11 February 2019
If you are a Chrome OS user, you must have been getting sick of being stuck at Android 7.1.2 Nougat while Google has already released Android 9.0 Pie. But things are likely to change in the future as Google has now upgraded Chrome OS to Android 9 Pie on the Canary channel. It was first spotted by Chrome Story which further confirmed that the upgrade is currently limited to the Pixelbook.
As per the report, Google simply skipped Android 8.0 Oreo altogether and jumped straight to Android 9 Pie. It is definitely an interesting move and something that Chrome OS will surely appreciate. In terms of changes, the biggest noticeable change is related to the Settings interface. It now has colorful settings icons like the Android mobile and tablet counterpart which you can see in the screenshot below.
Other than this, Google has redesigned the Assistant UI which makes it sit in the center now. It makes it look more deeply integrated with the operating system instead of the older separate window on the left corner. The Google search bar also has the Google Assistant icon now.
These are pretty much the changes which have been spotted for the time being but there could be more. But as mentioned in the beginning, the Chrome OS Android Pie upgrade is currently available only Pixelbook via Canary channel. Canary is basically the most experimental channel on Chrome OS which makes it home for new features/changes but also makes it prone to bugs and instability. It means if your Chrome OS device is running on the stable channel and you want to move to Canary, make sure you do so only after understanding all the risks.