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HTC could be planning a Chrome OS-Android device

Report indicates that HTC is studying the feasibility of a Chrome OS/Android device

Google’s Chromebooks haven’t been very successful in their first year, and shipments have been less than optimal according to estimates of only 25,000-30,000 devices shipped. However, Chrome OS remains a novel idea, and we’re now hearing word that some manufacturers could be interested in exploring other venues for the operating system.

According to industry insider, Digitimes, none other than HTC is looking to get in on the Chrome OS game. According to the publication, the popular phone manufacturer is discussing the possibility of combining Chrome OS with Android in an internet-access device, with ARM being the likely processor.

While Google’s Chrome OS is especially popular due to its quick boot speeds, Android itself doesn’t take too long to load, and we’re baffled as to how HTC plans to combine the two.  Furthermore, not much is known as to which category the device would fall under, although Digitimes’ sources expect it to be a hybrid tablet/netbook.

Sadly, the aforementioned details are all that's know for now, and the scant details are hardly enough for us to make a ruling on the device. On the other hand, HTC was never active in the netbook market during its boom and we can't really see them getting involved in the game at this point in time.

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Omar Qudsi, 2011-11-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)