We discovered a few weeks earlier that Google was working on a web app for Chrome OS release notes that would be tailored to your Chromebook specific. This easy web app (installable on Chrome OS) is now introduced by Google under the name “What’s New.”
In the recent variant of Chrome OS Canary, the folks at Chrome Story have discovered that Google has included a new notice to be displayed after getting an update. Clicking on the notification will take you to a new web app called “What’s New.”
Despite being first found on Chrome OS Canary, presently version 78, the website provides information for fresh characteristics that come with Chrome OS 77, including extensive Google Assistant assistance, and Virtual Desks.
This alone would suggest the launch with Chrome OS 77 of “What’s New,” but we also discovered further confirmation. The flag that regulates whether to display the “What’s New” notification is set to enable by default in branch number 3865, which is presently based on Chrome OS 77.
Under the hood, Chrome OS provides your Chromebook app data, such as which model you’re using, which update channel you’re on (Stable, Beta, Dev, or Canary), and which update you’re just installed on. This will be used in the future to tailor your specific Chromebook to the “What’s New” page. For instance, new features of Linux applications should not be seen by Chromebooks that do not support Linux applications.
“What’s New” is also a progressive web app, which means that for simple access it can be installed in the app shelf. In Google’s usual four-color system, this shows a star-shaped icon.
While “What’s New” provides dramatically more insight into what’s actually changing between Chrome OS updates than Google had earlier provided, for now it seems to cover only the main points. Stay tuned for more in-depth release notes, courtesy of our Abner Li, to keep up with everything new in each release of Chrome OS.