Google Announces Ambient EQ and Netflix PiP for the Upcoming ChromeOS

Google is really pushing the boundaries with its ChromeOS. There is no doubt that the operating system has gradually gained popularity. While the OS wasn’t taken seriously in the beginning, we have come to see even corporates using it. Perhaps it was due to the underpowered devices. But, that hasn’t been Google’s game at all. The company focuses on accounting for customer usage and demand. They give what the customer wants.

In a recent blog post from Google, the company has announced its latest version of the ChromeOS. This would be in time for the latest Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. There are mainly two features that they focus on. Both these features are related to content viewing. Perhaps that is what the Chromebooks are used for the most: productivity and content viewing.

Upcoming Features

Firstly, Google is quite proud to announce the Ambient EQ feature. A feature that is present in most modern-day televisions, comes to the Chromebooks. What this “Ambient EQ” essentially does is that it takes data from the ambient sensors on the device. It then, depending on the content, shifts the color balance and the brightness of the screen. This helps in adapting to the surrounding quite easily. According to Google,

With Ambient EQ, Chromebook screens adapt to any context—whether you’re working outdoors on a sunny day, or if you’re watching a movie while snuggled under a blanket.

Ambient EQ-Google

Lastly, there is a new way to view Netflix content as well. Picture in Picture goes way back. Today, we see a lot of video streaming platforms adopt it. Youtube does it on its website and app. Meanwhile, Netflix does it on iPads as well. In the new version of the ChromeOS, the Netflix App would support picture in picture. This would mean that users can, for example, write documents while watching a Netflix show. This is quite common as a lot of people are used to having background noise as they work.

Both these features would be available for the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook first and then floated out in the future.


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Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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