Bluetooth on Chrome OS Gets Better – Can Tell You When Your Mouse Run Out of Battery

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.

Improved Pairing

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.

This was spotted here by 

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  (borrowing a Apple Magic mouse to do this by the way 🙂 )

Bluetooth alerts

Bluetooth alerts

Stay tuned for more updates!

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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