The 275% spike in sales between now and the previous year has proven that Chromebooks got no effect of the lockdown. Even with the lockdown, its sales value is increasing gradually, and they are going to stay here for a longer period.
Last year, most of us had faced a complete lockdown situation, and schools were trying to finish out the academic year in any possible way. At that, finding a good Chromebook was becoming a difficult task for most of us as thousands scrambled for inexpensive communication and consumption devices amid a component shortage due to a manufacturing crisis during a lockdown in China.
Here, after one year, thankfully, most of the things have changed. In contrast, the pandemic is still impacting India (please donate for relief funds, whatever you can). Vaccinations are continuing to roll out across North America and Europe. Many people who were working from home for the last year are now able to work from the office.
Schools and Universities are mostly back in-person, so people who object or opposes will no longer be able to avail distance learning and a panicked rush to remote work to write off. According to the published report in the last two weeks, sales of the Chromebook rising 350% year-over-year.
Top five Chromebook companies
- HP Inc
- Acer Group
- Dell Technologies
It would not be wrong to say that the year 2020 has been unforeseen and sucked to the humans but not to the tech-makers. Lenovo alone sold more Chromebooks in the first three months of 2021 than all manufacturers sold in the first quarter of 2020, which is great news for Lenovo. Even HP has 2020 as a fantastic year, which watched a 600% rise in Chromebook sales, and for Google, who has celebrated the 10th birthday of Chrome OS by claiming that one out of every computer bought in America today is a Chromebook.
Obviously, these percentages are less impressive when you know that the total Chromebooks sold in the first quarter of 2021 was only 12-13 million, higher from roughly 3 million last year. If comparing, there were only under 40 million tablets sold this quarter, which is a 51% rise over stagnant pre-pandemic sales and 122 million PCs.
However, the sales of the Chromebooks are not more than the PCs, but here we have to watch out the Chromebooks have a big room in order to grow as they are in the race to compete with low and mid-range Windows laptops and with the best android tabs.
No doubt that Chromebooks will continue to compete and grow. As technology analyst Carmi Levy also agrees that “the pandemic has blown the doors wide open on what once considered as a niche solution,” enabling the Chromebooks to flaunt their vantage for regular users and their practicality for employers and remote workers.
As organizations first pivoted in order to support the mass of remote workers, the merits that first made the Chromebooks a favorite of education and other vertical markets such as relatively low hardware costs, easy support, and remote maintenance, streamlined services, and software updates, and robust data storage, security, and backup became darling especially to corporate IT in virtually every sector. There are millions of daily office-goers out there whose requirements can be easily accomplished with Chromebooks which is capable enough for cloud-based services.
Apart from the big businesses, a huge number of people are buying Chromebooks for their homes for the same reasons: they are cost-effective, durable, and capable enough to perform several tasks. Most of the users said that they bought the Chromebooks for media consumption and security, not only for its lightweight browsing.
Chromebooks are secure, fast, and user-friendly. Google is continuing to make the chrome operating system even better with each update. It is sure that Chromebooks will continue to increase in popularity. We are so excited to watch how their popularity gets wider, and we get more chrome OS tabs such as Lenovo Chromebook Duet and the upcoming ASUS Chromebook Detachable CM3.
Maybe it is enough to finally get Google to clampdown on big-screen app design and scaleability the way they have failed to do with android tablets for the past five years. Well, according to the technology analyst Carmi Levy that “Chromebooks need one more trick to succeed, though an improved nationwide infrastructure for high-speed internet.
The pandemic has taught us that how critical a strong, reliable, high-speed internet connection has become, particularly for Chromebooks, which is lean on high-speed connectivity as telecom companies are investing their capital in networks and shifting consumers to better internet services. Chromebooks will avail from faster connection speeds, which will turn into drive demand for them.
You can now blame the FCC on your poor internet connectivity, but it will take years for the feds to take any action about it. On the other hand, telecom companies get a lot of pressure last year from the increasing demand of millions of remote workers and distance-learning students. Even the rural areas that typically had zero meaningful internet options are getting more viable choices like Starlink Home Internet and T-Mobile Home Internet
Almost every home that has stable internet connectivity and good speed is keenly looking for Chromebooks for buying. It doesn’t matter you need one for safe international travels, remote work, or just for web browsing; there are swift Chromebooks for you, and its sales will lead to a more fantastic quarter similar to this one.