|By Maureen O'Gara||
|February 22, 2013 08:00 AM EST||
Google, it seems, has built the first touchscreen laptops for its poorly received Chrome operating system.
The Wall Street Journal says the cloud-based widgets that run web apps should be out and about sometime later this year so Google can go "toe-to-toe" with Microsoft's touch-sensitive Windows 8 operating system.
It's thought the Touch Chrome devices will actually compete directly with Android, but that's apparently okay. According to the paper "The company has said it is comfortable having two competing systems that help boost Google services such as its web-search engine and YouTube."
Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and now HP are in the Chromebook trade.
The Journal says maybe 100,000 Chromebooks were sold in the US last quarter due to heavy promotion.