In light of the recent pandemic, Google has been busy developing new state-of-the-art features for their beloved series of Chrome OS laptops. This is mostly to accommodate how the world has shifted to remote learning on such short notice, and schools and colleges are made to host online classes.
The tech-giant has proclaimed in its official blog that a built-in screen recorder will make its way to Chrome OS through an update in March, which is next month. Google has emphasized that recording lessons have become “downright critical for virtual learning,” and that is why the manufacturer is hard at work to bring tools and features that enhance the learning environment experience of Chromebooks.
By the looks of it, this tool is bound to come in especially handy. Its operation seems simple and easy, requiring just a couple of clicks to get started. When you start recording, a countdown will begin, and a red circle will make itself visible in the right corner of your Chromebook shelf just beside the “Status Tray.”
Moreover, in the same blog post, Google has made it easier for schools that buy Chromebooks in bulk to pick the right ones through this resource. This is a step-by-step questionnaire that asks you your particular needs and gives you the best possible options according to your budget.
In addition, Google is also working on a feature that will allow parents with Family Link controls to manage their child’s school account. This will make it possible to set guidelines, restrictions, and routines for using the device and all its applications.
The American tycoon also plans on releasing 40 new Chromebooks and each of them will “deliver exceptional Google Meet and Zoom experiences — right out of the box.” Furthermore, Google has said that most of them will comprise dual-cameras so students can create videos, make podcasts, and do everything their creativity allows them to.
One more upgrade that is scheduled to come to Chrome OS is a reinvigorated ChromeVox, which is Chromebook’s very own feature-rich screen reader. It will now sport better tutorials, allow you to sift through ChromeVox search menus, and automatic voice changing if the text that is being read is in a different language.
Other minor updates include revitalizing Google Meet for audio, video, and reliability improvements so the application works optimally for each of its users out there. In fact, Google has been very attentive to Meet ever since remote learning became a thing in the pandemic. 100 participants were made available to join in Meet, and this was so this app could battle it out with its competitors when it really came down to it.
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