updated 09:35 pm EST, Mon November 15, 2010
Android to maintain focus on touchscreen input
Google CEO Eric Schmidt took time at the Web 2.0 summit to clarify his company's strategy for Chrome OS devices. The executive reaffirmed that Google designed Chrome OS around devices that provide a hardware keyboard for input, rather than the touch-only configuration common to most tablets on the market.
Schmidt did not explicitly rule out the possibility that some manufacturers may run Chrome OS on tablets, as the open-source software will be a flexible platform adaptable to a wide range of hardware. Although current Android builds lack specific optimizations for tablets, Android 3.0 is expected to represent a viable platform for larger touchscreens.
Chrome OS is set to launch sometime in the next few months on netbooks powered by Intel and ARM processors. Unconfirmed reports suggest the search giant will release a Google-branded smartbook built by Inventec, while other devices are expected from Acer and HP.