Google Sells 1 Million Chromebooks to Schools in Q2
The latest numbers illustrate the rising popularity of the low-cost notebooks that run Google's Chrome OS.More than 1 million Chromebooks were sold to schools in the second quarter, the latest indicator of the surging popularity of the low-cost notebooks. The news, announced by Google officials July 21, came a week after analysts at NPD Group said in a report that Chromebook sales between January and May in the commercial channel in the United States jumped 250 percent over the same period last year and accounted for 35 percent of all notebook sales through the channel. During the first three weeks of June, that number bumped up to 40 percent. And that 250 percent increase occurred before the back-to-school buying season begins, according to the analysts. "Building on last year’s surprising strength, Chrome’s unit strength ahead of this year’s education buying season shows how it has become a legitimate third platform alongside [Microsoft's] Windows and [Apple's] Mac OS X and iOS," Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis for NPD Group, said in a statement following the June 14 release of its report. "The next test for Chrome will clearly be the most difficult, as both Apple and Microsoft get more aggressive in pricing and deal making over the next few months. By the end of the third quarter, we will have a much clearer picture of the long-term impact Chromebooks will have in the commercial channel."
The popularity of these systems, which run Google's Chrome operating system, continues to climb as consumers and businesses look for low-cost alternatives to traditional notebooks and tablets, such as Apple's iPad. In a guest post on Google's blog, David Andrade, CIO for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, said Chromebooks were the best option for his school district, which is struggling with tight budgets, a small IT staff and a student body in which many students don't have outside access to computers.