Google has started releasing Chrome OS 76 on the stable distribution channel, which means it will be delivered to all compatible Chromebooks on the market. The biggest changes are in the presence of new controls for media playback and that Flash is now blocked by default.
Chrome version 76 arrives late for Chrome OS, as it was released for computers in late July this year. On Chromebooks the changes are due to better controls for playing videos and music that are in browser tabs or in Android apps. They are in the notifications and are identical to those that appear on smartphones and tablets with Google’s mobile operating system.
Speaking of Android, in Chrome OS, login to websites and apps is simplified for accounts associated with Google. Another novelty is within accessibility and allows an automatic click to be made when the mouse pointer is stopped in a certain place for some time. The feature can be used by the touchpad, a mouse connected to the USB port or via Bluetooth, in addition to joysticks and head trackers.
The update is in the distribution phase and will take a few days (even weeks) to arrive on all Chromebooks. It is sent automatically and works the same as it appears in the Chrome browser: when it is already downloaded, just restart the Chromebook for the update to be applied. I, for example, have a first generation Chromebook Plus that is still on Chrome OS 75.