Chrome OS now allows direct saves to Google Drive

Google is still trying to convince people to try out its Chrome PC operating system. Earlier this year, the company revealed a major new update to the Chrome OS, along with a new Chromebook-based notebook and the Chromebox small form factor desktop, both from Samsung. However, it looks like there's been little interest in consumers for these kinds of products.

Today, in a post on the official Chrome OS blog, Google announced some new updates for the operating system. One of the big additions is allowing Chrome OS users to save files directly to a Google Drive account. The files can then be checked out on any Google Drive supported hardware product, including iOS and Android devices.

Yet another change concerns how the Chrome OS handles its apps. The blog states:

Notably, we made the apps list much more compact, so you can access your apps without interrupting your browsing experience. We also added a search box at the top of the apps list, which you can use like an omnibox to search the web, specific websites, or the apps on your computer.

Other additions include being able to add some custom wallpaper to your Chrome OS product, as shown above. There's also new audio support for USB and HDMI devices and some more sandbox security features.

Even with this software update, it remains to be seen if Chrome OS will finally be able to come out of the shadow of the Windows and Mac operating systems or if it will continue to be a highly niche PC OS.

Source: Chrome OS blog | Image via Google

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My father bought a Samsung Chromebook for my step-mother and she loves it. She had a netbook before but she has the ability to break a computer just by looking at it and Windows never stood a chance poor little thing.

So far 3 months using the Chromebook and no problems at all. She loves that it works like her iPhone (my father's old 3GS) in that it is just an internet consumption device. She didn't like the iPad but loves them Chromebook!

For me I couldn't stand a Chromebook but for my step-mum it is great.

I've always liked the idea of Chrome OS, but now that Windows 8 is here and with Microsoft betting so hard on the cloud, I think Chrome OS has lost it's edge (at least with regards to the cloud-based stuff anyway).

So... an ultra-thin client for a super low end net book...

I think I'd rather just use a smart phone, a tablet, or a $250 laptop from Microcenter.

No thanks. Maybe a good idea for third world education.

I must have been on the dev build on my CR-48 and not realized it. This has been on there for a month at least.

still1 said,
if you buy chrome OS you will get 100Gb google drive just an fyi.

So I guess two people in the world have a 100 GB Google Drive then?

andrewbares said,

So I guess two people in the world have a 100 GB Google Drive then?

I know they're not mainstream but a Chrome book did enjoy a brief time on Amazon's top ten a while ago

MASTER260 said,

What if we download Chromium OS instead?

dont know. Maybe not. its pnly for people buying chromebook i believe

Can I rename the Google Drive to something cool like "Trash or Recycle Bin" ? That would really mess with users trying to check out the OS

Oh man, they just added the ability to apply a custom wallpaper! Microsoft had better watch their backs!

Anyways, that mini-start menu thing looks a-lot better than the Metro tiles in Windows 8.

a1ien said,
Oh man, they just added the ability to apply a custom wallpaper! Microsoft had better watch their backs!

Anyways, that mini-start menu thing looks a-lot better than the Metro tiles in Windows 8.


It looks just like the Launchpad in Mac OS X. Usability is crap in comparison.

siah1214 said,

It looks just like the Launchpad in Mac OS X. Usability is crap in comparison.

^This. One of the things I like about the new startscreen is the ability to group applications.

Vasya_Vodochkin said,

You can create iOS-like folders in Launchpad.

What I mean is they are grouped but you see them all at once. Foldered means it's basically just the same as the old start menu.

Some of the "apps" shown in that screenshot are really just bookmarks. I like Chrome (I'm posting this message on Chrome) but no way I'd pay to use what I'm already using for free.

And now that Windows 8 will allow users to change the OS's display language I don't see a need to get my dad a Chromebook and set it to Spanish.

As far as saving to the cloud, I gots me 25GB SkyDrive right from Windows 8.

A340600 said,
Some of the "apps" shown in that screenshot are really just bookmarks. I like Chrome (I'm posting this message on Chrome) but no way I'd pay to use what I'm already using for free.

And now that Windows 8 will allow users to change the OS's display language I don't see a need to get my dad a Chromebook and set it to Spanish.

As far as saving to the cloud, I gots me 25GB SkyDrive right from Windows 8.

This is a very sensible conclusion, unfortunately becoming something of a rarity in these parts.