New Chrome OS launcher on its way to a Chromebook near you

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Chrome OS is known for it’s speed, functionality, and Google’s active support. As Chromebooks continue to evolve, mainly with touchscreen support, so will Chrome OS. Google is currently testing a completely redesigned launcher to offer better support for 2-in-1 devices.

The new redesign of the Chrome OS  launcher brings some familiarity to Android users. The UI brings some elements found in Google’s Pixel Launcher. Mainly consisting of the app drawer sliding up from the bottom of the device. You can also see the Google search bar is now front and center. From this, you can navigate to apps, browse the web, and search files.

If you would like to give this a try on your Chromebook, it’s very simple. Switch over to the Canary channel and type in chrome://flags/#enable-fullscreen-app-list. Once that is done, restart the machine and you’ll have your new launcher. Since this is new, it is still very buggy, so keep that in mind. Especially if it is your main device.

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