Google developing touchscreen devices based on Chrome OS
Reports from the Wall Street Journal suggest that Google has been developing Chrome OS laptops with touchscreens added. According to WSJ’s sources, the touchscreen Chromebooks will go on sale later this year. There are no further details pertaining to which hardware manufacturers Google is working with to bring the device to the market. Chromebooks manufactured by Samsung and Acer are directly sold through the Google Play Store, and this has been happening since last year. The much rumored Chromebook Pixel might just be the touchscreen wonder that’s being looked at here right now, although it still remains alluded in mystery.
The Chrome OS is built around Google’s Chrome browser for the desktops and is optimised for use with mouse and keyboard. A touchscreen based Chromebook would require significant changes in user interface to the current Chrome OS. With Android already dominating as a touchscreen platform, making Chrome OS touch based too would mean two touch based OS offerings from Google, just like Microsoft.
Source: Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)
Salman Ravoof is a mechanical engineer, a freelance writer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity, fantasy and sci-fi genre; revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
21 February, 2013