ChromeOS 120 update brings ‘Self Share’, Virtual Desk Button & more

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Google has rolled out the ChromeOS 120 update for compatible Chromebooks. The update has arrived with a slew of important features, which will offer enhanced multitasking and customizability. Essentially, the new ChromeOS version is bringing Nearby Share “Self Share”, a Virtual Desk Button, customizations for navigation, and more features.

The new handy features will provide Chromebook users with a more seamless experience. The update has arrived a little over a month after the rollout of the ChromeOS 119 firmware.

The new “Self Share” feature offers seamless file transfers between devices

One of the biggest highlights of the ChromeOS 120 update is the new Nearby Share “Self Share” feature. Thanks to this functionality, users can automatically transfer files between all of their devices logged into the same Google Account. Notably, the transfers will happen automatically without the need to accept the request, even when the Chromebook’s screen is off.

There are additional upgrades inside the “App details” section. Users can go to the “App details” page of apps and check whether it’s a Chrome, Android, or PWA app. Notably, the new section will now also show details like from where this app has been installed, apart from the storage used.

The ChromeOS 120 update adds a new Virtual Desk Button to the Chromebook’s Shelf

The ChromeOS 120 update has made it easier to switch between “Desks” to offer a more seamless productivity experience. The update adds a new Virtual Desk Button to the Chromebook’s Shelf, which shows to the left of the pinned app. Tapping the button shows the name of the current “Desks” group. This makes it easier to change between “Desks” by hitting the left or right arrows that show up upon hovering.

ChromeOS 120 Multi Tabs

Chromebook users can also get a miniature overview of all their groups with the new Virtual Desk Button. Apart from the miniature overview of groupings, there’s also an easier way to create new ones.

The latest update for Chromebooks also brings dedicated “Mouse” settings, which were previously grouped with the Touchpad settings. Using the dedicated settings tab, the users can customize the Cursor and Scrolling speed, apart from the scroll acceleration toggle. The Touchpad settings tab now allows customization of key combinations.

Furthermore, the ChromeOS 120 update allows resizing picture-in-picture (PiP) windows using touchscreen pinching. As expected, the latest Chromebook firmware is being released in a phased manner. So it could take a few days or a couple of weeks to reach all the compatible devices.

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