Schmidt says Chrome OS designed for keyboard, not touch

Darren Allan

November 16, 2010

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, has been talking about the Chrome operating system at the Web 2.0 summit.

Electronista reports that he revealed that the Chrome OS has been built to work with a keyboard, rather than with touchscreen support in mind.

In other words, Chrome is targeted at netbooks and notebooks, rather than the swiftly expanding tablet market which has been picking up pace since the launch of the iPad back in April.

Google will keep Android as the primary OS for tablets, with the next generation of the operating system, Gingerbread, designed to better support slates (strictly speaking, Froyo is really for phones, not tablets).

However, this doesn’t mean we won’t see tablets which are powered by Chrome, as it’s not necessarily a hard and fast rule. But this is what the respective OS architects have had in mind.

A release date for the Chrome OS didn’t surface, although it’s expected that it isn’t too far away. Gingerbread, the next version of Android, is certainly imminent.


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