-window interface, desktop and taskbar.
Build Chrome OS 55 is available for all current models of the Chromebook, with the exception of 1100-1199 HP Chromebook 11, HP Chromebook 11 G1, Samsung Chromebook 2 11 and HP Chromebook 14. Enthusiasts formed an informal builds for plain x86, x86_64 and ARM. The source code is distributed under the free Apache 2.0 license.
The main changes in Chrome OS 55:
- In photo Manager, added feature to resize images. In the app you can now change the width and height of the image, set the aspect ratio and, if necessary, to cancel your changes. You can edit like a locally uploaded image, and image stored in Google Drive. If the selected scale of the image does not fit on the screen, provided the output vertical and horizontal scroll bars;
- In the display panel menu control keyboard layout added buttons to enable voice input, handwriting and launch GUI add emoji;
- In music player has added support re-play one melody in a loop. Double clicking repeat now toggles between the modes: stop playback after reaching the end of the list, resume playback in the same order after I lose all the songs and replay of the same composition;
- In file Manager mode added quick view of the size of the current directory – now it is enough to select the desired directory and press the spacebar or use the context menu;
- The unit keyboard settings implemented the ability to override the Backspace and Escape keys, to bind the actions of the Search, Ctrl, Alt, Disabled, Caps Lock, Escape, and Backspace;
- Redesigned icons in the system tray (the icons are now color);
- Added Ctrl+Alt+H to quickly activate the mode of maximum contrast;
- Added possibility to quickly open a settings dialog, the keyboard layout and system input via pressing Alt+Shift+K, if earlier chrome://settings/languages were selected flag “Show input options in the shelf”;
- The tools for creating Internet kiosks (limit of one interface is a standalone application) implemented API for setting the frequency of distribution of information messages (ads) via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy);
- Added support for SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) to IWA (Integrated Windows Authentication);
- Expanded white list of the Chrome API calls are available for use in applications and extensions that are applied in the configuration of the browser for public facilities.