Seeing the full web is one of the best parts of using a Chromebook, but sometimes the web does not feel that full, especially if you're exploring it with a touch screen. Much of the Internet is still poorly optimized for touch, and desktop websites are still, first and foremost, designed for point-and-click experiences. With the launch of Pixel Slate, Google's senior product manager for Chrome OS, Kan Liu, confirmed in an interview that the company is aware that not all websites are going to be very good for a touch screen. To solve this problem, a next version of Chrome OS for tablets and Chromebook with touch ability will be added the option to render the mobile version of a web page.
In the next release, we also introduce the "Application tablet site" in Chrome in Pixel Slate, and with more and more touch screen devices out there, we hope the web continues to evolve to make it easier to play as well.
While it is true that confirming that a Chrome tablet is not always the best way to surf the web, it is good that Google is recognizing that this is the case, instead of simply making users tolerate it. After all, some desktop websites simply do not cooperate with touch input, with a totally out-of-control shift, impossible touch targets and unpredictable scaling. With this new switch, it will basically tell that website that it is an iPad, which could make things much easier to assimilate (and potentially improve performance).
Liu did not confirm what "next release" he was referring to, but I must expect this to be a kind of feature sooner rather than later, as Google rushes to polish the experience on his new Pixel Slate tablet – probably one of the first devices that You will get this new switch. And the one that probably needs it most.