ChromeOS for new editing and productivity tools, coming to Chromebooks from August

ChromeOS is getting a bunch of new video editing tools and productivity features starting next month. Google is launching a new movie editor with new editing features in Google Photos apps, and it’s supposed to make the process of creating videos “within a few clicks” easier. Besides these tools, there are new features in Google Photos wallpapers, light and dark themes, new PDF editing features, deeper calendar integration, and new features in virtual desktops. The features will start rolling out to Chromebooks starting the first week of August.

The first major feature set is coming to Google Photos in the form of a new movie editor and video editing features. According to Google, the movie maker has been revamped, allowing users to quickly create “high-quality movies” using suggested themes, applying AI effects such as Real Tone filters, adding music and title cards, among other options. Users will be able to open a video in the Gallery app and continue editing it in Google Photos with one click thanks to deeper integration into the operating system.

Additionally, Google says new features in Google Photos can also automatically create a movie. The user must choose a theme, photos as well as videos of people (or pets), and Google Photos will compile them to create a movie, like on Android. These features will first be available on Chromebook starting in August.

Along with new features related to movies and videos, Google Photos also gets improvements in wallpapers. You can not only set wallpapers from Google Photos albums, but also have them change automatically every day. Additionally, Google is introducing light and dark themes on ChromeOS. You can choose one of the themes or the “auto” option which will automatically switch from light to dark when day turns to night. Some wallpapers also support this transition, Google says.

There are other features which include new PDF editing capabilities in the Gallery app (Chromebook’s default media app), deeper calendar integration for quick details overview without opening another app or another browser tab, and notification improvements allowing for a cleaner user interface. All of these features will also roll out to ChromeOS in August.

Virtual Desktops, a feature that allows users to group together all applications and windows associated with a specific project, will allow them to save and close an entire desktop, then continue where they left with a click. This feature will roll out to ChromeOS in late September.


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