Acer “Chromepad” Breaks Cover

What we’re looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or “Chromepad”) offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:

  • Faster boot speeds
  • Free-floating, resizable windows
  • Support for Chrome browser extensions
  • More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
  • 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker

All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you’re using/not using now.

Unfortunately it’s entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it’s just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it’s certainly an intriguing idea.

Source: Liliputing (1) (2)

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