In recent months we have seen Google’s Chrome OS notebooks and now we are getting a glimpse of how the operating system would
work on a tablet.
Web developer Francois Beaufort has compiled the latest
software build of Chromium, the open source browser on which the Chrome OS is
based, and has posted a video showing how it will look on tablets. We don’t
even know yet if Google will support the operating system on tablet devices but
it’s nice to get to see what it will look like if it ever does.
With everything based on the browser, the first thing that
you notice from the video (below), is that everything has been super-sized
including buttons, fields and icons. This of course is to accommodate those of
us using our less-than-dainty digits instead of a mouse pointer.
As you would expect much of the screen is taken up with an
onscreen keyboard which again sees over-sized buttons for easier typing. The
keyboard resembles those seen on the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks with slightly
rounded edges and increased finger real-estate.
One feature the video shows, and we particularly like, is the
prediction mode when typing in the search field. Instead of a long vertical
list which could interfere with the keyboard, you get a horizontal bar with large icons for each suggestion.
If you want to test the software yourself, you’ll need to compile the
open source version of Chrome OS with support for touch input on your own.