Dell Now a Chrome OS Partner?

Published on June 21, 2010
by John Paczkowski

What companies is Google working with to support Google Chrome OS?

The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.”

Google Chrome OS – FAQ, July 8, 2009

dellguy1Google’s Chrome operating system is still months from market, but it is already generating interest among PC makers who wonder if it might offer an alternative to Windows. Among them: Dell (DELL), which is in talks with Google (GOOG) about using Chrome in some of its laptops.

“We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years, three years down the road, so we continuously work with Google on this,” Amit Midha, Dell’s president for Greater China and South Asia told Reuters. “There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront….So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders.”

An interesting remark, though perhaps not entirely unexpected. After all, Dell is already using Google’s Android mobile OS in its new Streak tablet and Aero smartphone. That said, Dell was not named in Google’s initial official list of Chrome OS partners or in the updated list that followed.

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