Google is extending the lifespan of Chromebooks by providing regular automatic updates for Chromebooks for a full 10 years. This will bring new features while also enhancing the security features of the laptops.
Chromebooks released from 2021 onwards will automatically receive updates for a decade starting from 2024. However, if you have an older Chromebook, users and IT administrators can choose to extend the updates to 10 years from the platform’s release.
New battery features for Chromebooks
Google has announced that it will introduce features such as adaptive charging and battery saver mode to most compatible platforms to enhance the battery health of devices. Adaptive charging will prevent the Chromebook from being fully charged and will keep it at 80%, which will help extend the device’s overall battery life.
The device will fully charge before the user typically disconnects from the power source. The ‘Adaptive charging’ option can be found in the Settings > Device > Power menu, which admins can enable by default on managed devices.
Google also introduced a ‘Charge limit’ preference, which will reduce the device’s maximum capacity as the battery ages, thus extending the battery lifespan.
Additionally, the company has added an ‘Energy saver’ feature that will reduce or turn off energy-intensive processes to increase the device’s battery life. The ‘Energy saver’ toggle can be found in the settings, whereas ChromeOS will automatically turn it on when the battery level drops to 20%. The notification will allow users to ‘Turn off energy saver’. The Chrome browser already has an Energy Saver feature.
The ‘Adaptive charging’ and ‘Energy saver’ features will be available for most compatible platforms in the coming months.
Chromebooks will become easier to repair
Google is also rolling out updates to allow technicians and authorised repair centres to repair Chromebooks without physical USB keys, reducing the resolution time for software-based issues by over 50%. Schools can access Google’s self-repair program, which provides guides and repair manuals. Google has added a Maps feature to help users locate recycling centres for recycling.
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