Google has reportedly finalized touchscreen laptops running Chrome OS—perhaps that still mysterious but very interesting Chromebook Pixel is one of them? According to the Wall Street Journal, the devices are set to be available later this year, though it's unclear when. Our best guess would be soon after Google I/O in May.

What's interesting about the WSJ's claims is that "the new Chrome devices also would compete with devices powered by Google's other operating system, called Android." And that seems to be just fine with Google. Also interesting is how the search giant will alter the core of Chrome OS to make it more touch friendly. Right now, Chromebooks are built around the Chrome browser and interpreted into a desktop environment.

Will the ability to touch a Chromebook make them any more popular? The gap between touch and traditional PCs has slowly shrunk down, most recently demonstrated by Microsoft with its Surface devices.