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Google planning Nexus 7 hybrid tablet with Jelly Bean and Chrome OS?

If this patent is anything to go by, transforming Windows 8 slates won't be the only netbook destroyers by the time 2012 is out

It seems inevitable that Google’s £160 Nexus 7 tablet will end up in the pockets of every gadget fan who can’t afford an iPad. And so it should: the Nexus tab rocks a fine build thanks to Asus, gestures and tricks from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an earlier release (in the UK) than its would-be rival, Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

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.

The device would also be able to run more than one OS – Android Jelly Bean and Chrome OS anyone? – and the keyboard would activate or deactivate depending on how you use the tablet.

If Google does have a hybrid trick up its sleeve, we’d suggest cornering Samsung or Asus to make it before everyone gets too busy building Windows 8 machines ready for the autumn.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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