Google is planning to launch a new Chrome OS touch-based 12.85-inch notebook with the electronic stylus, and it will sell under the same label.

China-based Commercial Times has published reports indicating that Google has awarded the touchscreen contract to Compal Electronics and Wintek for assembling the touch screens on the Google-branded notebook

Rumors have it that Compal will start shipping the device by the end of 2012, and continue the same in the early days of 2013. However, the initial run will be very limited – and it will be around 20 million units.

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In the year 2011, Digitimes, a Taiwan-based company managed to sell only 5,000 units of Chromebooks and Samsung had sold only very few. Google hasn’t disclosed any numbers of Chromebooks that are shipped.

However, Google has always been the best in terms of selling the Android devices. Asus is the company that branded Google Nexus 7 last month, and benefited greatly. The sales of new Nexus 7 have reached a million in the 3rd quarter of 2012.

However, Google is more persistent on Chrome operating system and making it available at an affordable price. Devices with Chrome OS have expanded with a set of retail partners. 

The recently revised Chromebook from Samsung is the top-seller in the market as well as in Amazon’s laptop category. The device has maintained this position for past 2 weeks.

However, Google has not confirmed its plans about the new Chromebook; product managers and engineers have acknowledged the recent media event highlighting the new Chromebook with new touch screens and you don’t need to mention that as a tablet, do you?

It is hardly a secret now – chrome website made it very clear that Chrome OS engineers are exploring touch screen user interface and tablets. The main question is that when devices start supporting, the touch interaction will be available.

The Chromium open-source code will be the basis for new Chrome OS; it includes several other references for touch-based interaction.

In addition to it, Google software engineer, who contributed the touch-based code to Chromium, of late notified that he has started implementing W3C Pointer Events spec that also provides a mechanism for handling the mouse clicks, pen interaction, and finger touches in Chrome.