After last week’s sighting of a Dell configuration for Google’s Chrome OS, we expected some word from Dell on where it stands with netbook or tablet devices running the Web-centric operating system. Now it seems that the company is indeed in talks with Google to use the OS, according to a Reuters interview with Amit Madha, Dell’s president for Greater China and South Asia.

“”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,” he said. “So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders.”

Madha wouldn’t make any specific announcements, but we expect to hear more closer to Chrome OS’s release this fall. Our previous report tagged HP as another company looking closely at Chrome OS, and we know that Acer is hard at work on its own devices using the OS.

Dell has adopted Google’s Android operating system in its upcoming Streak tablet, its Mini 3i smartphones in China, and it will also be seen in Dell’s upcoming Thunder smartphone. Buzz on the Streak has been great (despite it being a bit too large to use as a cellphone), so it’s no surprise that Dell would want to scope out Google’s other OS offerings.


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