Chromebook shipments set to grow in the second half of 2013

July 16, 2013
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    Chromebooks have been on a roll in the past few weeks, and according to Digitimes, the momentum will continue into the second half of 2013 with shipments expected to double or even triple first half shipments.

    Digitimes has reported that this is due to the weak demand for Windows 8, as well as the support by Google and Intel for the platform and the recent entry into the market by AMD. Acer, Lenovo, HP and Samsung are all gearing up to launch new Chromebooks, and ASUS is also contemplating joining the blossoming platform.

    HP and Lenovo are both expected to increase Chromebook sales in the second half of 2013, and Acer will triple its orders for Chromebooks, with Samsung preparing to sell four times as much Chromebooks.

    While many analysts discounted Chrome OS and labelled it too limited, the platform has defied the shrinking of the PC market to continue to grow exponentially. Just last week, a report stated that Chromebooks comprised about 25% of sub-$300 PC sales, which for a very young operating system, is brilliant.

    The success of Chrome OS has caused other OEMs like Lenovo and HP, who were not originally interested in Chromebooks, to join the platform. With other manufacturers like ASUS considering joining the budding platform, it can only get better for Chrome OS fans.

    Comments

    • klp

      if they merged android and chrome, the operating system would probably growing 10 times as fast

    • MasterMuffin

      Chromebooks are the fastest really cheap computers so no wonder. If you have two fast computers, one costs $1000 and other $250, which one do you choose as a regular consumer who doesn’t need all the fancy software?

      • Infinite7154

        I was just on the Google Play site today trying to decide which Chromebook to get because I do everything online now. I have no need for Windows or Microsofts bloated software.

        • Adam Koueider

          What’s your budget. If it’s infinite you pick up the Chromebook Pixel, if it’s not, then I’ve tried the HP chromebook, the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer Chromebook. Samsung one wins hands down. The only reason you’d pick the Acer Chromebook is because you went to the store with $250 and you lost $50 (aka you’re really tight on money) The only reason you’d pick the HP Chromebook is if you absolutely need a 14-inch laptop.

          -Written on my Samsung Chromebook

          • James Sarino

            I picked the Acer because it’s easier to upgrade than the Samsung (swap out HD for SSD, upgrade the RAM). You can’t go wrong with either laptop though. :-)

            • Adam Koueider

              My reasons for the Samsung, were the keyboard was much better (since I’m a writer that’s a BIG thing for me), build quality/design and battery life.

            • James Sarino

              Adam, I have to admit the Samsung’s keyboard is a bit better, it does have better battery life, and relatively speaking, looks even thinner than the Acer. In the end I went for the Acer for my earlier reasons, and as far as the battery life is concerned, I can always upgrade to a better battery if I need to. :-)

          • Infinite7154

            Thanks for the advise. I would love to spend $1200 on the touchscreen but my wife isn’t going for that one. So I’ll get the Samsung version and be happy that I did.

    • Luka Mlinar

      I’m sorry but keeping everything on a cloud is not as simple as it seams. A lot of people will be disappointed with their purchase. Like the dust collectors (tablets) we all got in our rooms right now.

      • MasterMuffin

        I’m using my tablet everyday, don’t know what you’re talking about

      • needa

        i gave my 10.1 to my mother because i didnt use it much. she uses it as her main internet source, which is to say hours a day. and i miss my tablet nearly every day.

    • needa

      i would have purchased two of the samsung chromebooks the other day if there was torrent capabilities on them. all i could find was one thing that lets you torrent but it was beta and too many peeps were having issues. is there anything else that i did not find? i am interested in running chromeos only.

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