Google said to be building Surface-like 2-in-1 Chromebook

Google's next Chromebook could be something special. Photo: Acer

Google’s next Chromebook could be something special. Photo: Acer

Google’s Chromebook lineup could get a whole lot more exciting this year as the company prepares to take on the Microsoft Surface and similar devices.

Sources claim the search giant is developing a new 2-in-1 notebook that runs both Android and Chrome OS that will be completed by the end of this quarter.

Chromebook shipments surpassed all expectations in 2014, reaching a total of 6.5 million units, but 85% of those sales were in the U.S. Google is hoping to build upon this success and attract international customers by making Chrome OS laptops even more appealing, sources say.

Google’s new Chromebook, which is currently being built by Quanta Computer, DigiTimes reports, is a lot like the Surface; its touchscreen can be detached from its keyboard to allow it to serve as a tablet. But its hardware isn’t exactly its most exciting aspect.

Google’s device will reportedly run Chrome OS just like any other Chromebook while it’s in laptop mode, then switch to Android when used as a tablet. So you’ll get a useful catalog of web apps when you need to get stuff done, and all the touch-based apps you know and love when you want to kick back with Netflix, play games, or just browse the web.

The device is expected to demonstrate “a dramatic advance in [Google’s] progress integrating Android and Chrome OS,” DigiTimes reports. Similar 2-in-1 Chromebooks are also expected from Google’s partners throughout 2015.

While a Chromebook that turns into a tablet and also runs Android is an exciting prospect, it’s always best to take DigiTimes reports with a pinch of salt. The outlet has a very spotty track record, so until the move is confirmed by Google, I wouldn’t get too excited.