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Google working on tablet version of ChromeOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Apr 2011 13:41 User comments (5)

Google working on tablet version of ChromeOS Despite their word that ChromeOS would be "for keyboard"-based devices and Android would be "for touchscreen" devices, Cnet has uncovered some source-code that implies Google may be working on a tablet/touchscreen optimized version of the operating system.
In a statement, Google confirmed that "we are engaging in early open-source work for the tablet form factor, but we have nothing new to announce at this time."

However, in the near-term, netbooks will be priority for ChromeOS, explains the search giant:

Chrome OS was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of form factors. We expect to see different partners build different kinds of devices based on Chrome OS, but for this initial release we are targeting the notebook form factor.


A few of the added changes in the ChromeOS source code (according to Cnet) are:

• The "user-agent string" text that browsers supply so Web servers can deliver the appropriate version of a Web site--for touch user interfaces. The string includes the term "CrOS Touch," not just CrOS as before.
"This lets Web sites that are already customizing for tablet experiences easily adapt to support tablet ChromeOS devices," the programming change log notes.
• A "virtual keyboard" with a number of keys--tab, delete, microphone, return, and shift, for example--drawn in SVG so they can be shown by a browser. Screen keyboards are, of course, a necessity with tablets.
• A variety of moves to make the browser more touch-friendly, for example by increasing the space around items to make it easier to select them with a touch interface.
• A revamped new-tab page (which people see when they open a new, blank tab) that's "optimized for touch."

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5 user comments

17.4.2011 13:56

I think the os is great for netbooks since netbook is mainly for internet users.

27.4.2011 21:55

Just what my vision of future is. There in cloud will be the OS and it is open for anybody to use. Library of information, many kind of solutions which you can download to Your screen ready to use. Just like already is on Android. I am using 2.2 on my mobile and I like the system. When i have formatted my computer I have already realized how much of my needed database and programs are already behind my secret keywords somewhere. "Ask google" is often a first keyword if some information is missing.
I am here a newbie, but I made my first program on 1983 with VIC 20. (You can laugh for a computer with huge 5 kB memory).


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37.4.2011 22:26

Originally posted by repino:
Just what my vision of future is. There in cloud will be the OS and it is open for anybody to use. Library of information, many kind of solutions which you can download to Your screen ready to use. Just like already is on Android. I am using 2.2 on my mobile and I like the system. When i have formatted my computer I have already realized how much of my needed database and programs are already behind my secret keywords somewhere. "Ask google" is often a first keyword if some information is missing.
I am here a newbie, but I made my first program on 1983 with VIC 20. (You can laugh for a computer with huge 5 kB memory).
Yea, but it had a faster throughput processor for the time, if I recalled. Remember you had to load the program from the external floppy disk. I might be confusing the Commodore 64 with the disk drive. I remember those days, along with the Apple II and II/e,/c, and PCjr.

47.4.2011 22:45

Originally posted by molsen:
Originally posted by repino:
Just what my vision of future is. There in cloud will be the OS and it is open for anybody to use. Library of information, many kind of solutions which you can download to Your screen ready to use. Just like already is on Android. I am using 2.2 on my mobile and I like the system. When i have formatted my computer I have already realized how much of my needed database and programs are already behind my secret keywords somewhere. "Ask google" is often a first keyword if some information is missing.
I am here a newbie, but I made my first program on 1983 with VIC 20. (You can laugh for a computer with huge 5 kB memory).
Yea, but it had a faster throughput processor for the time, if I recalled. Remember you had to load the program from the external floppy disk. I might be confusing the Commodore 64 with the disk drive. I remember those days, along with the Apple II and II/e,/c, and PCjr.
I remember that day.. A buyer for pine logs came to us and used mechanical calculator. I asked if it is possible to use computer to calculate. He said it is impossible. It was me such a first challenge. At the evening I made that program.. (a*b*c=d)calculating cubics and d*price= $$$. lol

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58.4.2011 7:08

It might actually be useful for tablets...Android sure isn't.



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