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VIDEO: A First Look at the Chrome OS Tablet UI

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

With all the buzz about the iPad, you'd think the world had never seen a tablet before. However, there are plenty of other companies with tablets on the market and even more with tablet devices in the works.

Google is targeting the companies who have yet to release a tablet with its Google Chrome OS Tablet UI. Shown off in a clip is a conceptual tablet UI by Google Chrome’s designer Glen Murphy.

Uploaded to the official Google Chromium Projects website this week, the video is described as "visual explorations of how a Chrome OS tablet UI might look in hardware."

Possible features for the UI include:

  • Keyboard interaction with the screen: anchored, split, attached to focus.
  • Launchers as an overlay, providing touch or search as means to access web sites.
  • Contextual actions triggered via dwell.
  • Zooming UI for multiple tabs
  • Tabs presented along the side of the screen
  • Creating multiple browsers on screen using a launcher

 The post on the Chromium site also includes several mock-ups of a tablet running Chrome OS. While HTC was rumored to be working on a Google tablet, it is not yet known if these renderings are related to those reports.

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Chrome OS Tablet Concept

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    sceen311 , February 2, 2010 3:49 PM
    Definitely waiting to buy a tablet, looks like the market is just about to get interesting.
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    kal20mx , February 2, 2010 4:28 PM
    Now thats a tablet i will buy!
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    sliem , February 2, 2010 4:42 PM
    Go google chrome!
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    Boxa786 , February 2, 2010 4:42 PM
    awesome, cant wait
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    theuerkorn , February 2, 2010 5:05 PM
    Looks like THE ONE to keep an eye out for. Seriously.
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    justiceguy216 , February 2, 2010 5:27 PM
    It's weird but I feel like Google may end up beating Apple in this market...a market that Apple (sorta) pioneered.
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    foody , February 2, 2010 5:38 PM
    I'd still rather have a normal computer, even if I were mainly using it for web surfing or reading. I don't think these are practical enough for me as of yet.
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    lifelesspoet , February 2, 2010 7:21 PM
    multitask? theres a pad for that.
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    notsleep , February 2, 2010 7:41 PM
    foodyI'd still rather have a normal computer, even if I were mainly using it for web surfing or reading. I don't think these are practical enough for me as of yet.


    they're not meant to be your main computer. they're specific devices in specific form factor. it's not meant to replace your main computer, dummy! xD
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    kal20mx , February 2, 2010 8:13 PM
    and also my only way thru the internet is thru my pc right now. and means with this tablet i can be in the shitter and on my couch or bed and watch hulu.
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    tntom , February 2, 2010 10:25 PM
    Tom's needs a better way of showing images.

    Why can't you atleast just have regular thumbnails that link to the larger images so that I can use my browsers Slideshow plugin to view like a photo gallery. We are a decade into the new millennium!
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    mr_tuel , February 2, 2010 10:35 PM
    ooooooohh....multitasking :D 
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    foody , February 3, 2010 12:38 AM
    notsleepthey're not meant to be your main computer. they're specific devices in specific form factor. it's not meant to replace your main computer, dummy! xD


    I'm quite aware of that. I did mention that I wouldn't like to use it for a couple of the main reasons people are saying they want these such as reading and surfing the web. I think that makes my argument valid, dummy!
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    m-manla , February 3, 2010 12:47 AM
    Hey Apple Look. It has MULTI-TASKING!
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    amd_guru , February 3, 2010 3:39 AM
    I will def take the google OS on a 2nd gen ipad (which im sure with proper tweaking could be done :) ) cuz you gotta figure apple likes to add features people whine about not having on the first gen. I figure 2nd gen ipad will have the webcam and hopefully not look exactly like an ipod touch / iphone...
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    skyu , February 3, 2010 6:15 AM
    great:D