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Lacros, Chrome Browser for Chromebook, Gets Canary Channel

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Google created the Lacros version of Chrome for Chromebooks. Now, they are preparing to add daily, weekly and monthly updates for this variant as well.

Frequency of Lacros updates

An experimental Chrome flag to receive unstable version of Lacros was present in Chrome OS Canary for a while now. However, this morning, I noticed a small change in this flag’s description.

Lacros browser for Chrome OS
Lacros browser for Chrome OS

You will have three options in the flag’s dropdown list:

  • Daily updates
  • Weekly updates
  • Monthly updates

On other platform, Canary channel is where you get daily updates for Chrome. The code change request comment clears any doubt about this:

“Add support for Lacros canary channel. This CL adds an option to lacros-stability in chrome://flags for receiving daily Lacros updates. Note that this does not yet support side-by-side Canary.”

With this change, Lacros Chrome or the new Chrome for Chrome OS will start receiving updates independent of Chrome OS.

I am yet to see this in action. As soon as this starts working, I shall update this article with screenshots and additional details.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.


3 responses to “Lacros, Chrome Browser for Chromebook, Gets Canary Channel”

  1. Tim Hardy Avatar
    Tim Hardy

    Any notion of when LaCros browser might be stable and able to go mainsteam? Any news at all? Lots of people (like me) have chromebooks approaching ‘end of life’ who don’t want or need to buy a new machine. Please update regularly.

    1. There is no official word yet. However, Lacros is pretty stable in the Canary channel now. I use it regularly. It is not “the” default browser yet. That could take some more time. I honestly don’t know how long.

      1. T. Henry Avatar
        T. Henry

        So how exactly does one switch to the canary channel for Lacros

        I have a chromebook that is no longer receiving updates, I’d like to load lacros up… Not sure how I get it/enable it.

        I understand it won’t be the default, but if it’s more up to date I’d like to try it.


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