Chrome OS Dev Update Has More Hints of a Touch Screen Chromebook

Plus several interesting new features for existing Chromebook users

  The new wallpaper picker in Chrome OS
On the face of it, the latest Chrome OS dev update is nothing special, a few bugs fixed, a new Flash version, the usual stuff.
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On the face of it, the latest Chrome OS dev update is nothing special, a few bugs fixed, a new Flash version, the usual stuff.

But it does come with several user-facing changes, the new wallpaper picker is almost ready, a new and some may say annoying overscroll effect and couple of new experimental features as well.

The wallpaper picker app has a darker and transparent UI which looks interesting, or at least distinctive. The transparency option is actually available to all app developers now. There is also a new dialog box UI, certainly snazzier looking than before.

Also new is a vertical overscrolling feature, now; when you reach the top of the page, you get a visual cue, similar to the ones you're familiar with from mobile OSes. In fact, the overscrolling effect makes a lot more sense with touch input than when you're a mouse.

Considering all the rumors about a touch-input Chromebook being in the works and all the signs we've seen so far, this is further proof that something is in the works.

There's more, inside chrome://flags you'll notice a new flag dubbed "request tablet site" which wouldn't make much sense unless a touch input device was being prepared.

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