Chromebooks May Be Doing Much Better Than Originally Thought

| April 21, 2013 | 9 Replies

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Over the past year, Chromebooks have made a reemergence, but as a more affordable, budget laptop. Both Samsung and Acer released models prior to the holiday season, with the former of the two’s priced at $250 and the latter at $199. During the holidays, both were believed to be some of the most gifted items of the year, especially considering that Samsung had trouble keeping up with demand for its Chromebook for months. Analytical data has recently suggested that Chromebooks haven’t been selling as well as originally thought, though.

Web traffic watcher NetMarketShare suggests that Chromebooks have barely made a dent in the web traffic charts. The data suggests that the Chrome OS powered devices accounted for only .02 percent of total web traffic. Google’s goal with Chrome O.S. is to make it an always on, always connected device, but if it’s accounting for that small of a chunk of the data, then it looks like that goal may be a failure. But, you also have to take into account how huge the web is and how many devices you have accessing it at any given time. ZDNet points out that Chromebooks have combined to account for “7/10 of one percent of the usage of Windows 8 PCs worldwide.”

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In terms of sales, Chrome O.S. has supposedly been doing very well, accounting for 20 percent of notebook sales under $300. “In terms of sales volume, we have been extremely impressed with how the new Chromebooks are doing at retail,” said Stephen Baker, an industry analyst with the NPD Group in Port Washington, N.Y.

Baker goes on to suggest that Chromebooks are not only eating away at low-cost PC market share, but also at tablet marketshare. “We think that Chromebooks are just as competitive with low-cost Android tablets as they are with low-cost Windows clamshell PCs. It’s selling at a pretty decent rate for a product that retailers have been reluctant to support,“ he said. “We’re pretty impressed with how well it’s done.”

One analysts believes that some of the struggles Chromebooks have had can be attributed to early mistakes by Google. Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst with the Enderle Group, says that with the orignal Chromebooks, Google tried too hard to compete with netbooks, and actually did a worse job. “Google thought people would go for cheap so they reinvented the netbook and did a worse job of it than the original makers of the netbooks did,” Enderle said. He described some of the early Chromebooks as “crippled” and said that people weren’t “willing to pay 350 bucks for something that just connects to the Internet.”

Time will tell if Chromebooks prove to be successful. What do you think of recent Chromebook models? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: PC World

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  • http://twitter.com/samhorne Samuel Horne

    Chromebook Pixel. Now that’s a recent model that’s sexy. As for the “the new” Samsung Chromebook, I love it’s design for the cheap price tag that it holds. I will be buying one as soon as my 2nd year of university is over.

  • Paulette

    I can’t part with my chrome book. It make my life a little more convenient. I also will not part with my windows xp for a few more years of use.
    A big thanks to google employees for all their hard work.

    • TechJeeper

      Have fun with XP in exactly one year once they stop pushing security patches. The “bad guys” have an arsenal just waiting for people like you. Just keep that in mind…

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  • Frank Camuglia

    i have 3 different chromebooks and no longer use a desktop. everything in the cloud on google chrome. faster, safer, and easier than anything else out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rpodelec Reagan Podelec

    Converted an old laptop with hexxeh build and sadly disappointed how much work it was to get flash and Java were a waste of my time. I installed Ubuntu and totally happy with using Google chromium for Linux. The same feel and use as chrome os, except no limitations like with chrome os.

    • Darren Bates

      A Hexxeh build is completely different than a Chromebook. A hexxeh build is great for a new project but a chromebook just works out of the box and does everything. My traditional laptop is running Quantal Quetzal – and safe to say I use it EXTREMELY rarely now that I have a Chromebook!

    • http://androidheadlines.com/ Tom Dawson

      I’m with Darren, I used to use Ubuntu as my second Desktop OS – Windows for games – but now that I use Chrome all the time, it’s rare i use anything else on the desktop. As for my Chromebooks, I don’t see what their limitations are, if you want to use the web for everything that is.

      They’re everything I could ever want in a laptop.