Google: Working On A Touchscreen Chromebook?

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - As you probably know, Chromebooks are Google's ( GOOG) answer to other laptop/notebook designs. They run on a Linux-based operating system and offer Google's Chrome browser. Seriously, that's it. You're supposed to do everything you need a computer for in the browser and then store stuff "in the cloud," not, necessarily, on a built-in hard drive.

Buyers have recently been taking notice, thanks partly to the fact that Chromebooks sport low prices - in the $200 to $300 range. Recent designs from Samsung and Acer have been selling well. HP ( HPQ) and Lenovo have announced new Chromebooks of their own.

But, touchscreens are the next big thing. You can be sure that Microsoft ( MSFT) is counting on this trend. So, it's not really surprising there's now word that Chromebooks will soon be sporting touchscreen displays of their own.

According to a number of online rumors/reports, Google, inventor of the Android operating system, is currently working on a touchscreen Chromebook. Few details have emerged about this alleged project from either Google or any of its possible manufacturing partners.

We may hear more at Google's I/O developer conference, which kicks off May 15 - and see any finished products that could hit the marketplace in time for the year-end holiday shopping season.

Google has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on this story.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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