* Qcom to support Google's Chrome operating system
* 15 device makers designing about 40 snapdragon gadgets
* HTC to support Qualcomm's Brew mobile app platform
LAS VEGAS, Jan 8 (Reuters) -Qualcomm (QCOM.O) plans to support Chrome, Google Inc's (GOOG.O) upcoming operating system for small computers known as netbooks, the company's chief executive, Paul Jacobs, said on Friday.
Jacobs, who heads the leading maker of mobile phone chips, announced support for Chrome during a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show that focused on the convergence of wireless and computing.
The executive, a first-time keynote speaker at the annual gadget festival, also said 15 different device makers are designing about 40 products that will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip for smartphones and mobile computing devices.
Also during Jacobs' presentation, the chief executive of HTC Corp (2498.TW) came on stage to announce that his company would support Qualcomm's Brew mobile application platform. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)