Is HTC working on a hybrid Chromebook device?

There have been several blog posts and articles claiming that HTC is considering putting together a hybrid netbook device – maybe even a Chromebook variant – that runs both of Google’s Operating systems: Chrome and Android.

If this were true, it’s a remarkable feat and combining both platforms in one device is a market first, as far as we’re aware.

How might this work?

The fast-booting, low power charms of the Chrome OS as seen on the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks right now would be boosted by Android’s capacity to drive more intense, heavy-processing functions plus you’d have the added bonus of touchscreen technology that the smartphone and tablet users have come to love.

HTC has the capability and all the tools to run the Chrome OS on an ARM chipset instead of the popular but power-hungry Intel processors.

I’m still wondering why Samsung or Acer couldn’t be doing the same thing? That’s something else for the rumor mill.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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