The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, says Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has successfully developed a Chromebook with a touchscreen, to be released to the public at a date later this year.
News of the development would imply that now Chromebook users will enjoy the same level of touch screen fun that Windows 8 users have been playing with since last year.
With the growth of Android, Google’s mobile OS, it is a logical step that Google increase its presence in the tablet and PC industry, as it is already such a prominent force in the web world.
Details on the new touchscreen computer are scarce, but those familiar with the industry are guessing it will run on Google’s Pixel, the laptop OS built specifically for the Chromebook.
Recently, Google announced — much to the dismay of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) — that it is going to pursue opening its own retail stores, where the touchscreen Chromebook would make a lovely addition to Google’s slim line of tangible consumer goods.
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