Chrome OS update now available with folder support and Hotwording
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The stove is still fresh with the new Chrome OS EoL policy, which extended Chromebook support to 5 years total, and a new update is already being rolled out. The release improves on certain UI features of Chrome OS and brings with it support for Hotwording search for English users.
Headlining today's 35.0.1916.116 update is something that's been sorely missing- support for folders in the Chrome OS Launcher, allowing users to sort their apps however they please. In addition, Google says they've responded to user feedback and improved window controls, bringing back the minimize button and adding the ability to tile windows with a long-press on the maximize button.
Another big feature included with the update is Google Hotwording, which was introduced back at I/O 2013 and enables voice search on Google.com by simply saying "OK, Google". The update also adds detection of captive portals, the obtrusive login/entry pages found on hotspots in airports and hotels which can incorrectly indicate the presence of an active internet connection.
All Chrome OS devices other than the ASUS Chromebox and Samsung Series 3 will be able to download the update over the next few days, with those two hopefully following soon enough.