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Google Launching Touchscreen Chromebook ‘By End of Year’

A touchscreen Chromebook is due for release before the end of the year according to reports from a Chinese industry publication. 

Citing Taiwanese manufacturers as its source, the ‘Commercial Times‘ reports that a 12″ touch-controlled Chromebook will ‘start shipping [before] the end of 2012’. 

Interestingly, the report claims that unlike previous Chromebooks this one will be a Google-branded device, made by the Taiwan company Compal Electronics on behalf of Google.


Although this news is, at least thus far, a rumour there is support for for it within Chrome OS itself.

Over the last year or so Chrome developers have been adding experimental touch gestures support into Chrome OS, including the Chrome OS only (and hardware specific) flag:

  • Enable bezel touch actions on Chrome OS

Whether this specific report is true or not is somewhat moot; it’s clear from developments that a touchscreen ChromeOS device is in the offing.

It’s just a matter of when, and not if. 

 Source: DigiTimes

  • Swapnil Chitnis

    They should take Ubuntu and merge it with Android. It’s possible and would be amazing!

  • Josh Melling

    Want! hope its in the sub $300 range, and i’ll pick up one for a family member as well.

  • DuncanPerkins

    but… android…

    • Android does not work on laptops.

      • Swapnil Chitnis

        It does. There are x86 images of Android available. But it doesn’t have a “desktop” UI.

        • By ‘does not work’ I meant in the usability aspect, with a trackpad.

          • Swapnil Chitnis

            I’ve used Android on a notebook(x86). It works well with keyboard and trackpad but the UI is designed for touchscreen. We don’t want another Windows 8. Just like they can make a different phone UI and a tablet UI, they can add a desktop UI as well. That’s all it needs. Linux applications on Android is also possible.

          • I think usability wise, it could be ported to work in a traditional desktop sense, and unification of the Google consumer computing platforms would make a lot of sense for consumers. (as well as being able to build android, on android)

  • ojdon

    But… “Gorilla” arm… It’s a shame that they have no plans for a Chrome Tablet. They did at one stage since they even had a virtual keyboard. However it was deprecated when the “aura” desktop environment was implemented.

  • Hey I already have a 7″ Chromebook, they call it Nexus!

  • superdrunk

    i hope it is ARM and has a detachable screen like the asus transformer

  • Charlie Du

    I think that will just be a stupid idea….what you get if you get a chromebook with a touchscreen is a tablet with a keyboard running chrome os….

  • Håkon Underbakke

    Awesome! :)