According to a report this evening from the Wall Street Journal, Google’s Chromebooks are soon going to go touch.
Google Inc. has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet giant tries to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.
Interestingly, the new Chrome devices also would compete with devices powered by Google’s other operating system, called Android, which took the smartphone and tablet market by storm in recent years, propelling Google as a force in mobile-device software.
A video of a touch-enabled Chrome Pixel went viral last month, interestingly, but it was likely a mockup and not a real product. Google has long been rumored to be looking to Chrome tablets, with touch-enabled gestures being added to Chromium and other Android niceties like Google Now also being found in advanced betas of Chrome.
It would appear that, like Mac OSX and iOS for Apple, Chrome and Android are converging…slowly.