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24 Nov 11 HTC Working On A Hybrid Chrome-Android Device

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The ChromeBooks were not as successful as the manufacturers expected, but some interesting rumors hit the web lately. It seems that HCT want to pre-load their tablets with Android’s Chrome OS, an operating system developed for tablets and netbooks.

HTC has big plans both on the smartphones and tablets market. Soon after Nvidia officially launched their Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, rumors indicated that the Taiwan-based company is working on two smartphones and a tablet powered by quad-core CPUs. Am a talking about HTC Edge and HTC Zeta, both powered by quad-core CPUs, and HTC Quattro, a tablet featuring a Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a Tegra 3 processor.

HTC is seriously thinking of developing a netbook/tablet running on a Chrome OS/Android hybrid. For the time being, the Chorome OS-powered HTC tablet is just a rumor, as the Taiwan-based company haven’t dismissed, nor confirmed the information, yet.

The ChromeBooks were not a market success, that’s why most of the manufacturers decided to cut off the prices lately. Despite the fact that Google Chrome OS is optimized for x86 and ARM processors and comes with fast boot up speeds, many of the laptop manufacturers are skeptical about it and avoid using it.. A few days ago Acer and Samsung cutoff their prices for their ChromeBooks. Thus, the 11.6-inch Acer AC700 ChromeBook can be yours for $349, while Samsung Series 5 has a price tag of $429..

Despite the fact that Acer and Samsung are struggling to come up with attractive prices for their ChromeBooks, sources say that the Chrome OS-powered devices should have a price around $199 in order to attract the customers. Anyway, it looks like HTC still believes in Chrome OS and after they helped Android to become the most popular mobile operating system in the world, now they are planning to combine the advantages of both Google’s operating systems, and build a tablet powered by a Chrome / Android hybrid.

Anyway no one knows yet how HTC’s new tablet looks like or its specs, but we don’t expect to see a traditional tablet. Sources close to the company claim that the Chrome OS-powered HTC tablet will be similar to the Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Who knows, maybe HTC will eventually manage to develop a ChromeBook that exploits all the advantages of Chrome OS and make Google’s operating system more popular.

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