The overall look of the new tab page in Chromium is being changed, possibly to reflect an addition of touch capabilities. You can see the new look in this screenshot taken from a recent Chromium build with the “Experimental new tab page” switched on in “about:flags”. The main differences appear to be larger icons, a toggle system for multiple pages of app and a garbage can to get rid of unused icons.
This may be an indication that Google wants Chrome to offer touch for hardware devices. A hybrid gadget that entails both a laptop and a tablet may be in the works, but most computers like that are priced somewhat high. I’m not sure that the price point of Chrome OS will allow for a device like that, at least not in the near future.
One of the most challenging things about this is making the operating system work with both touch and a mouse. Designers must find a balance between the two and there are nuances to consider when doing this. Nevertheless, a product like the Samsung Sliding 7 would be a great fit for Chrome OS.
Would you buy a hybrid Chrome OS device?