Google announces hardware partners for Chrome OS

Google is working with at least ten hardware suppliers to support its Chrome operating system due for release next year.

Google is working with at least ten hardware suppliers to support its Chrome operating system due for release next year.

"The Chrome OS team is working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience," said a Google blog post.

These include PC makers Acer, ASUS, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo, chip makers Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Freescale and Toshiba, and software company Adobe.

The open source, linux-based Chrome OS is to be fast, simple, secure and optimised for use on the web, said Google.

Google said it will focus initially on netbook users "who live on the web", but plans to take on competing operating systems on laptop and desktop computers as well.

Chrome OS will be available to use at no cost, said Google, which plans to open-source the project later this year.

"We're looking forward to working with the open source community and making our own small contribution to the great work being done out there," the Google blog post said.

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