With the new Chrome OS 81 update, Google is now focusing more on improving the user experience with the introduction of touch gestures support. Many laptops like Samsung Galaxy Chromebook and upcoming Lenovo Chromebook Duet are touch-enabled Chromebooks and with the new update, they are making it easier than ever to navigate.
For this, the company will introduce Android like Gesture navigation with the new Chrome OS 81 update and the update has been rolled out.
Touch Gestures are the main highlight of this update of Chrome OS and 4 new gesture navigation has been introduced with this update.
You can see the GIF images of all four new gesture navigation controls below and that’s how it works, it is very similar to Android gestures that we see in smartphones and tablets these days.
First of all, users can now swipe from the bottom of the screen to get to the Home screen on their Chrome Book. This is quite similar to what all modern-day Android phones with gesture support come with.
Users can swipe from the bottom of the screen and hold at the end of the motion and it will show all the windows and apps running on your Chromebook, like recent apps in Android.
For tablet mode users, they can navigate back and forth of a webpage by simply swiping from the left side and it will take to the previous page faster.
There is also a new dock feature which is something similar to what we see in iPads for a long time now. When it comes to Chrome OS it is called ‘Quick Shelf’ and features all the pinned apps and other apps running from the Quick Shelf. Users can access Quick Shelf by making a small swipe from the of your screen.
Apart from the Gesture navigation feature, the new ChromeOS update also brings PiP or Picture-in-Picture mode to apps like YouTube, Prime Videos, Hulu, etc
Finally, the ChromeOS 81 also gets a new ‘tab stripe’ feature that will allow you to easily manage Chrome Tabs with a touch friendly tab stripe, if using in Tablet Mode. You can open, reorder, Close tabs by swiping up. This will be made available first to upcoming Lenovo Chromebook Duet and soon other Chromebooks, too
Source: Chrome Blog