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Google’s Chromebooks have enjoyed rude health in the past 24 months, becoming a big seller in the US education sector, for starters. Then there’s the support for Android apps via the Google Play Store, slowly rolling out to more devices.
“The Chrome OS team is experimenting with a touch-friendly version of the launcher in Canary channel. Enable the chrome://flags/#enable-fullscreen-app-list flag, restart Chrome, and press the Search key to see it in action,” read the Google+ post.
ChromeOS has received a touch-focused redesign in an early version of its launcher
The touch controls allow you to swipe up to open the ChromeOS app drawer, launch apps with a touch and more.
The news means that we can reasonably expect the next stable version of ChromeOS (or the following one) to implement the touch-friendly design. It makes sense after all, as millions of Android apps hit the platform. So the new controls might make for a more pleasant experience overall, especially for those with convertible devices.
Still, those wanting to rush out and buy a Chromebook will need to wait for more devices to hit the country, with relatively few models available compared to other markets. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re buying a device that supports Android apps.