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CES 2010: Qualcomm Polishes Chrome

LAS VEGAS -- 2010 International CES -- Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)'s Dr. Paul Jacobs discussed how 2010 will be the year that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) fully extends its reach into the world of mobile computing during the keynote sessions here this morning.

You can watch a video of Jacobs's remarks right here.

Already this week, Google has launched the Nexus One, a Google-branded phone designed and built by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), and inked a major partnership with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). MIPS Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS; OTC: MIPBV), meanwhile, has been demonstrating set-top boxes using the Android operating system here in Vegas. (See Google Leads CES Device Cavalcade.) Qualcomm's Jacobs revealed the third edge of Google's mobile triangle Friday with more chipset integration work coming from his company and a sneak peak of a HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) prototype smartbook, the first from the company to use the Android OS.

Specifically, Qualcomm is now working to ensure smooth integration with its wireless chipset with Google's upcoming OS for netbooks, which is called Chrome. The San Diego-based CDMA pioneer has already done similar work with the Android smartphone code, notably with the "Snapdragon" chipset.

"Chrome OS is going to be on our list of supported operating systems... as Google moves to launch later this year," Jacobs told the crowd.

That wasn't the only Google surprise Jacobs had up his sleeve, however. Later in the presentation, he brought out HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) (HP) people to demonstrate a prototype Android-based netbook that continues receiving data even when you shut it off. [Ed note: Take that, unlimited wireless plan!]

The computer maker isn't saying if and when it will launch the netbook, but the "prototype" appeared fairly well developed. The HP device looked a bit like a tiny iBook and sported a full keyboard and a touchscreen, along with applications to access Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) email and office applications.

Nonetheless, a move into Android devices is more likely now that computer competitor Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) has said it will offer Google's OS on its smartphone. (See Dell Unwires Some More .)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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