Look who’s on the Google Chrome OS bus

More info on Google Chrome OS is trickling out of the official blog, including an early FAQ that lists the companies currently onboard to support the effort. They include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, and  Texas Instruments.

Quite a telling  group of partners. HP and Acer are the top PC makers, and ASUS is the netbook leader, so the hardware support is secured. That they’ve signed up  three ARM  chip-makers (and no x86, at least not yet) is interesting. And Adobe practically ensures Flash support. Color me intrigued.

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  1. JC

    07/09/2009 at 4:46 am

    I’m more worried about what software we will run on the Chrome OS platform. They want software developers to use only web technologies to write their applications. Everyone hated that idea when Apple proposed it for iPhone. Why is it a great idea now?
    (Or does this mean, effectively, that Chrome OS is merely a conduit for Flash?)

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  2. Sumocat

    07/09/2009 at 7:49 am

    JC: The public opinion turnaround on web apps seemed pretty ridiculous to me too (for the record, I thought webapps for the iPhone was an adequate compromise at the time), but technology advanced and now more people recognize the potential. Gears provides offline functionality for online apps. HTML 5 offers more robust programming (and competes against Flash in several ways). Wireless broadband is more widely available. Times changes and opinions change with them.

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