Last August, Google introduced it Share close, its adoption and Apple’s AirDrop protocol. At the time, you could only use the feature on certain Android devices, but Google promised to bring it to Chromebooks eventually. Now, almost a year later, the company has started to spread Close to Nearby Chrome OS.
Like the Android version of the feature, Share Share in Chrome OS can send files via Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer WiFi, allowing you to use the protocol even when you don’t have an Internet connection. You’re also not limited to sending files only between Chrome OS devices. In the “Connected devices” menu on the Settings menu, you can change who can see your Chromebook when you’re near them.
With Chrome OS 91, Google is adding two more new features. Take a page from Android, Applications on the launcher grid will now display a circular badge to tell them when they have an active notification. Fortunately, they don’t show a number, and you can turn them off by visiting the Notifications section of the Quick Settings menu.
Meanwhile, in the File app, you’ll find a new toggle that allows you to save Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for offline access. Once you use the feature, you will see a check mark icon next to a file that you can view and edit when you are not connected to the Internet. The company says it will begin rolling out the available offline toggle by the end of the month. Last but not least, there is a new set of “Imaginary” wallpapers created by the artist Leo Natsume for you to use to customize Chrome OS. I’m on the whimsical side and it’s worth checking it out.
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