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Google To Launch Netbook With Chrome OS Within Hours

Google has issued invites to selected journalists for an event which will take place on the 7th of December, one which many expect, will see the launch of the first device that runs Chrome OS, the company's elusive new operating system.

Chrome OS was unveiled last year and earlier this year, the tech giant confirmed that the operating system would be limited to netbooks, desktops and any other devices that use keyboards (although Google TV and keyboard-enabled smartphones both use Android OS).

Various rumours have pointed out to a netbook that uses an Intel Atom based platform (with the usual pros and cons) with a dedicated Chrome key.

Only 65,000 units are said to be produced for Google's closest "friends and family" (ed : not sure whether that include journalists as well).

We expect Google to launch the a new Chrome Store, the equivalent of Android Market, as well as the Nexus S (build by Samsung) and maybe Gingerbread as well.

Cloud-based Google Chrome OS is said to be still in beta version although it will boot faster than any other desktop operating systems. You can already download Chrome OS (Chromium OS) as a beta OS and install it on selected devices.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.