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RUMOR: Google's Chrome OS arriving next week

It seems a little birdy told TechCrunch that Google's Chrome OS has an early version launching next week. Here at Download Squad, we've been searching for clues about what this new browser-centered OS might look like. Early screenshots proved to be fake, and later ones seemingly depicted the browser component of the OS. Sources inside Google have said there's more to Chrome OS than that.

One thing we DO know is that the browser in Chrome OS will be able to mount drives and function as a system navigation tool. How will hardware support be in these early builds, though? Not good, TechCrunch speculates. Although Google and device manufacturers are on the case writing drivers for your favorite peripherals, don't count on all your devices working with Chrome OS right away.

As to which computers you'll be able to run it on, TechCrunch guesses it'll probably be a small group, including EEE PCs. Google's partners on the project are Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba, but that doesn't mean hardware or software from other companies won't be compatible.


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