Chrome OS 75 introduces USB support for Android devices in Linux

Google has once again released a major update for Chrome OS, bringing the version number up to 75. Compared to some of the previous releases, the changelog for this one isn't quite as extensive, but there are still some nice enhancements to speak of.

One of the big highlights of this release is that Linux on Chrome OS can now recognize Android devices connected over USB. This is particularly useful, for example, if you want to use Linux for debugging. Additionally, as noted by 9to5Google, support for VPN connections is also included. Here's the full list of new features provided by Google:

  • Feature to let parents grant more time to their kids on Chrome OS devices
  • Enabling kid friendly Assistant for child accounts
  • Linux (Beta) can now access Android devices over USB
  • Files app support for 3rd party file provider apps implementing Android DocumentsProvider APIs
  • Add support for PIN code with native printers for managed devices

As usual, Google has snuck in some improvements not mentioned in the official changelog. The OS now displays service workers in the task manager, and there's a new page to manage your security keys in the settings. Speaking of security, Chrome OS 75 also includes some mitigations for Microarchitectural Data Sampling.

The latest version of Chrome OS is rolling out to most Chrome OS devices starting today, and the update should make its way to everyone in the coming days.

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