Google wants a tablet hybrid that runs Jelly Bean and Chrome OS
It’s probably true to say that Google‘s US$200 Nexus 7 tablet will soon end up in the pockets of every gadget-lover who can’t afford to spring for an iPad. And so it should – the Nexus 7 is packed full of neat gestures and tricks, courtesy of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a fantastic design thanks to the boffs at Asus.
But fickle as we are, our attentions have already turned to what Google is doing next. According to a patent unearthed by PatentBolt it hasn’t gone unnoticed in Mountain View’s big G towers that geeks are getting giddy about the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity’s detachable keyboard dock and the colourful Microsoft Surface in-case QWERTYs.
And Google has been working on a hybrid of its own: a tablet that comes bundled with a virtual keyboard and trackpad touchscreen that can be twisted and rotated to give tablet and laptop-style form factors.