ChromeOS 109 is rolling out with a change to how Android apps launch


ChromeOS 109 will be rolling out over the next few days as a smaller update in terms of user-facing changes, although there are a handful of changes.

After your Chromebook boots, it takes a few seconds for ARC (Android Runtime for Chrome) to start. Previously, the app icon in the shelf was grayed out and showed a circular loading indicator until it was completed.

With ChromeOS 109, a (white, even in dark theme) the window with the application logo will open immediately as ARC loads. This is a visual tip and serves as a more obvious status indicator. This is a more apparent change on older/low end hardware.

If you tap the lock icon on the left of the address bar, “From the Web” has been renamed”About this page.” Tap to open a more detailed sidebar with information from the equivalent Google search function “About this source”. This includes an excerpt from Wikipedia, a description “in their own words” and “web results on source”. The change may not be widely rolled out yet.

The Annotate feature in the Gallery now has a “Custom” color picker which offers many more options than the 20 presets under “Palette”. There is a HEX field which allows you to be specific.

The Performance menu in Browser Settings with Memory and Power Saver may roll out more widely in ChromeOS 109. Announced last month, you can immediately enable it with these flags:

  • chrome://flags/#battery-saver-mode-available
  • chrome://flags/#high-efficiency-mode-available

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