Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)
Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)
Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future

Good news for Chrome OS users in anticipation of a touch interface: the latest Canary builds of Chrome OS seem to feature a launcher that enables touch based navigation. Chrome OS has been traditionally featured in low-cost laptops but touchscreen Chromebooks could soon gain traction once touch gets priority treatment on Chrome OS. The current implementation can only be found in the latest Canary build (which is highly unstable and bug-prone) and that too, needs a flag chrome://flags/#enable-fullscreen-app-list to be enabled to function.

Chrome OS evangelist, François Beaufort has posted a video of the new launcher in action in the Chrome OS Google+ page. The video shows that the new launcher sits at the bottom of the screen and shows a universal search box along with a list of recent apps. To get access to all apps, simply swipe up. There's also a voice icon for dictating voice commands which opens the search in a new Chrome window.

With Google actively looking to port Android apps to Chrome OS, it only makes sense for the OS to evolve into a touch-friendly one. More touch functionality can be expected as the build slowly trickles to the Developer and Stable branches so until then it is best to refrain from installing this build on a daily driver.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07- 8 (Update: 2017-07- 8)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.