Chrome OS being built for tablets

By on April 10, 2011
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Source code findings reveal that Google has begun work on a tablet version of its Chrome OS.

According to CNET, Google has already begun work  a tablet-friendly version of its Chrome OS, after the website found a series of strings in the operating system’s source code that revealed as such.

A ‘user-string’ has been added to the browser that notifies the web servers to deliver the appropriate version of the website to it, in this case a touch-friendly one. The string is called ‘CrOS Touch’. The browser can also sport a virtual keyboard of sorts, with a number keyboard keys such as tab, delete, microphone, return (Enter) and shift. The keyboard is drawn in SVG so it can be used by a browser. CNET also notes UI items now have an increased space between them so as to make it easier to be use on a touch device. One of the touch-optimized interface is the new-tab page which now has a “multiple screens of icons in the style of iOS devices”.

So far Google have acknowledged the news but would not provide specific details. “We are engaging in early open-source work for the tablet form factor, but we have nothing new to announce at this time.” Google said that for the moment they are solely concentrating on getting the OS on notebooks. “Chrome OS was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of form factors. We expect to see different partners build different kinds of devices based on Chrome OS, but for this initial release we are targeting the notebook form factor.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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