There’s a show on called BETT at the moment, and though there’s been a few interesting ChromeOS announcements. ChromeOS has pivoted from just being cheap laptops that aren’t very useful, and now represents both a powerful platform in its own right (paired with Android), but a very popular option for the Education sector.

However, this surprising development doesn’t seem to be entirely education focused. Rather, Acer appears to have made a ChromeOS tablet. Tablets have long been kind of a dead concept to me (and many others) as Android on a tablet just feels like it doesn’t quite work. However, having used a Pixelbook since December, ChromeOS on a tablet is an entirely different story. It works really very well, and revives the form factor – I’d argue – making it something more useful.

https://twitter.com/Alister_Payne/status/956625508959227904

What do we know about this mythical beast? Precisely nothing. It’s not an announced product, and appears to be a pre-release unit. The only thing suggested is that this may come with a stylus, and if it’s to be of more serious use as a ChromeOS device, there’ll likely be a keyboard option as well.

ChromeUnboxed have been tracking the development of a ChromeOS tablet through changes in the Chrome code tree and though it’s unclear if this tablet from Acer is the same thing, it certainly looks like it could be.

I for one would LOVE an 8-inch ChromeOS tablet, and I’d use it very, very often. Please please please let more manufacturers develop something like this. A ChromeOS tablet, with Android apps, would be an incredibly powerful thing.

 

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Lindsay unfunk Freeman
Lindsay unfunk Freeman
2 years ago

“Android on a tablet just feels like it doesn’t quite work”

I honestly think Google shot themselves in the foot by removing TabletUI.

Fred
Fred
Reply to  Lindsay unfunk Freeman
2 years ago

Android works perfectly well on a tablet, but google screwed it up – first by making the app development for orientations and different sizes a mess, and then by making the UI a mess. They would have been much better off keeping the active elements all on the bottom (as per the TabletUI and where fingers are) and dumping the top bar entirely. I don’t think ChomeOS is going to work well on a straight tablet (given the need for a keyboard) but you could sensibly make a case for a combo Android/ChomeOS 2in1 (Android on chromeOS is imperfect). They… Read more »

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

I was just searching today to see if these existed. Awesome.

Will
Will
2 years ago

Omg yes finally! I’m so over Windows and the standard laptop form factor. A Tab S3 and keyboard dock running Chrome OS would be amazing

Geoff Fieldew
Geoff Fieldew
2 years ago

Something like this would be perfect to replace my aged Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 which is stuck on Android 7.0 with an April 2017 security patch!

Ross A Eldridge
Ross A Eldridge
2 years ago

I am very interested in chrome os as an operating system and frustrated by the poor presence held in Oz. I would love to know how ChromeOs is superior to android as I am typing this on my Pixel C, an android tablet which is one of the best products I have ever purchased. If chromeOs is better, it would be great to see how?

Narbett
Narbett
Reply to  Chris Rowland
2 years ago

Can you still use custom launchers on ChromeOS? And other system tweaks like MacroDroid and the like? I haven’t used it yet, though I do successfully use an Android tablet (by dint of patience and it being a 13″ screen)

Rod
Rod
2 years ago

Yes! 8″ with 4g and stylus support would let me drop the Tab I’m constantly having low storage issues with.