Google announced the official release of the Q3 2016 release of its Q3 2018 beta-master build for its Chrome OS-based Chromebooks on Thursday.
The company announced the first of a series of builds for the Google-powered devices, which will become available for download on November 15.
The new build will have beta-features for Google Voice support, Google Assistant, and other new features that are part of the release candidate for Q4 2019, Google said.
“We’ve taken the best of Chrome OS and made it the foundation of the new Google Pixel phones, including voice, camera, camera sensors, and much more,” said Chris Dixon, Google’s chief product officer, in a blog post announcing the new beta.
“In our beta, we’ve included a number of new improvements that make it easier for you to use Google Voice and Google Assistant on your Chromebooks and Pixel devices.”
The build will also include an additional security update that fixes a critical vulnerability in Google’s Chrome OS that could allow attackers to hijack the device remotely.
Google’s beta builds are built to address a number new issues, including a bug that could cause the Pixel phones to reset to default settings when they’re connected to a Wi-Fi network and a new issue with a remote command prompt that could lead to the installation of the same software on other Pixel devices.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number toggled to enable or disable the camera.
Google has also improved its ChromeOS beta build for the Pixel 2 to include the ability to download and install a new update that will add support for a new feature in Google Assistant.
The update will be rolling out to Pixel devices in beta in the coming weeks, and the first Pixel devices are expected to go on sale sometime this fall.
Google plans to continue rolling out new versions of ChromeOS, Android and the Chrome Web Store to Pixel and Pixel XL devices starting later this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during an investor conference call on Thursday, according to the company’s blog.
“The new Chrome OS is the culmination of more than a decade of work by Google engineers in building the world’s most secure, mobile operating system,” Picha said.