Microsoft is not the only one who thinks touch-screen laptops are a good idea, it appears. Google is reportedly planning a touch-enabled Chromebook for the end of 2012, and may even sell it under its own brand.
Google has ordered 20 million units of the device from its Taiwan-based manufacturer, Compal, the Chines Newspaper reports. The report says the size of the order indicates it’s “tentative,” though it’s probably a decent size for Chromebooks, which have not been huge sellers for Google. Sales have so far been so small that NPD, a research company that measures sales of electronics, does not even bother mentioning them.
A touch Chromebook mirrors what Microsoft has done in Windows 8 — putting touch-screen abilities into the “traditional” form factor of a laptop. However, it’s unclear if Google will modify Chrome OS on the new machine to better work with touch as Microsoft did with Windows. Or it could be the first product to run both Android and Chrome, or a merged version of both (it’s been rumored Google is planning to unite the two OSes).
The report says Google could release the new Chromebook as early as December, though the last month of the year is generally regarded as a poor time to launch a new product.
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