Why Google Inc. Needs a Chromepad

The laptop market is changing, and with it our expectations of what a mobile device can do. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) is already catering to this shift at the low end of the market with the Chromebook. Why not also add a convertible tablet? Senior tech analyst Tim Beyers explains the idea in the following video.

The ASUS Transformer running Android. Credit: ASUS.

Google is aiming to be a go-to provider of cloud services for both consumers and business users, but that won't be easy to achieve without also having a business-class device to put in users' hands. The Pixel helps, certainly. But at a minimum $1,299 price point, it's too easy for shoppers to simply opt for a MacBook Air.

Meanwhile, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) is already chasing the business market by offering a $650 rebate to those who trade in a MacBook Air for the new Surface Pro 3 convertible between June 20 and July 31. That's business that could go to Google, Tim says, which has not only a growing base of Chromebook users but also a financial interest in getting more users trying its apps suite. A well-designed, cost-effective "Chromepad" might win them over.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Would you like to see Google make a robust convertible capable of replacing a laptop? Please watch the video to get the full story and then leave a comment to let us know your take, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Google stock at current prices.

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Tim Beyers

Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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