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Is Chrome OS coming to tablets?

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Is Chrome OS coming to tablets?

Some minor changes to the code of Chrome OS, Google's take on cloud-based netbook operating systems, hint at an interesting push in the development of the operating system. Could it be that Honeycomb, which without a shadow of doubt remains Google's main focus in tablets, will be joined or replaced by Chrome OS Touch version? Here's the hard evidence present in Chrome OS code so far:


- Google has changed a user-agent string for “websites that are already customizing for tablet experiences.” In addition, all touch-optimized adjustments are to use the name “CrOS Touch” instead of just “CrOS.”

- A new tab page will be used for Touch optimized Chrome OS, making it possible to quickly rearrange and manage apps.

- An on-screen virtual keyboard was added.


We've seen Google bring up concept Chrome models and videos for tablets, and we've heard rumors of cloud-based music services in the latest versions of Android. Will it be a partial integration with Honeycomb or a separate touch platform - that remains a guessing game. Whatever it is, though, we'll know more about it soon, but in the meantime, let us know what's your prediction!


source: ChromeOSSite via Le Journal du Geek (translated)


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posted on 08 Apr 2011, 06:59 3

1. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Firsties!!!

lol.... Anyway, I'm confused. Why is Google competing with their selves? Wouldn't another OS tablet device be in direct competition with Android OS? It’s hard to make a comment on something I just don’t know enough about. I am intrigued on their reasoning.

posted on 09 Apr 2011, 23:52

8. eliavictor (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)


I think they have Chrome OS as a backup plan (headstart) for when people don't use the tradition OS standard (local storage) anymore but rather ubiquitous connection has made online our new local machine.

Basically they are competing against their future self for domination now and in the future ;)

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 07:40

2. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


This should be good as Google Chrome is an amazing browser itself.

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 07:42 1

3. Super Android Evo (unregistered)


Yeah I am not too sure about this also. Why is Google making another OS when they have Android OS & the tablet Honeycomb OS? Maybe they are going a new direction with the Honeycomb OS with the Chrome OS? Yes I too am going to need more information to truely undertand what Google has up it's sleeve! Lets me say this, they got my attention!!!!

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 08:23 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if i remember correctly, Chrome is a hard drive free OS. Everything is stored "in the cloud". Its basically an overgrown browser without a lot of the other background system functions. I thought it was supposed to be a desktop replacement in competiton with Windows. Heck, im not sure how this would compliment or compete against android/iOS either.

All i know is that the first tablet that can get all my school ebook sites wins my dollar.

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 08:29

5. Super Android Evo (unregistered)


@ remixfa

Wow you have such a great point. I am so with you 100%.

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 09:09

6. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


This solution fixes a lot of the issue inherent in mobile handset comprimises. Storage, battery life, OS fragmentation, retrofitting apps...

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 10:27

7. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Perhaps it will be a dual boot option. Boot chrome for your cloud services, boot honeycomb or whatever version of android is available for on device storage or app usage. Or just a mobile environment. A way to have both desktop and mobile operating systems and usages on the same device. If they program a quick boot, something like the iPad or MacBook air(their ability to power up and boot fully in less than a minute) and perhaps a quick switch so it boots only instead of shutting down(reduce wait time significantly) then that would be an amazing tablet.

Just an idea though.

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