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Chrome OS to get touch screen UI redesign


This updated UI is available in the Canary (Pre-Beta) channel if you’d like to give it a try.

Touch screens are becoming more of a norm on laptops, as they should be. Chromebooks don’t necessarily have touch screens unless a manufacturer like Samsung or Acer adds their own spin to the unit, but in this case it could be changing soon. Google’s possible next Chrome OS update looks like it will have a touch screen friendly redesign. Since Chromebooks are getting updates to allow the Play Store to be active, having an actual touch-based Chromebook may help out too. Hey, sometimes it’s easier than using a mouse.

From the video above, a touch friendly launcher from Chrome OS could be in the next update as it’s live in the Chrome OS Canary (pre-beta) channel. And with it in pre-beta, you can test it out if you’d like. Do remember that it could be quite buggy, though it looks to be doing just fine so far. Maybe just don’t use it on your main Chromebook. Continuing on with the video, you can see that it has an Android N-like launcher, swiping up from the bottom to see all the application and a search bar just above that. Tapping on the voice search button will bring up a new window letting you speak what you’re trying to search and bring up your results with Chrome.

If you’re using a touchscreen Chromebook and plan on testing this out, let us know how it is. What do you guys think about Google finally adding in a touch screen launcher? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Engadget
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