HTC has become one of the best manufacturers of Android smartphones recently and it looks as though they could be taking their skills to the next level as they are contemplating creating a Chrome/Android OS device, but what will it be?
Google’s Chrome is already the key feature of a range of products including Chromebook laptops and the Chrome OS, but these have failed to gain the success in the market which the company intended. According to Cnet, HTC will be developing their own Chromebook for next year that will feature the best parts of both Google’s software, Android and Chrome.
As Cnet explains this new hybrid product could take the form of HTC Shift, which they descried as having an over-sized keyboard, or it could be a laptop/tablet combination similar to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. It is also unclear how the two OSs would work with one another on the device. One of the suggestions was perhaps Android would be used for regular tasks and Chrome used for more complicated activities.
Electronics retailer is predicting big things for a device like this next year, saying they believe 10% of computers sold in 2012 will be Chromebooks, despite the poor sales these products have produced so far. Their optimism relies on getting the right manufacturer for the products, which will result in the correct hardware and more focus on the benefits for the consumers. Reports are also suggesting that if the device does turn out to be a Chromebook, in order for them to have success the price of it will have to drop to around $199 in order to attract consumers.
What do you think the new Chrome/Android OS product will be?