23 April 2019
A new flag is spotted in the Chrome OS Canary build that enables Bluetooth battery indicators for the accessories connected. This implies this new feature will soon land for the Chromebooks running Chrome OS. The Bluetooth battery indicator works for connected accessories and it tells how much battery is left on them. Needless to say, this feature is quite useful for the wireless keyboard, headphones, or any other accessory that you connect to your Chromebook. Such audio accessories don’t have a display of themselves that could reflect if they are required to be charged. So, having them connected to a supported device helps in knowing their battery status.
This feature is already available on Android and iOS devices but only now coming to Chromebooks. So, when you connect any Bluetooth headphones to your Chromebook, you would get to know just how much battery is remaining or does it require a charge.
This is quite a useful feature which should have come before, in fact.
It’s currently available via a feature flag and as a work-in-progress feature in the Canary channel. You can also enable this flag to test this nifty functionality out before Google rolls out this to general users.
chrome://flags/#show-bluetooth-device-batteryShow Bluetooth device battery
Enables showing the battery level of connected and supported Bluetooth devices in the System Tray and Settings UI. – Chrome OS Show Bluetooth device battery