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Your Chromebook will get Nest Hub’s Amazing Ambient Photo Screensaver – Review Geek



A Pixelbook with the new smart screen saver.
Chrome OS 88 turns your screensaver into a ‘smart display’ à la Chromecast and Nest Hub. Google

After last week̵

7;s Chrome browser update, Google is rolling out Chrome OS 88 on desktops and laptops. The update includes a handful of bug fixes, along with an exciting “smart display” lockscreen and fingerprint login for websites with WebAuthn support.

Like the idle screen on Google’s Nest Hub and Chromecast, the new Chrome OS ‘smart display’ lockscreen scrolls through images in your Google Photos library (or Google’s stock photo library). It also provides convenient media controls for streaming or casting music, in addition to the current time, temperature, battery status and Wi-Fi status. Unfortunately, the new lockscreen lacks most of the Nest Hub’s features, such as smarthome controls and estimated time of arrival for your daily commute.

To enable the ‘smart display’ lock screen, open ‘Settings’, scroll to that ‘Personalization’ menu and go to ‘Screen Saver’. Choose the screen saver “Chome OS”, which is what Google calls its new lock screen. If you don’t have a Chromecast or Nest Hub set up, you may need to choose a Google Photos album to browse the lockscreen. (If you don’t see the new screen saver, try updating your device!)

An illustration of WebAuthn login on ChromeOS.
Chrome OS 88 allows you to sign in to certain websites with your fingerprint or PIN. Google

Interestingly, the Chrome OS 88 update allows you to sign in to some websites with your fingerprint or PIN. Websites that support the WebAuthn standard, such as Dropbox and GitHub, should allow you to sign in without entering a password after updating to Chrome OS 88. The WebAuthn standard also allows you to use your fingerprint or PIN for two-factor authentication at selected websites. Two-factor authentication is an additional step in the login processes that will deter most hackers, even if they have your password.

Google is rolling out the Chrome OS 88 update today, January 27, although it may take several days for the update to reach your device. If you don’t receive a notification for the update, try forcing the update from the About Chrome OS page in your device’s settings.

Source: Google (Chrome Releases / The Keyword) via Engadget




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