The Chrome OS team has been working on improving Bluetooth on Chromebooks. These things are still being worked on, but there are couple of things that I wanted to share with you.
Bluetooth mice made by different companies behave differently. Handling them on a computer is a tricky job. Here is one of the engineers put it:
“Bluetooth mice are not required to be paired, but we attempt to pair to them anyway because some mice, namely the Apple magic mouse, require pairing. Some other mice do NOT support pairing or pretend to support it without doing it properly.”
As a workaround, the team is adding a database of mice that do not support pairing so that Chrome OS can skip and connect the device. Plug n play, for users.
Alerts About Connected Bluetooth Devices
With the last Developer Channel update to Chrome OS, the team has added the ability to display notifications when the battery of a connected device goes low. Take a look at this screenshot shared by François Beaufort (borrowing a Apple Magic mouse to do this by the way 🙂 )
Stay tuned for more updates!