When Google announced plans to launch a Google Chrome Operating System this morning, the company mentioned that netbooks running the OS should be available by the second half of 2010. It didn’t say who would be making those netbooks.
I had a chance to ask an ASUS representative for comment this afternoon, and the official response was that Asus doesn’t comment on upcoming products. Apparently that’s not Google’s policy though, because the company published another blog post this afternoon outlining a partial list of hardware partners.
The list doesn’t quite cover every company that’s ever put out a netbook. But with the notable exceptions of Dell, Samsung, and MSI, most of the biggies are here, including Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo. Google Chrome Operating System will be able to run on x86 and ARM processors, and a few of the biggest names in ARM-based chips are on the list too, including Freescale, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.
Does this mean we’ll definitely see Chrome-based netbooks from all of these companies? No. No it does not. But Google is at least working with each of them during the early stages of development.