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22 June 2010, 11:33

Dell confirms its working with Google on Chrome OS

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Dell Logo Computer manufacturer Dell has confirmed that it is currently "in talks" with Google over its Chrome operating system (OS). According to Reuters, Dell President for Greater China and South Asia Amit Midha said that, "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."

Google announced Chrome in July of last year and the initial release will run on x86 processor based laptop PCs and netbooks. Support for the ARM architecture is expected to follow shortly thereafter. The Chrome OS features a lightweight architecture based around a Linux kernel running a "new windowing system" which in turn runs a version of the company's Chrome web browser.

This isn't the first time that Dell has worked with Google to use one of its open source operating systems. Previously, Dell has developed various Android-based devices, such as its recently released Streak tablet and the Mini 3i smartphone.

Apart from Dell acknowledging they are discussing the use of Chrome with Google, no specific details have been released or announcements made. Google has previously said that it expects to see the first Chrome OS based devices hit the market in the "late fall".

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