Google’s Chromebooks, in case you haven’t heard of them by now, are basically laptops that run only one application: Chrome. There are several models available at various price points, the cheapest being an Acer unit for $199 that uses an Intel chip. There’s also a Samsung unit that uses the company’s own Exynos 5 ARM based processor; it costs $249.

According to a rumor from DigiTimes, which we have to stress is a site that has a mixed track record, Google is working on a touch screen enabled Chromebook. Said device allegedly has a 12.85 inch screen, but here’s where things get interesting: Instead of Google asking Samsung or Acer to make them this new machine, Google is going to launch this touch Chromebook under their own brand.

The story goes on to say that Compal will be doing the assembly, which should kick off by the end of the year. Realistically speaking, when would this device actually launch? We’re speculating here, but we think this would be the perfect device to announce at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Why? Because just about every laptop maker on the face of the planet is going to announce a Windows 8 machine there. Google could leverage the hype those machines are going to generate by pitching their machine as a Windows 8 substitute.

Speaking about Windows 8, that OS was made specifically for touch in mind. Chrome OS, the way it’s shipping today, isn’t exactly touch friendly. Is Google planning on overhauling the OS to make it easier to use with your fingers? If so, why is Google pouring so much effort into Chrome OS instead of Android?

There are a lot of unanswered questions here that we should be getting the answers to early next year. We here at Android Authority just want one thing, we wish Google made Chromebooks easier to buy in countries other than the United States and the United Kingdom.