Chromebooks Overtake Macs and Android Tablets U.S. Sales

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 31, 2013 5:58 PM EST

The Chrome OS has finally started to gain momentum, at least among U.S. schools and businesses. According to a report made by the NPD Group, Chromebooks represented a total of 9.6 per cent of the computing devices sold in American commercial channels in 2013. This figure is enough to surpass the market share of Windows tablets, Androids tablets and even MacBooks.

This rise on Google's sales put the squeeze on the traditional computers that dropped from 77.8 per cent to 63.7 per cent of the commercial space this year. While the NPD believes that the PC is not going away, they noted that most successful companies diversified their gadget line-ups.

Essentially, the combo of Android from Samsung and Chromebooks helped Google jump to 10 per cent share of the commercial sales in 2013. On the other hand, with HP bruising, it is pretty clear that one-trick ponies do not thrive in the cut-throat competition in the workplace any longer.

Chromebooks can be dubbed as the new MacBook, at least based from the NPD's data on technology purchases by the U.S. businesses. The data revealed that of the 14.4 million computers sold to workplaces, a total of 9.6 per cent (approximately 1.3 million) were Chromebooks. These figures say that there have been meteoric growth for Google-branded laptops, which in 2012 merely represented 0.2 per cent of the total sales. In fact, this year's Google sales tramped Apple's MacBook sales at 1.8 per cent and Android tablets at 8.7 per cent.

Expectedly, Windows dominated with a nearly 34.1 per cent share of sales. While the iPad remained as the most popular tablet for the business industry at 15.8 per cent those figures actually represent a decline in the demand from 2012. Back then notebook and iPads made a total of 42.9 per cent and 17.1 per cent of the purchases, respectively.

Thus far, it is conceivable that as the high-quality Chromebooks continue to decrease in price, the shares will also continue to trend downhill.

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