Acer, Asus, HP working with Google on Chrome OS

When Google announced Chrome OS yesterday, the company said it was working with "multiple OEMs" to release netbooks based on the operating system. However, it neglected to mention any names. Well, a short list of frequently asked questions on the official Google Chrome blog now sheds light on that subject:

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.

Last time we checked, Acer was the number one netbook manufacturer, followed at a distance by Asus in second place and HP in third. Google is therefore working with the top players in the market: companies that, put together, accounted for 61% of all netbook shipments worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

Collaboration might not guarantee all of these vendors will rush Chrome OS-based systems out the door, of course. But it's definitely a big deal.

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