For Google, Future of the Personal Computer Takes Many Forms

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Tablets, Keyboards, and Android

"Android is the fastest growing computing platform ever. These desktop machines haven't changed in 20 years," Google's Director of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte, told us. "There are so many ways computers can get so much richer, so much better, so much more immersive. Android is the perfect opportunity for us to do that. To change the status quo of how people use computers."

Duarte addressed the success of the Asus Transformer Prime, an Android tablet that comes with a keyboard dock. "Already our partners have started to explore that space. Sure, there are a lot of ways where Android does not yet have all the capabilities of a desktop system, but the path is clear: we want Android to work on desktops and laptops," he added. "I want people to touch and fling and gesture through things."

So we may not have to look like cyborgs just yet. But the computers we've lived with -- a screen, a keyboard, perhaps a mouse or other pointing device -- have already changed. And if Google has its way, there's much more to come.

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