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Report: Google Already Working on Touchscreen Chromebooks to be Sold This Year

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Update:  Google announced the Chromebook Pixel this afternoon, making their first touchscreen Chromebook official.

Remember the video that surfaced at the beginning of February that was said to be Google’s new touchscreen Chromebook called the Pixel? You know, the concept promo clip that was later debunked as being mostly garbage, and a publicity ploy from someone looking for internet attention? Let’s just say that while that video may not be real, a touchscreen device running Chrome OS certainly does make sense, especially with Microsoft fully attacking the touchscreen laptop market with Windows 8. According to a report out of the Wall Street Journal, Google has already begun developing a touchscreen solution for Chrome OS that will be made available some time later this year. 

We will likely see Chrome OS laptops with touchscreens along with hybrid devices that have detachable faces or foldable bodies that can essentially be used as Chrome OS tablets. No word yet on manufacturing partners or a release time frame other than some point in 2013.

Touch devices are the way of the future, so if Google wants to continue to push Chrome OS, they need to get into the touchscreen game sooner rather than later. They have seen some success in schools, businesses, and government offices, but the mainstream consumer has yet to fully buy into an operating system based off of Google’s popular browser. Adding touch or making devices into hybrids that act as tablets is way to bridge that gap.

We’re sort of curious as to what this means for Android or if it means anything at all. Android is the future gold mine for Google, but that doesn’t mean they should stay out of the consumer PC market either.

Via:  Wall Street Journal

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  • http://www.facebook.com/motorolazine Motorola Zine

    You can buy now Chromebook Pixel from Official Chromebook Website => http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebooks.html#pixel

  • Steve Schneider
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  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Touchscreen laptops? How revolutiona- Oh wait Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks have been out for a while already.

  • NexusPhan69

    So much for being mostly garbage.

  • http://twitter.com/BoomstickMcGee Jeremy Alajajian
  • spunker88

    Maybe its finally time to merge ChromeOS and Android’s features. Sure its nice having HTML5 apps, but ChromeOS needs some native apps and Android has plenty of them. Also stock Android is lacking mutliwindow support where as ChromeOS has it, and seeing that Ubuntu Touch, Samsung and others are adding this on their tablets its about time stock Android does.

    • PhillipCun

      THIS! Maybe that’s why there’s a Chrome Android statue on the Google campus…. O.O

    • Big_EZ

      I’m stuck with a stock looking touchwiz rom (which isn’t so bad anymore) on my Note 2 because of multi window. A lot of people say it’s just a gimmick, but it makes many tasks so much easier and faster. I’d love to be able to have this feature on AOSP.

  • ddevito

    I’m happy to see chromebooks starting to take off. Having said that, I’m still bummed they decided the final version of chrome OS was to be stripped down. The original (well, after the one based on firefox) was much more robust.

  • Austin Warren

    I’m down.

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    Obviously, we’re going to see something about this at I/O. What I want to know about, though, is the Chrome Android statue at the Googleplex. Are they going to try and combine the two OS’s or at least the app stores?

    • NexusPhan69

      Or maybe we’ll know about it today.

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    I would be more interested in Chrome book, Or Chrome OS if google integrated Android into the OS. Make the apps cross over and add the play store…. .Oh wait

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing