Saturday, December 28, 2013

It's Official: 2013 was the Year of the Chromebook!

I posted here and here that Chromebooks were selling well this holiday season.

Now we have some "official" numbers:
NPD says that Chromebooks made up 21% of 2013 US laptop sales and 10% of all sales of tablets and computers.

Currently, there are at most a few hundred Chrome "Packaged" Apps... imagine what sales will be like next year when there should be thousands available. For those developers looking to get on the band wagon, start with:

And be sure to check out the Dart Programming Language, it's a much more maintainable way of handling Javascript.

Here's a few of the headlines talking about this:

Google's Threat To Microsoft, Chromebooks Are Now 21% Of Notebooks And 10% Of All Computers And Tablets - Forbes

Chromebooks surge at business in 2013, researcher says | Mobile - CNET News

Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut - Computerworld

Chromebook sales surge during holidays -- raising big questions for Microsoft | VentureBeat

Chromebooks climb up the notebook sales charts - Liliputing

Wow, from zero to 21% in just two years! Now we know why Microsoft launched a desperate campaign to discourage people from buying Chromebooks.

These ads have generally been ridiculed by people that actually know something about Chromebooks. For example: Are Chromebooks useless as a brick when offline? These apps prove otherwise | CITEworld

And of course we have a whole new class of Chrome device on the way:
Wait, that's no 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC • The Register

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