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Google partners with HP, Acer on Chrome PCs

No Dell Chrome PCs, but Lenovo and Asus

Google is working with several companies to develop PCs around the new Google Chrome OS, including HP and Acer, Google said in a blog post last night.

The new Chrome OS will compete against Microsoft Windows in netbooks, laptop computers and desktops. Google is developing the Linux-based operating system for heavy internet users, and it will begin appearing in netbooks in the second half of 2010, the company has said.

The list displays a vast regional spread among PC vendors, from the world's largest PC maker, HP, to China's biggest, Lenovo, and two of Taiwan's top vendors, Acer and Asustek Computer. Noticeably absent was Dell.

Google also listed three mobile phone chip developers in the posting, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Freescale Semiconductor. The world's biggest chip maker, Intel, was not on the list.

"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," the Google posting says.

HP could not immediately be reached for comment.

See also: Google Chrome OS: First impressions

(Agam Shah in San Francisco contributed to this report.)


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