Google plans touchscreen Chromebook for 2013 - report
Chocolate Factory has ordered 20 million own-brand devices
Undeterred by the luke-warm response its partners have had launching their browser-only Chromebook laptops, Google is set to hit the market with a touchscreen version at the end of 2012, according to reports from Taiwan.
The 12.85in notebook will be the Chocolate Factory’s first own-branded effort, with Taiwanese OEM giant Compal set to build the devices and Wintek to provide the all-important touch panel display, said China Commercial Times, citing supply chain sources.
Ever the optimist, Google has apparently ordered 20 million units to be going on with components shipping this month and the device itself expected at the earliest by the end of the year.
They certainly didn’t set the world on fire in 2011, and Google will have to compete with old foe Microsoft, whose Windows 8-based Surface has been making quite a splash across the planet, although not to everyone’s taste.
As to how Google’s partners will react to news it will be own-branding a device remains to be seen.
Acer certainly didn’t take very kindly to Redmond’s Surface plans recently, with Acer chairman JT Wang urging Microsoft to "think it over". ®
The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook is an excellent bit of kit. Boots in seconds, a keyboard makes it more useful than a tablet. I suddenly find I am using it more than my desktop. It would seem I use a browser (including web mail) more than I rip DVDs, play games, edit photos/video etc.
Performance browsing the web has no issues whatsoever. ARM processor, no fan, hardly any heat. This is what a Netbook should have been from the start.
Just give up on Chrome OS already
Use it as an information-station OS, sell it to bus companies for the timetables, but why even bother with this dumb terminal shite when Android exists?
Hell, why not just use Chrome, and have it as an OS that works as a layer over any other OS? Would be a damn site more useful than the current "your computer is a browser" crap.
Re: A bold prediction
If they end up running Android instead of Chrome they may actually do better.
A bold prediction
I predict that they will do no worse than the Windows 8-based Surface devices.
Re: When will Google realise
When they merge ChromeOS into Android, probably about 2015, Android 8, codenamed "Apple Crumble".