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HTC may be developing Chrome OS/Android hybrid device

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HTC may be developing Chrome OS/Android hybrid device
HTC has had a rough week with the loss in the S3 case against Apple and subsequent drop in projected sales, but a new report from DigiTimes is saying that HTC may have an interesting new device in the works which is a Chrome OS/Android hybrid.

Right now, the only manufacturers in the Chrome OS ecosystem are Acer and Samsung, but reports say that even with the recent price drop for Chromebooks, they may see fewer than 30,000 devices sold by the end of the year. Chromebooks have a relatively limited appeal since they run just a modified Chrome browser and nothing else, but do have benefits for certain markets because of their speed, auto-updates and affordability. Although the current Chromebooks seem to still be too pricy for most at ~$300-$400.

The idea is that HTC will build a hybrid device, which will likely dual-boot Chrome OS and Android. The device would also likely be a tablet with a keyboard dock, like the Asus Transformer, or possibly a built-in keyboard like the Asus Slider. A keyboard option seems to be a necessity, because official builds of Chrome OS are designed for use with a keyboard.

It's an interesting idea, but we're not 100% sold on it. We do like Chrome OS, but other than the fast boot times and auto-updates, we don't really see the need for it if you have Android. While Chrome is better, the Android browser has improved quite a bit in Ice Cream Sandwich (which is likely the version of Android we'd see on this HTC device), and if the stock browser can't do what you need, it's likely that a 3rd party option like Firefox or Opera can do the trick.

source: DigiTimes via BGR

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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 15:29 4

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

HTC please just stick to phones. Your tablets have not been great and your tablet sales have been even worse. I say this out of love.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 15:36 5

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It hasn't been that bad. The Flyer was interesting, but pointless running 2.3, and the Jetstream was just overpriced, which was more AT&T's fault than HTC.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 16:29 2

4. isaac.mcnees (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

youre f**king retarded htc have some of the most brillent devices there more advance then samsung or motorola

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 17:00 4

5. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Can you read? He's talking about tablets, not phones

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 15:43 1

3. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Hmmm since the Chromebook fully functions while connected to the internet.... this basically sounds like a Tablet with a keyboard.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 17:16 3

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

sounds interesting

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 21:19 1

7. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

First a quad core phone, a tablet, a facebook phone, now this.

HTC gonna have some interesting products 2012

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 08:32

8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Hmmm, I was waiting for something like this, but I was thinking more along the lines of how motorola does it with it's webtop feature on the Atrix, Bionic, RAZR, except whenever you plug the phone into the Lapdock, you get Chrome instead of the Webtop, Thats what I was thinking...

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:19

9. wjbecker (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

The Chrome OS may have the potential in the business/government, especially in this day and age of tight budgets. That's if the dependency on Office, and the myth of the necessity of having a full featured computer can be broken. But yes wonder if it is necessary/redundant to have the Chrome OS/Android running on this device. Unless HTC is just throwing this in the water to see who bites.

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