Google has updated its Chrome OS to give users of its browser-powered laptops an operating system with a more familiar feel along with some stability and security improvements.
The Chrome 19 update, which is available for Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks – but not Cr-48 ones – provides users with a dock bar, housing the Chrome browser, search and apps, giving the operating system a Windows-like appearance.
“We'll only be skipping the Chrome 19 update for CR-48 users due to platform considerations,” wrote Orit Mazor, at Google's Chrome team on a company blog announcing the update.
However, the decision to exclude the Cr-48 builds has annoyed plenty of those in the Chromebook community.
One user, Joe Pas responded: “Well this is saddening. It's really a shame to see support getting killed off for your first and most loyal testers."
Google did not elaborate on why the Cr-48 Chromebooks could not be included in the latest update, but promised those users they would be included in future updates to the OS.
“We’ll bring CR-48 devices back onto the release train after this release. Sorry for the inconvenience,” added Mazor.
The release also includes an updated version of Google's Scratchpad app, which lets users take notes, while ensuring they can be synchronised with Google Docs, ensuring any notes taken offline are automatically updated via the cloud.
Google launched its Chromebook concepts amid a blaze of publicity over its browser-based laptop concept but there is little sign that the predicted sales rush has materialised.
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