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Google Announces Chrome OS Partners

Google released more facts about its just-announced Chrome operating system in a short FAQ, Michael Arrington reports. As most people guessed, the open source software will be free to users and device manufacturers like Android, Google's mobile OS. Google also announced some of the manufacturers who will roll out Chrome OS devices late next year. They are: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.

Arrington notes that Acer and ASUS are the No. 1 and 2 netbook manufacturers worldwide, while HP and Lenovo are also major players in that space. Freescale, Qualcomm and TI are chip companies that Google is "likely working with to ensure a good user experience." Arrington surmises that the two main focuses for building Chrome-powered computers are driver support and speed. The former ensures that users can plug any printer, camera or other device into Chrome-powered computers, while the latter is why Google is working so closely with the chip companies.

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