The popular Zoom video conferencing platform has started rolling out a progressive web application (PWA) for Chrome OS. It is basically a web application that offers a native desktop experience. Users can download the new Zoom app to their Chromebooks from the Google Play Store.
According to Zoom‘s announcement message, web client updates will automatically be available for the PWA version, which means both versions will get new features simultaneously. System administrators will have the ability to remotely install and manage the Zoom app, providing centralized configuration and security options. Customers who have Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to the old native app until January 2022, and the company recommends upgrading to the new PWA version.
Zoom PWA features
The new Zoom PWA for Chromebooks offers all the features available on Zoom for Windows or Mac. Here are a few:
- Customizable Gallery View (on supported machines)
- Self-selected sub-committee rooms
- Live transcription
- Live translation (with assigned interpreters)
- A new background masking feature for privacy
- The raised hand and the reactions encountered
Teachers who run a course on Zoom can benefit from the following features:
- Go to the Security icon in the meeting controls to lock the meeting, activate the waiting room, and remove participants
- Share their entire screen or just a single application window
- Save the session in the cloud (if using a paid Zoom account)
- Create and assign breakout rooms
- Share audio with your screen shares (expected this summer)
- Use a whiteboard when sharing your screen (planned for this fall)
Likewise, there are a few new features for students attending a Zoom class on a Chromebook:
- View a teacher’s shared screen and share their own, if enabled
- Use non-verbal comments like Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
- Raise your hand to ask a question
- Chat with the teacher
- Join the Breakout Rooms created by the teacher
How to download Zoom PWA on Chromebooks?
The new Zoom PWA is available on the Google Play Store. You can search “Zoom PWA” or “Zoom for Chrome PWA” in the Play Store. Click install to download the application. If you can’t find the app, you can also click the link below to download it.
The new Zoom PWA for Chromebooks comes just days after the company released the long-awaited native app for Windows on ARM. You can read more about it by following this link.