Acer to Launch ChromeOS Tablet This Month? Probably Not

Rumors tablet2.141[1]have been circulating for 4 years that Google wanted to build a ChromeOS tablet and now it looks like the rumors might be about to come true.

Acer sent out an invite earlier this week for a press event. Specific details are scarce, but that hasn't stopped one pundit from speculating that Acer could be launching a tablet running ChromeOS. What evidence does he have?

Close to none, actually, which is why I tend to doubt this speculation.

Yes, Google has been regularly releasing updates which improved how Chrome performed with a touchscreen, and that is probably a sign that they want to get Chrome on to a tablet. In some ways it is the stronger OS, and it handles large screens better than Android, so I would think that this would be an attractive option on 10" tablets.

And yes, Google even teased us with a concept design in early 2010.

Chrome OS Tablet 1

But in spite of all the details pointing towards a Chrome tablet, I also know that this Chrome tablet speculation has been bandied about at least 4 times in the past couple years. It seems that every time a major tablet was about to be released, some blogger somewhere raises the possibility that it might run Chrome.

Folks, I would be terribly surprised if Acer did launch a Chrome tablet at the end of this month. This is another unicorn rumor, IMO.

After 4 years of speculation, I am beginning to wonder whether the tech blogosphere wants a Chrome tablet more than Google does. With dozens and dozens of tablets launched in the past 4 years from major device makers, Google has passed up untold opportunities to release a Chrome tablet.

And what with the new focus on Android (Android TV and Android Wear), I suspect that Google now sees Android as their main focus, not Chrome.

Google could have launched a Chrome tablet by now if they had wanted one, or if nothing else they could have gotten out of the way of a tablet maker and let someone else make it. The complete lack of Chrome tablets is probably a sign that Google is blocking them.

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1 Comment on Acer to Launch ChromeOS Tablet This Month? Probably Not

  1. I’m not even sure why they’d want one either, unless to push into the education market, but Chromebooks already do that. And really, I think a Chromebook will almost always be superior experience to a ChromeTab – with the actual keyboard being the driving factor, followed close by the price. I love my HP 14 CB

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