Google Chrome OS is an operating system designed around the Chrome web browser. Right now it’s available on Chromebook laptops and Chromebox desktop computers. But what about tablets?
We’ve seen signs that the developers behind Chrome OS were working on a tablet-friendly user interface in the past. But it looks like there are currently no Chrome OS tablets in the works.
Google VP Linus Upson told TechRader point blank that Google is “not working on a Chrome OS tablet.”
In other words, Chrome OS is for laptops and desktops. Android is for phones and tablets.
Of course, we’ve seen desktop and laptop computers that can run Android… and there’s even a Chrome browser for Google’s Android operating system. So the lines are a little fuzzy.
But Chrome OS has always been a fuzzy concept. It’s still not entirely clear why Google thinks that users would want an operating system that runs almost nothing but a web browser instead of an operating system that runs a browser and thousands of other apps — especially if the latest Chromebook and Chromebox models cost about as much as budget Windows laptop or desktop computers.