Could Google's Chrome OS be about to make the move to touchscreen?
Google's Chrome OS has only ever been on specially-designed laptops and Chromebox desktops. Any touchscreen device produced by Google has run the company's mobile operating system, Android. However, it seems Google may soon bring Chrome to touchscreen devices.
The Wall Street Journal cites sources that say Google has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system. These machines will apparently go on sale later this year and, to a certain extent, would compete with Google's own Android operating system. Though Android has never officially been put on a laptop, there are tablets that transform into netbook-like devices with the help of keyboard docks.
Announced in the summer of 2009, Google's Chrome OS was officially launched in December 2010 in the form of the Cr-48, a reference hardware design that Google gave to testers and reviewers beginning. The first retail machines did not go on sale until May 2011. The Wall Street Journal didn't mention when these new touchscreen Chromebooks would go on sale, just that 'people familiar with the matter' said it would be this year.