News that Google is developing a dual-screen Chromebook in response to Microsoft’s Surface Neo.

The world of dual-screen devices is sure to expand beyond Android and Windows, and of course, Apple is sure to join this evolving trend at some point in the near future. There’s no doubt that Google doesn’t want to fall behind, and according to a recent report, the Mountain View search giant has begun research and development of a dual-screen Chromebook.

News that Google is developing a dual-screen Chromebook in response to Microsoft's Surface Neo.

The Chromebook prototype, which has two separate touch screens, codenamed “Palkia,” is a direct competitor to dual-screen Windows devices, including Microsoft’s recently released Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo.

Palkia, on the other hand, is still in its early stages, and it’s only as a concept, and we don’t know much about this mysterious Google Chromebook. The device has two touch screens and a trackpad, according to the source cited, but on the other hand, it has a separate form factor from a traditional laptop and cannot be used as a convertible tablet.

This is quite odd, especially now that collapsible devices are often designed to have two touch screens work together to significantly increase the available screen area. That’s the way Microsoft will use it on Surface Neo, and other vendors have already implemented it on their dual-screen devices.

For now, what Google is doing is experimenting with ideas before really finalizing hardware support for this new form in Chrome OS. Developers involved in the project say the existing prototypes are not supported by OEMs, meaning Google has not discussed the possibility of mass production of such devices, which in another way suggests that the whole thing is still very early.

Obviously more time is needed before Google gets ready for the dual-screen Chromebook, and more information is likely to spread online through unofficial channels.