Google Chromebooks have overtaken Apple laptops in sales selling over 2 million while Apple fell behind selling 1.76 million Mac laptops. It is important to note that these numbers are a combination of hardware manufactures like Lenovo, HP and Dell. Google also makes its own higher end Chromebook Pixel which is included in these sales numbers but the important part of this news is the increased popularity of Chrome OS. Chrome OS and Chromebooks have become a popular tool for not only consumer users but they are being heavily implemented into schools and institutions.
Google Chromebooks low cost compared to not only Apple laptops but PC laptops as well, make them very attractive. With Google’s newest announcement bringing Android apps to Chrome OS, that will likely draw more users into the fold. Users are becoming increasingly dependent on online tools versus on board software and Google’s own Google Docs are built right into Chrome OS. The PC market is still dominated by Microsoft Windows machines but Google and its OEM partners are making a run for the part of the market that need a lightweight OS without the heavyweight cost.
Google Chromebooks aren’t for everyone though. There are trade-offs that some users just aren’t willing to make at this time. Heavy PC (Windows/Mac) software that might be essential to some users will keep them away from Chromebooks and perhaps Google is working on a way to fill those services with more cloud based services of their own. For now Windows PC’s are still going to hold the lead and Apple isn’t going away anytime soon. But the PC market is changing and both Microsoft and Apple will have to show the market something that can compete with Google Chromebooks.
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