There have been contrasting reports of the Chrome making its way in tablet PCs, even though the Chrome OS from Google is primarily aimed at notebooks. Laptops running the Chrome OS takes 10 seconds to boot and the browser is the first screen that the user is presented with. These devices are called Chromebooks.
Now for all those who have been expecting anything of that sort in a tablet PC, well here is some hope since Google had categorically ruled out Chrome OS for tablet PCs earlier. The reasons are obvious as there does exist the risk of such a combination eating into the market share of tablets running Android. However, while there still isn’t any official confirmation of Google also working on a tablet version of the Chrome OS, here is a video posted by François Beaufort showing what the tablet version of the Chrome is like. Looks like some of those in the Chrome development team have been also working on a tablet version.
The most striking feature of the Chrome OS for tablet PCs is the large sized icons that make it easy to tap with fingers, something that is of importance for a tablet like device that is intended to work without the help of a mouse pointer.
Touchscreen devices also lack a physical keyboard to type on, which is why Chrome OS has also provided for a virtual keypad on screen. The virtual keyboard has been designed much like the ones that are seen on Samsung and Acer Chromebooks, with keys that are large and have a slightly rounded edge.
The auto complete features that we are used to in all browsers is also available with the Chrome OS, though the suggestion appears not as a drop down menu but as a list of options that appear in horizontal sequence at the bottom of the screen, which are again large enough for easy tapping with fingers.
So while a Chrome enabled tablet is still very much lacking, here is the video that can provide us the feel of the real thing.
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