Welcome to today’s edition of Chrome and Chrome OS #comingsoon updates. Today we have two new upcoming features to discuss. An option to inspect Chrome’s internal UI has been added to the Canary channel. The wallpaper policy for managed Chromebooks seems to be getting an update.
Inspect Chrome Internal UI
This is a piece of news shared by Google’s François Beaufort. Just like you inspect websites, developers can now inspect Chrome’s UI elements. According to him, you “can navigate nodes, edit some of their attributes, play with how Chrome could* look like, and so on”
This feature is now available behind the chrome://flags/#enable-ui-devtools, flag. Enable this flag and restart Chrome to start playing around with this new developer tool. This feature is currently supported in Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows only as now.
Wallpaper Policy Update
The Chrome OS management console currently allows admins to disable changing wallpapers on Chromebooks. According to this change request, this is currently limited to custom wallpapers. If this CL goes through, this will be extended to all kinds of wallpapers.
Wallpaper: do not change wallpaper if policy is in effect.
Currently we only have this restriction for custom wallpapers, we should
put this restriction for all kinds wallpapers.
If you are a Chromebook administrator at a school, this will be something that you are interested in. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this (possible) change!
Stay tuned for more news from Chrome OS’ future!