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Google announced a major updates for Chromebook Plus laptops, including new AI features like Help Me Write and Magic Editor, along with Gemini integration. The company also introduced new Chromebook models from HP, Acer, and ASUS, and outlines upcoming features like reading assistance and seamless continuation across devices.

Chromebook Plus gets AI-powered features (Image Credits: Google)

Chromebook Plus is getting new AI and gaming features. This class of powerful Chromebook laptops now comes with new built-in Google AI features, including Help Me Write and Magic Editor, Gemini integration, and more. Google also announced new Chromebook Plus laptops from brands like HP, Acer, and ASUS. Let’s get into the details.

Chromebook Plus: Google AI features

“Help me write” leverages Google AI to assist with writing tasks on Chromebook, whether it’s a website review, PDF form, or web app. Users can right-click for suggestions or tone adjustments, generate text from prompts, or rewrite existing text to be more formal, concise, or rephrased.

Generative AI wallpaper and video call backgrounds on Chromebook Plus allow users to create custom visuals for any video conferencing app. Users can choose from various prompts, ranging from whimsical to professional, and Google AI will generate the backgrounds.

Magic Editor on Google Photos, exclusive to Chromebook Plus, allows users to edit photos easily. By tapping the “Magic Editor” button, users can reposition or resize objects and use contextual suggestions to enhance lighting and backgrounds, reimagining photos with a few clicks.

Gemini on Chromebook Plus

Gemini on Chromebook Plus is available out of the box for brainstorming and planning. Users can tap the Gemini icon on the app shelf to start using it. New Chromebook Plus users get 12 months of the Google One AI Premium plan for free, which includes Gemini Advanced, 2TB of storage, and access to Gemini in various Google apps.

More features for Chromebooks

Google is launching new features across all Chromebooks to enhance productivity. These include:

Simple setup with Android phones: Use a QR code to share Wi-Fi and Google account credentials from your phone to your Chromebook.

Google Tasks integration: A built-in view lets you manage to-dos by tapping the date on the home screen and syncing across Google Workspace apps and devices.

Seamless GIF screen recording: The screen capture tool now automatically saves recordings as GIFs.

Game Dashboard: New gaming features like mapping mobile game controls to the keyboard are included, along with the new Acer Chromebook Plus 516 GE in the US.

Features coming to Chromebooks soon

  • Chromebooks are also set to get more updates in the future, including:
  • Gemini’s reading assistance for summarising content and AI-generated answers
  • Seamless continuation to display previously opened items across devices upon login
  • Focus mode to enhance concentration by activating Do Not Disturb and tracking progress
  • AI-powered hands-free control using face and gesture tracking
  • Enabling users to perform tasks without the keyboard to improve accessibility

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