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Google CEO: Chrome OS geared for keyboard input, not touch

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I feel like I've seen this before....

    Oh yea! This is just like that new revolutionary DOS operating system! All keyboard! Touch is a thing of the past! Soon they will abolish the mouse and we will be on to ticker tape again. Ahh, the progress of technology.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looking at the bright side...

    at least I get to use my floppy disk again. Woohoo!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    touch overrated

    Touch screens are overrated. The way the fanboys talk, if it isn't touch screen or touch-pad, it's useless c***. Except I can use a mouse to perform many a task my big fingers are lousy for. Scrubbing on a touch when playing music sucks compared to even the older iPod wheels. Using VNC becomes just guesswork as to where the pointer might go. Plus you basically need to redesign all apps, because, well, there's no mouse. It's all fingers.

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