Chrome OS is a less popular operating system coming from Google at the moment, but there are promises that would see big “screentime” for Chrome OS in the near future. Currently the operating system is used on Chromebook devices. The latest Chromebooks were introduced at CES in the form onf the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Samsung Chromebook Pro. The integration of such devices in the education system has us seeing more purpose behind Chromebooks and the Chrome OS software in general.
According to Rajen Sheth which acts as Google’s Android/Chrome director of product, we can expect more uses being brought to the company’s proprietary operating system. As laptops and 2 in 1 hybrid computing devices have been already explored, it’s time for tablets to be introduced to Chrome OS. This initiative is encouraged by the success of Chromebooks in education, where they are seen as viable and efficient tools.
Google is hard at work perfecting the touch technology used in many device types these days. It appears that their goal is to make Chrome OS and Chromebooks more touch friendly in an initiative to “open doors” for OEMs. This would result in the market appearance of multiple types of Chrome OS based devices, including tablets.
A first clue of this and also a first step in that direction is the fact that new Chromebooks models come with advanced support for Android apps and touch technology. While it’s been made clear that Google plans on bringing these possibilities for OEMs it is uncertain whether or not it will pick up the hammer itself. We might see the Android developer just filling out orders for Chrome OS tablets, or maybe see Google-made tablets feature the software.
The recently released Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are proof that Google is capable of coming out with high end, market capable solutions without the need of any third party manufacturer. It will be interesting to see where the Chrome OS will take Google and indirectly OEMs that will benefit from it.
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