Some people believe that the next version of Android tablets will be Chromebooks.

Based on the latest multiple changes to the Chromium Repository, it seems like the South-Korean tech giant is working on a detachable Chromebook. If the news turns out to be, the device could be among the first 2-in-1 devices that run the ChromeOS and full-sized Android apps simultaneously.

Currently, around 60 Chromebooks can run Android apps, Many of these devices are convertible, letting people fold the device back to use it as a tablet. While this is easy and convenient to detach the keyboard when you don’t need it, it means to use the Chromebook as a table,  you would have to deal with pretty much weight and thickness.

The folks over at Chrome Unboxed, who are famous for discovering new devices and features hidden within the Chromium Repository, noticed alterations to the code in back in October that hints toward a new Chromebook being developed called “Nautilus.” What made this device different was several lines of text that can be read below:

This function is called whenever there is a change in the base detect * status. Actions taken include:

* 1. Change in power to base

* 2. Indicate mode change to host.

* 3. Indicate tablet mode to host. Current assumption is that if base is

* disconnected then the system is in tablet mode, else if the base is

* connected, then the system is not in tablet mode.

Nautilus board.c file

At that moment, Chrome Unbox wasn’t able to identify which company was working on the Chromebook except a small BIOS firmware vendor called AMI (American Megatrends).  That all changed yesterday when new commits were made to the repository by Jongpil Jung. As Chrome Unboxed points out, Jung, who happens to have his Samsung email address linked to the repository, was named as part of the Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus development process.

At the moment, there are insufficient details about the device except that it will be a 2-in-1 device and run on a Kaby Lake Intel processor.


Based on the news, we can say that the device is in its early stages of development. For more updates, stay tuned!

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