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A key touch feature from Android is availble in Chrome OS

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Although the Chrome OS platform isn’t known as touch-friendly software, there are some touchscreen Chromebooks on the market. And Google has slowly added more features to take advantage of these screens. The latest, according to Google’s François Beaufort, brings a key feature from the Chrome browser for Android to make web browsing easier in Chrome OS.

When tapping links in [company]Google[/company]’s Chrome for Android, you’ll sometimes see the browser surface a small bubble to zoom in on the link. This happens particularly in the case where several links are in close proximity and the reason it occurs is so that Chrome doesn’t accidentally follow the wrong link. By zooming in, you can make sure the correct link is tapped.

It’s a handy feature and is now available in Chrome OS. Since this is experimental, you’ll have to enable it, which is an easy process. Simply type chrome://flags in the Chrome OS browser and find the enable-link-disambiguation-popup option. Enable it and restart the browser to activate the feature.

disambiguation popup Chrome OS

I’ve long wanted a Chrome OS tablet and this would make such a device easier to use. So too would the software keyboard Google began adding to the platform in April of last year. Even so, Chrome OS isn’t yet optimized for touch input — nor are some web sites — so even though we’re a step closer to a Chrome tablet, I think my wait will continue.

2 Responses to “A key touch feature from Android is availble in Chrome OS”

  1. Rann Xeroxx

    One of the things I really do not understand is why Android OS has never achieved success in a clamshell form factor. People claim that Android is awkward to use with a mouse and keyboard but I run Bluestacks all the time and have zero problems running Android with a KVM. The HP Slatebook 14 is about the closes a commercial product came to achieve this but that rig was $420, good specs but why over priced to compare with ChromeBooks. There are some monitors that are coming with the ability to be used a stand alone Android devices so you get two products for the price of one.

    I have run Chrome and Chrome Apps from my computer, even putting the ChromeApp launcher in the task bar but frankly I like the Android tablet apps better then most of the Chrome Apps (not all, there are some very nice Chrome Apps).

    Just my little Android/ChromeOS rant.

  2. infiXnitive

    Good deal. After using a smartphone for even a short time, I found myself constantly instinctively reaching out to poke my monitor, which would do nothing but leave a faint fingerprint. Then I bought a C720P, the little Acer Chromebook with a touch panel. While it’s true that the UI targets are often rather small, touch interaction is simple and natural enough that I can’t imagine buying a computer without a touch screen. Nice to see Google working on this angle.