Google Enhances Chromebooks with Extended Updates and Energy-Efficient Features
Google is rolling out substantial upgrades to its Chromebooks, extending the duration of updates and introducing energy-efficient features. In a recent announcement, Google revealed that all Chromebook platforms will receive regular automatic updates every four weeks to bolster security. Additionally, for Chromebooks no longer receiving automatic updates, robust built-in security features will be implemented. The repair process will also become faster with new ChromeOS updates. Furthermore, Google plans to introduce adaptive charging technology to enhance battery health.
In a blog post published on September 14, Google shared these updates for Chromebook users. The company, which introduced Chromebooks in 2012, disclosed that all Chromebooks released in 2021 or later will receive 10 years of automatic updates following the platform’s release, beginning in 2024. Previously, Google offered software updates for up to 8 years for ChromeOS.
For users with Chromebooks released before 2021, automatic updates can be extended to 10 years from the platform’s release date. Google’s primary focus with these updates is to prioritize security for Chromebook users.
Another significant enhancement is a streamlined repair process. Currently, users can have their Chromebooks repaired through Chromebook Repair Program partners or organizations offering Chromebook repair certifications. However, Google intends to introduce new repair workflows that will enable authorized repair centers, particularly in the US, to repair Chromebooks without the need for a physical USB key.
Google is also taking steps toward environmental conservation by introducing energy-efficient features in upcoming updates. The addition of adaptive charging support aims to extend Chromebook battery life. The battery saver feature will help reduce power consumption by optimizing device functions.
In an effort to reduce electronic waste, Google is making recycling more accessible for Chromebook users. They can now recycle Chromebooks through resellers or refurbishers. The company also plans to reduce the operational costs of the devices, making them more affordable for students.