Now that Google (GOOG) has released smartphones and tablets under its own name, it was only a matter of time before it started releasing its own self-branded Chromebook computers as well. Unnamed sources have told the Chinese-language China Times that Google plans to launch a 12.85-inch Chromebook with touchscreen capabilities by the end of the year. And unlike with the Nexus 4 smartphone or the Nexus 7 tablet, Google isn’t going to a big-name OEM to produce the new Chromebook either, as China Times’ sources say Google is directly employing Taiwan-based Compal Electronics as its OEM, while tapping Wintek to supply touch panels.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.