Chrome OS 68 brings Material Design update, PIN sign-in and more

The new quick settings look great

With Chrome 68 out and the 69 beta already available, we’re right on time for the next Chrome OS update.

Chrome OS 68 is rolling out now with a number of new features, including support for PIN sign-ins, camera improvements and a new Material Design UI.

While camera improvements are always welcome, these are more of a holdover until Google Camera comes to Chrome OS. Material Design, however, is very interesting.


Corbin Davenport, a writer for Android Police, tweeted out a snapshot of the new quick settings menu. The Material Design look is pretty sharp.

Furthermore, Davenport tweeted that the Chromebox he’s reviewing supports Linux apps. Supporting Linux apps is certainly a leap forward for Chrome OS. However, support for booting into Windows would be nice too.

For a full list of changes, check below.

Chrome OS 68 Changelog

  • 802.11r Fast BSS Transition Support
  • Ability to use Select to Speak with touch/stylus only
  • Admin policy to enable/disable client-side native printing
  • Enabling/disabling ChromeVox through the side volume keys (tablets/convertibles)
  • High resolution image support in camera app
  • Introduction of Display Size settings
  • Material 2.0 dialogs and secondary UI on ChromeOS
  • Overview visual refresh and motion spec improvements
  • PIN sign-in support
  • Select-to-Speak ability to select specific text to be read aloud by highlighting the text, then pressing Search + s. This works in addition to the original behavior of pressing Search and clicking an item or dragging a box around content to be read aloud.
  • Support Child account as first sign-in
  • Two new shortcuts to toggle the magnifiers on/off

Source: Chrome Releases Via: Android Police