Acer Jumping Ship to Chrome? After Seeing Success with Chrome Devices

January 29, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We all love our Chrome browser right? Well why not have a OS centered around Chrome? Many of you may have used or even have a Chrome device. I actually just picked up the Samsung Chromebook last week. I thought it would be a great investment for when I’m not at home and need to get some work done, because all my work is done in the browser. So far it’s worked quite well. But this operating system is not for everyone.

The original manufacturers of Chrome devices were Acer and Samsung, and their devices were announced and launched at Google I/O in May of 2011. Last year, Samsung announced their new $249 Chromebook with the ARM-based Exynos 5250 processor, and Acer introduced their $199 Chromebook which was Intel-based. Now if Acer, Samsung and Google were trying to make a splash in the Chrome OS market, they certainly have succeeded.

Now Acer has come out and said that “Windows 8 itself is still not successful” and based on forums and on Google+ that I’ve read, most people hate (or dislike) Windows 8. Myself, I actually love Windows 8 over Windows 7. It’s much faster and more stable than Windows 7 was for me. But Acer is seeing tremendous growth in their Chrome devices compared to their Windows 8 devices. In fact, since they introduced their latest Chromebook, their US Shipments of Chromebooks jumped from 5-10 percent.

We are now starting to see even more OEMs getting into the Chromebook and Chromebox game. Earlier this month we heard about Lenovo creating a Thinkpad-like Chromebook for education. And just yesterday, we saw leaked documents for an HP Chromebook which would be a 14-inch model, and be the largest Chromebook to date.

So what do you think, is Chrome OS the next big operating system? We already have Windows and Mac OS who are already losing market share to the likes of Ubuntu and other Linux-based OS’. Could Chrome OS be the next fish in the OS sea? Let us know in the comments what you think.