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Chrome OS to support ARM and Tegra?

A peek at Chrome OS’s git repository reveals a few juicy details about the kind of hardware Google is poised to support with its upcoming operating system.

Read on to find out more.

For a browser-based OS that has yet to hit the market, Google’s Chrome OS certainly takes the cake when it comes to the amount of hype that it has generated for itself, and it seems that there has been no lack of developers coming forward to contribute code to the Linux-based operating system.

Out of curiosity, we had a peek at kernel source code which is available at the git repository at src.chromium.org after a tip off from an Ars Technica article which claimed that there are currently changes regarding ARM support being made in the kernel source.

True enough, clicking on kernel.git revealed a whole set of additions for ARM, or more specifically, ARM-related commits for both Qualcomm and Samsung, suggesting that Google’s plan for Chrome OS goes beyond that of the standard x86/x64-based devices it originally intended to run the operating system on.

A look at Nvidia’s branch in the kernel tree also reveals that support for Tegra is currently underway, hinting that Nvidia may have a strong interest in getting Chrome OS to work with its own System on a Chip (SoC) offerings, which makes it highly possible that Tegra chips might be found in some Chrome OS-powered mobile devices (Google did announce that they wanted Chrome OS to be bundled with decent graphics processors).

Lastly, we also found a few other interesting details about the state of hardware support for Chrome OS in the repositories, although the particular commit for wireless drivers in the kernel was particularly impressive, with more than 700 new files to be added:

With so many changes and additions being made to the Chrome OS kernel, it is readily apparent that Google is taking out-of-the-box hardware support for its operating system very seriously. And that’s always a good thing for consumers.

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