Details in Google’s source code reveal that company programmers have begun building a tablet version of Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system.
The work isn’t a surprise, given that Google created mock-ups of a Chrome OS tablet more than a year ago. But it does indicate that a tablet incarnation of Google’s Web-app operating system is a near-term priority, not just an idea.
Google acknowledged the tablet version of Chrome OS but wouldn’t discuss details such as when the project’s first version will be done. “We are engaging in early open-source work for the tablet form factor, but we have nothing new to announce at this time,” the company said in a statement.
Chrome OS tablets, though, are not first on the list, the company said: “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.”
Chrome OS has been evolving since Google announced it in 2009. Initially it was aimed at Netbooks, the small, low-end laptops. But the first incarnation of Chrome OS–a pilot release intended for developers and testers rather than ordinary customers–arrived in a more polished laptop package called the Cr-48.
A tablet version of Chrome OS, though, raises a big question about Google’s strategy, because the company’s tablet version of the Android operating system, Honeycomb, is just now arriving on the market with Motorola’s Xoom and other products designed to compete with the leader of the tablet market, Apple’s iPad.
[fonte Cnet News]