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Google celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the emergence of Chromebooks by unveiling new features for the Chrome OS operating system, and the new Phone Hub feature is the largest addition, which connects the Android phone to the Chromebook.

Google connects Android phones to Chromebooks via the Phone Hub

The Phone Hub feature allows Chrome OS users to reply to text messages, check phone battery life, enable wireless hotspot, and easily locate the device.

The Phone Hub is grouped into a taskbar tool that expands to show you the last Chrome tabs you've been browsing on your phone.

And Phone Hub appears to be a very useful feature for Android phone and Chromebook owners.

Google is also working to enable its Wi-Fi Sync feature across more devices, allowing you to connect to wireless networks that it configured and used via an Android phone and other devices running the Chrome OS operating system.

Another important addition to Chrome OS is the close sharing between Chromebooks and other Android and Chrome OS devices.

Like AirDrop, the Close Share feature allows people to send and receive files between devices, and Google says this feature is arriving on Chrome OS in the coming months.

Google is also adding the new Screen Capture tool to the Chrome OS Quick Settings menu.

As the name suggests, the tool lets you record your screen or take screenshots and access them quickly.

The clipboard is also improved in Chrome OS, allowing you to save five recent items to paste elsewhere without switching windows.

The new Quick Answers extension lets you right-click a word in Chrome OS for a definition, translation, or conversion unit.

Google is working to improve Chrome OS's default desktop feature.

And when you restart the Chromebook, it now restores all windows to the correct virtual desktops, and you can also right-click on the top of the open window to send applications to different virtual desktops.

Obviously, most of these new additions to Chrome OS play a catch-up role for what's present across Windows and macOS.

Google launched for the first time a group of Chromebooks in 2011 in partnership with Samsung and Acer.

There are now Chromebooks from every major PC maker, and Google is promising to launch 50 new Chromebooks in 2021.
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