The questionably-useful touchscreen on Google's Chromebook Pixel just got a new reason to exist. An on-screen virtual keyboard has been included with the latest developer build of Chrome OS for the laptop, possibly hinting at a future Chrome OS-based tablet device.

The keyboard can be enabled from the chrome://flags page, and looks very similar to early versions of the Android virtual keyboard. Chrome OS evangelist (and recent Google hire) François Beaufort notes that while the keyboard is functional, it's still in early testing and very much a work in progress. You can check it out in action in the video below, and look forward to what will likely be a very interesting Google I/O conference in a couple of weeks.