Chromebooks are finally taking on detachables. HP and Google together have launched the HP Chromebook X2, a Chrome OS-powered device that's taking on the iPad and Surface Pro. With a simplified OS and great hardware, this might just be Google's year.
With a tablet and a detachable run behind it, Google is taking several steps to make Chrome OS more touch-friendly, including a new touchable UX for tablets and hybrids. The firm will also be redesigning the OS's launcher for tablet users.
Google is updating Chrome OS this year with a bevvy of design changes. The firm will bring user-facing elements of the operating system in line with Android;s upcoming redesign, and has added a dark theme and translucency to the system tray.
While Android P's developer preview currently runs only on Pixel devices, signs are emerging that Google intends to release this update to Chrome OS devices later this year. Code commits to the Chromium OS database have started making reference to P.
Upcoming Chromebook 'Nami' to ship with powerful specs, possibly superior to the Google Pixelbook. With what appears to be CPU cooler preparation in a recent commit, the device would pack a powerful processor especially for a Chromebook.
Qualcomm's processors already power high-end Windows PCs, but they'll now be fueling Chrome OS powered devices. The firm does't believe that value or low-end devices are interesting, and are keeping an eye out for the rising ASP of Chrome OS devices.