Google may release a Chrome OS tablet soon

Google's got plenty of Android tablets out there, but maybe that isn't enough for the company. A new option discovered in the "about:flags" area of Chrome OS by Neowin today enables an experimental "touch-friendly" interface, and another option adds support for touch devices.

Enabling the option simply enlarges the interface to be friendly for fingers. Otherwise, it doesn't add much and doesn't include the entire OS yet so is clearly far off being finished. 

Back when Chrome OS was originally announced, it was rumored that Google planned on running the platform on tablet devices, but went silent after the original announcement. Perhaps we'll hear more about Chrome OS tablets at I/O in a few weeks time, despite the company saying they don't have plans for a tablet right now.

It's worth noting that the lab is available on Windows and Mac too, but it's strange that the company would enable the support for Chrome OS too.

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It's about frickin' time. Personally, I think they should've gone with the Chrome OS tablet idea instead of the Android tablet idea from the beginning...

This option has been in Chrome for about a version now, I mentioned it in the Chrome Metro post -- but it doesn't do much, except for making the Wrench menu bigger.

Notice that the Stacked Tabs flag is enabled in the screenshots above. I wonder how that works with touch. With a mouse is was a bit cumbersome trying to click on the end-most stacked tab.

jorden25 said,
so they already failed with android tablet, now they wanna tarnish chrome os.

Owning 45% of the market is a failure now? Sheesh, I hate to see what a real failure looks like then.

simplezz said,

Owning 45% of the market is a failure now? Sheesh, I hate to see what a real failure looks like then.
owning and being good at it are 100% different things... android would have failed if there was more than just a couple choices for a mobile os.

rippleman said,
owning and being good at it are 100% different things... android would have failed if there was more than just a couple choices for a mobile os.

faik they dont have 45% of tablet market also... so i dont know what are you talking about... Maybe of the vast quantity of (very bad) 100u$ out of contract "samrtphones"?)

iguanas said,

faik they dont have 45% of tablet market also... so i dont know what are you talking about... Maybe of the vast quantity of (very bad) 100u$ out of contract "samrtphones"?)

Afaik*

jorden25 said,
so they already failed with android tablet, now they wanna tarnish chrome os.

Microsoft should follow that philosophy as well before they get to involved with tablets. Is that what I am supposed to conclude by your argument?

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

Microsoft should follow that philosophy as well before they get to involved with tablets. Is that what I am supposed to conclude by your argument?

it's a different game to play with apple, back to those day microsoft can easily partner with many hardware manufacture to win ,but now they realize it won't work on a mobile device. btw, google is just wasting time on producing more tablet, they shouldn't even mess with it. leave it to microsoft, the only competitor that had beaten apple in desktop war...but they can't use the desktop strategy, so it's interesting to see how they will play their game. They should maybe focus more on tablet, because right now android tablet isn't working, metro doesn't even give user to change the wallpaper..which is agony for people who constantly love customize..

Master of Earth said,

it's a different game to play with apple, back to those day microsoft can easily partner with many hardware manufacture to win ,but now they realize it won't work on a mobile device. btw, google is just wasting time on producing more tablet, they shouldn't even mess with it. leave it to microsoft, the only competitor that had beaten apple in desktop war...but they can't use the desktop strategy, so it's interesting to see how they will play their game. They should maybe focus more on tablet, because right now android tablet isn't working, metro doesn't even give user to change the wallpaper..which is agony for people who constantly love customize..

Last I checked Google designs the Android/Chrome OS not the hardware. The OS supports tablets so it is up to the manufacturer to do what they want. Just thought I would correct you on that oversight.

Microsoft is like Google in that regard. It is up to the manufacturer to make a tablet. So it comes down to which is more profitable to the manufacturer. Your silly example of how Microsoft beat Apple on the desktop is missing a lot of information. Let me fill you in. Apple designs the hardware and OS. Who else can sell a Mac? Let's look at Microsoft now. How many manufacturers can sell a Windows PC? You see the difference?

So comparing the desktop PC to mobile OS is just silly. Android has proven to be profitable for manufacturers. They just need to bring the price down for Android Tablets to actually compete with with competitors. There is a reason why the Kindle Fire is selling so well. It is priced for the average consumer.

Chrome OS is not priced correctly. There is no reason for the average consumer to buy a Chrome OS at that price point.

I hope that cleared things up.

Why DOES Google need to push out a ChromeOS tablet? I can't really see the advantage over Android, which they hold tightly near the top of the mobile OS market. They should concentrate on that instead!

even though my iPad works for me very well, i would check one of these out. Would i switch? no, the iPad does all my business end perfectly, but if they made a 12" version of a chrome tablet, i probably would use that as my full time personal tablet if it has all the right connections.

AtriusNY said,
Sure, because it was such a success on laptops.

So you're saying Microsoft shouldn't venture in that direction as well? I'm going off by your "understanding" of things.

AtriusNY said,
Sure, because it was such a success on laptops.

It wasn't a success because it wasn't as good as, say, Windows. But in the tablet space, it's at least better than their other option, Android...

MASTER260 said,

It wasn't a success because it wasn't as good as, say, Windows. But in the tablet space, it's at least better than their other option, Android...

So if you were in the market for a tablet, would you buy one that could run a web browser along with hundreds of thousands of native apps? Or would you buy the one that only has a web browser? I know which I would pick.

Cripe! With as much snooping as Google does with any simple app they've ever created, I'd TOTALLY hate to see what they could snoop in at with an entire OS!

Wouldn't use it in a million years! Nothing to do with fear mongering or anything either. Just TOTALLY hate Google!!

cork1958 said,
Cripe! With as much snooping as Google does with any simple app they've ever created, I'd TOTALLY hate to see what they could snoop in at with an entire OS!

Wouldn't use it in a million years! Nothing to do with fear mongering or anything either. Just TOTALLY hate Google!!

But you are TOTALLY fearmongering though aren't you...

http://lifehacker.com/5763452/...ome-send-to-google-about-me

Not sure what annoys me most, your complete and utter logic failure: "Nothing to do with fear mongering or anything either. Just TOTALLY hate Google!!", or the fact that there are still people who believe this misinformation and will willingly preach it so dogmatically.

M_Lyons10 said,

You were expecting something original? LOL

Nothing in the computer industry is original. I thought we all knew that by now. Everyone borrows from everyone else.

Apple borrowed from Xerox, BSD, and NEXT, Microsoft borrowed from Apple, Unix, and apparently anything with a simple clear interface and called it Metro, Linux from Unix, Apple, and others. They all take the best ideas and run with them. It's the same with browsers.

To suggest that Windows or its interface is an original idea is self-delusional.

The option is available in the Chrome dev-build on my computer too, so I guess arknu might have it right; that they are making a better Chrome for touchscreens, changes in that would show up on all systems Chrome (OS) is used on then.

I personally don't think it would be a good idea to create Chrome OS-tablets. That would be bad for the looks of Android tablets I guess. Love to see a Chrome OS/Android merger though!

Very plausible. It may even use Motorola branding for the purpose and make it exclusive to Motorola so that it could generate revenues! It can't do exclusivity with Android yet (at least for 5 more years), then why not do it with Chrome?!

google is quite stubborn at terms of the design from google chrome. Actually no really integration in any system. Okay, Chrome OS is the own product.... however

Might this option not be connected to the upcoming Metro release of Chrome, if it is available on Windows as well?

arknu said,
Might this option not be connected to the upcoming Metro release of Chrome, if it is available on Windows as well?
My initial reaction when I discovered the flags more than a week ago.