Chrome OS Updates

The operating system on Chromebooks automatically updates itself in the background, so you shouldn’t really need to pay attention to update versions unless you are a developer for the Chrome platform. Nevertheless, in the interest of being a compendium for all things even tangentially related to Google’s new Chromebooks, we keep this information available to those who are interested.

The update history for Chrome OS listed below includes stable (“official”) update releases for the 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the CR-48, Samsung Series 5, and Acer AC700 beginning with the release of Chrome 17. Beta releases will be noted where appropriate. Note: as a considerable majority of users will not need this information, the list below is not complete. If nothing else, this list will give prospective Chromebook buyers an idea of how much Google keeps on top of the latest security and performance concerns, constantly improving the operating system without bothering you about it.

All the technical information below can be found with greater detail on the Google Chrome Releases blog.

Notice (11/2014): This list of updates is kept for reference, but is no longer likely to be updated for now. Too many improvements occur to Chrome OS and we do not have time to document them all separately here.

OS Updates for Chromebooks

April 23, 2012 — Chrome OS Stable version updated to 18.0.1025.165 (Platform version: 1660.132.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48). Beta channel has been updated to the same version for Cr-48 systems.

Highlights:

  • General security and stability improvements.
  • Issue 26151: Audio stops playing occasionally

 

March 12, 2012 – Chrome OS Stable version released 17.0.963.80 (Platform version: 1412.234.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:
General security and stability improvements with the Chromebook’s operating system.

Known issues:
Issue 26698: Time display mismatch

 

March 9, 2012 – Chrome OS Stable version released 17.0.963.78 (Platform version: 1412.230.0/1412.231.0-Samsung) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:
General security and stability improvements with the Chromebook’s operating system.

Known issues:
None

 

March 7, 2012 – Chrome OS Stable version released 17.0.963.66 (Platform version: 1412.223.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:
This update includes Pepper flash: release 11.1.31.322, as well as general security and stability improvements with the Chromebook’s operating system.

Known issues:
None

 

March 2, 2012 (beta) — Chrome OS beta version released 18.0.1025.46 (Platform versions: 1660.57.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:

  • Stability improvements.
  • 23743 – Fixes issue where cursor focus is lost on the sign-in screen.
  • Shortcut key for submitting feedback to Google is set as Shift + Alt + i.
  • Various fixes to Chrome File Manager

Known Issues:
None

 

February 24, 2012 – Chrome OS Stable version released 17.0.963.60 (Platform version: 1412.205.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:
This update includes

  1. Pepper flash: release 11.1.31.310, as well as:
  2. General overall stability & security improvements

Known issues:
Deleting 802.1x cert might require a restart to restore access to other wifi networks.

Chrome 17

February 16, 2012 – Chrome 17 Released. OS Stable version released 17.0.963.54 (Platform version: 1412.186.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Highlights:

  1. Fixed CVE-2012-0056 kernel: proc: /proc/<pid>/mem mem_write insufficient permission checking
  2. Verizon activation and top-up portal
  3. Update Pepper Flash
  4. New photo editor
  5. File browser improvements
  6. OpenVPN support
  7. General stability & security fixes

Known issues:
None.

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