Is HTC working on a dual-boot Android/Chrome tablet?

Is HTC working on a dual-boot Android/Chrome tablet?Android's success as a mobile OS is well established, so much so that it's easy to forget Google has another operating system knocking about in the mobile landscape too.

We're talking about Google Chrome, of course, and while so-called 'Chromebooks' have yet to make much of a mark on the portable computing market, HTC seems to think there's something there worth taking a punt on.

According to DigiTimes, HTC is working on a dual-boot device running both Android and Chrome, but suggests it might not be along the lines of the Chromebooks that have emerged thus far from the likes of Samsung and Acer, netbook-style laptops that have thus far failed to sell in any kind of serious numbers.

Instead it suggests HTC could well be looking at giving the concept a twist and delivering a hybrid device such as the Asus Transformer Prime, one of the more innovative takes on the Android OS we've seen so far.

The theory makes a fair amount of sense, too. With netbooks struggling to hold onto market space in the face of the advancing tablet industry, the future for low-power portable laptops could well lie in devices like the Transformer Prime. Which is ironic, of course, as it was Asus' own Eee PC that established the netbook market in the first place.

HTC is all set to reveal its quad-core Quattro tablet early next year – hopefully at Mobile World Congress. But could the Taiwanese firm have something a little more interesting up its sleeve too? We'll have to wait and see.

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blizzard7  Nov. 26, 2011 at 13:34

Windows 8 will be where it's at in 2012. Wouldn't be surprised if HTC jump on board.


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