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Could Chrome OS be coming to touch devices?

Atleast developers have started building Chrome OS for tablets and likes

Google has always been adamant in stating that the Chrome OS will be developed keeping in mind only devices without touch input such as netbooks and full size notebooks. This is understandable because at the same time there is the Honeycomb which is being developed in full swing for Tablets. But could it be possible that the Chrome OS be developed for touch devices?

Well, although there is no rumor about Google developing one of those, atleast the open source Chrome OS developers are interested, or so it seems if what Chrome Story reports is true. The site reports of a Chrome expert called Francois Beaufort who is developing a Chrome OS build with touch-optimized screens in mind. We looked at some of the screenshots he shared with Chrome story and found them quite interesting.

The first thing that caught our eyes was the huge virtual keyboard that is taking more than enough space on the screen. It is so huge that you can see only a portion (about 30%) of the screen, and if you leave the menus above – there is hardly any real estate left.

The rest of the UI looks similar to what we have come to know in Chromebooks, only you can operate by touch instead of a physical keyboard. This looks like a work still in progress, but has potential to give the touch device owners a great choice of owning a cloud environment on their touch devices. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-06-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)