News Briefs: Chrome OS update, CM 12.1 nightlies & Field Trip on Android Wear

Toshiba Chromebook 2Chrome OS update brings new launcher, updated Files app & more

Google has started rolling out a new stable channel update for the Chrome OS machines. The update carries version number 42.0.2311.87 and brings new features, updated applications and bug-fixes.

Here is a quick look at the update highlights

  • Updated Files app with Material Design
  • New Chrome OS Launcher with better search experience, voice search, and Google Now integration
  • Updated calculator app
  • Support for password-protected zip files
  • Default typeface has been updated to Roboto for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts
  • Bug fixes & security updates

According to Google, the new version will reach the Chrome OS devices over the next few weeks.

Field Trip app gets updated with Android Wear support

Google’s Niantic Labs has released a new version of Field Trip application in Google Play, which brings Android Wear support.Field Trip gets Android Wear support

After installing the updated version, Android Wear users will be able beceive and view Field Trip notifications directly their smartwatch as well as start Field Trip searches for nearby location worth visiting.

Android 5.1-based CM 12.1 Nightlies

CyanogenMod team has announced that they are ready to start churning out Android 5.1-based CM 12.1 nightlies for the supported devices. The nightlies can be installed over CM 12.0 official installs, but you will have to manually update the third-party add-ons and install the Android 5.1 compatible gapps. Head over to CyanogenMod website to look for nightlies for your device.

The team has also stated that Cyanogen Inc’s partnership with Microsoft will have no impact on CyanogenMod.

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