In accordance with analysts, Chromebooks had an unimaginable 2020, with the final quarter being the strongest ever for Google’s laptops (via 9to5Google). In accordance with analysis corporations Gartner and Canalys, over 30 million of the units shipped final 12 months, with someplace between 11 and 11.7 million transport in This fall alone. Canalys says that’s a staggering 287 percent more than had been shipped in This fall 2019.
The corporations disagree on how a lot progress that is when in comparison with 2019, however each estimate that it’s lots: Gartner estimates that Chromebooks are up 80 %, whereas Canalys says it’s 109 %. For comparability, PC sales were up by 11 percent this year, which is the most important progress the class had seen in a decade. This isn’t to provide the impression that Chromebooks outsold PCs — Gartner estimates there have been 275 million traditional computers sold this year, however it does present that one class is experiencing an explosion in progress, whereas one other is recovering after a dip.
Schooling has lots to do with it, in keeping with Canalys. Chromebooks are big sellers in the education market, and faculties needed to discover a manner to supply at-home college students with computer systems for distant studying throughout COVID. Even the Vice President of Microsoft Schooling agrees that Chromebooks are nice for faculties — according to audio from a leaked meeting obtained by Business Insider, he instructed his staff that “[i]n many circumstances, when faculties are shopping for Chromebooks or Home windows PCs, Chromebooks are nonetheless sooner and cheaper, they’re simpler to deploy and handle.”
As college students attend college from dwelling, they’re clearly not going to be coming dwelling to a distinct PC. A variety of youngsters I do know have by no means used a conventional laptop: they spend their time on Chromebooks and tablets as an alternative.