Google Chrome OS to get ‘Now’ update, Beta Channel available for users

Google is bringing an update to Chrome OS. The company announced on Thursday that they would be incorporating more Google Now features into their Chrome OS, to make their Chromebook PC’s more useful in a broad range of ways. This comes at a time when competition between Chromebook and other PC’s – particularly those running Windows operating systems – is at an all-time high. However, when the company launched the Chrome OS beta that included the update within Google Now, it was reported that it felt like a major shift from the traditional Chrome OS experience, to a Google Now emphasized operating system.

The big update is with the launcher within Chrome OS. The point is ultimately to bring a more informative and convenient experience to the user, and end the challenge of launching various tasks and apps. Google Now incorporation makes a lot more possible for Google’s overall operating system. Undoubtedly, a successful running of this update will pave the way for Chromebook sales to continue to grow.


For Google, that means tapping into additional markets – like the enterprise market that is currently dominated by Microsoft. Chromebooks have also gained a lot of popularity in the education space, where they are continuing to take market share away from Apple.

Francois Beaufort of Google said in a blog post of the beta update, “This new launcher is the best way to start new activities on Chrome OS, like performing a Google search or launching apps.” He went on to point out in the same blog post that, “Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook.”

How to Join: To get new features like Google Now, Chrome OS users can join the beta program by clicking on Settings > About Chrome OS > More Info > Change Channel.

The emphasis is speed. Google wants their Chrome OS to be as speed-focused as it could possibly be, given the fact that it is somewhat limited, according to some users who remain skeptical that the Internet-based operating system isn’t best for PC’s. The beta is expected to roll out this coming week, and will include Google Launcher 2.0. Some users should beware though that if they are not currently set on the Beta Channel, within their system – that they will have their Chromebook wiped clean, if they spontaneously change the channel to accommodate this beta update.