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Will Google's Faster Chromebooks Be Based On ARM?

Google has confirmed that it will release newer and faster Chromebooks in a bid to secure a bigger chunk of the notebook market, currently dominated by Apple.

The Chromebook represents Google's vision of a computing future based around cloud computing and served using ultraportable devices with smartphone features.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, told CNET, "we will improve on the dimensions of speed, simplicity, and security."

The ability to work (and save files) offline would go a long way towards making the Chromebook more user friendly.

Addressing the speed conundrum could mean either moving to Intel's newest mobile processors, based on the Medfield architecture, or swapping Intel for ARM just like it did for Google TV earlier this year.

Doing so may enable much cheaper computers, better battery life, a streamlined development process and ultimately a unified platform (with a future Ice Cream Sandwich sucessor).

Google's Sergei Brin already declared back in 2010 that ultimately both Android and Chrome OS could merge into a single operating system.

You can read a review of the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook on ITReviews and learn more about Chrome OS here.