ChromeOS 103 has several new features for a better cross-device experience

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At the last Google I/O developer conference, Google announced that it has prepared many new features for ChromeOS that will make working on all devices easier. Starting with ChromeOS 103, which will be rolling out soon, these awesome new additions will make their way to your Chromebook!

Recent photos from the phone hub

We’ve been covering the new Phone Hub for a very long time, and recently the ability to take a photo on your Android phone and view it on your Chromebook’s shelf tray for quick and easy access to sharing and management has hit our radar. Traditionally, you have to open Google Photos after saving your image and then share it from the web app. Recent photos will appear on your laptop even if you are not connected to Wifi as it works via Bluetooth.

Share Nearby

Another thing we had a lot of fun playing with in the pre-release that you’ll finally get to play with is Nearby Sharing! Once enabled on your phone and Chromebook, you’ll be able to quickly share stuff across devices with virtually no friction. It’s similar to Apple’s Airdrop, and it’s about time Google had a competitive tool for it. With ChromeOS 103, you’ll also be able to share your Wi-Fi network and password with friends or family via Nearby Share. Just visit your network settings on the phone, hit the share button, and boom, no more typing passwords or using stickers. Remarks.

Quick pairing

Google has big plans to let users stream their audio from one device to another – even going so far as to add streaming to a Chromebook from any other device, for example. Above all, however, it brings Fast Pair to ChromeOS Stable without the need for a developer flag.

Simply open your Pixel Buds case and see the pop-up appear at the bottom right of your Chromebook shelf as shown below. Then click “Connect”, and you’ll be listening to your audio with little to no effort on your laptop.

Whether you want to use new headphones to watch a video, join a virtual meeting or listen to music, Fast Pair will make your life easier. This feature will be compatible with hundreds of different helmet models – and counting.

The key word

Screenshot

Finally, the new Screencast app we discovered before it was announced is now coming to your device so you can save, trim, and share transcribed videos after they’ve been automatically uploaded to Google Drive! You can even draw or write on the screen while you record, to better explain concepts to your peers. If you want to create instructional videos, software demos, presentations, or any other form of video tutorial, Screencast is the way to go.

Google says later this year it will add more “Better Together” features to make using your suite of hardware devices in unison easier than ever. I’m personally very happy to see the ability to stream audio to my Chromebook become available, and I’ve complained about the lack of this feature in the past. Let me know when and if you receive update 103, and which feature is your favorite!

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