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Chromebook Sales to Rise 300% This Year, ASUS To Join the Fun

crSales of Windows PCs may be crashing but Chromebooks are set to continue surging ahead.

Analysts are predicting that sales of Chromebooks, powered by Google’s Chrome OS, will rise by as much as 300% in the latter half of this year.

The report follows news on strong sales of the lightweight devices in the sub-$300 laptop space during the first quarter of this year.

Devices in this category will, according to industry blog Digitimes, either double or triple in the second half of 2013.

They also add that the sudden success of Chromebooks will see ASUS release their first – albeit long-rumoured – Chromebook, said to be a hybrid tablet/laptop powered by a Tegra 4 ARM processor.

Existing Chromebook makers, such as HP and Lenovo, are ‘expected to increase their Chromebook orders in the second half compared to the first, while Acer will dramatically raise its orders by three fold and Samsung four fold, helping to raise overall Chromebook shipments in the second half,‘ the site say.

Additional American retailer, including Walmart and Staples, started stocking Chromebook models from Acer and Samsung earlier this year.

Whether these predictions come true there’s no denying that it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Chrome right now.

  • sonicyoof

    It’ll never work!

  • shadowguy14

    Great! Who needs traditional computers! I sure don’t!

    • fallon

      Developers (especially those of the languages which require compiling)

      • shadowguy14

        The small exception

      • Ed Coles

        Well if you have a cloud distro such as Joli OS, it allows the installation of hard-disk based software from the Ubuntu 9.10 repos. So while the main focus is still cloud oriented software, it’s not impossible to do local tasks. The only disadvantage of course is the fact it’s still chugging along on Ubuntu 9.10 repos

      • Igor Bozato

        Not true, you can buy a VPS like linode for $20/month and setup your dev environment in it, them access it through ssh.
        There is a guy using an iPad for development, for more than a year, I’m think about doing the same with a chromebook.

    • p13

      Everyone that wants to do serious work. It will take a while, but people will realize this when they go 100% cloud, and the cloud will rain down on them.

  • Peter

    I have been a strong supporter of the “thin client” concept for many years. I purchased my HP Pavilion Chromebook as an experiment; just to see what a “thin client” device would be like day to day (it wasn’t that expensive after all). Now my Chromebook is my *MAIN* PC. I love the concept.


    • Just because of the price point, I have been thinking of getting one. But the always-on requirement and always-update thing is setting me off. If I turn on Chromebook for an urgent work and it starts updating, then the device is not definitely for me. Don’t give me that “it takes just a few seconds” because my internet connection over this part of the world sucks.

      Although I’m still considering whether I should get a Chromebook or a refurbished full blown laptop (mostly for writing and very little photo editing), this is why I may not end up getting one:

      • madjr

        well when in doubt you can always use chrome in linux or windows.

        in windows however it auto-updates too, many apps do that and makes things slow, specially when login in. I prefer the linux update tools.

      • Sam Hollis

        Updates download quietly in the background, and then install on the next reboot.

  • Brian Oswald

    The piles of unsold Surface RT’s in Ballmer’s office, in addition to the 900-million red-line write-off has to sting. Poor Microsoft … not. Good riddance.

  • psypher246

    I will be selling my Dell Laptop, Chromebook, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus when my Ubuntu Edge arrives in May ( I will have zero need for any of these devices.

    • p13

      Until you realize that it is too slow for serious desktop use.

      • psypher246

        Actually for daily use the Edge is perfect, I will still have a desktop for highend gaming and remote desktop for applications that requires more power. The edge will replace all the low end devices so it’s not an issue for me.

  • p13

    They might. Once.
    These are a fad. The only reason people buy them is to hack them into a cheap linux machine.

    • Matt Thompson

      Just how tiny is that closet of an apartment you’ve locked yourself into? If you have any windows, I suggest you open them/it and get some sun. Breath some fresh air.

      99% of the computing I do at “home” can be accomplished via Chromebook. My netbook, which has served me well for these tasks, is in serious need of a wipe and reboot. It also runs Chromium quite well. But my search of a new, lightweight, affordable, disposable, secure portable computer with a physical keyboard has brought me back to Chromebook.

      At first it was just a curiosity. Now it looks like the easiest solution for me. And I have zero interest in hacking it. I haven’t even rooted either of my Android devices, and they do what I need to do just fine. There just come times when the form factor of a laptop is much more practical than a touch screen device. I’m sure there are probably thousands of people like me who can benefit from a Chromebook in stock form and have no idea what Linux even is.

      To suggest that the only reason people buy them is to hack them is ludicrous, and it shows just how sheltered you are in your fantasy world/nerd community. If your allegation were true, then why hasn’t there been a successful Linux-only computer on display at Best Buy or Walmart for all these years? Perhaps they should do just that… And as an incentive to sell them, perhaps a Linux PC purchase could come with offers for free Doritos, Mountain Dew, and Taco Bell. Maybe they would complete the demise of the PC market.

      • p13

        Relax, Matt …

        No need for personal insults. Taco bell gives me explosive diarrhea, and i don’t like doritos. I do like mountain dew, though.

        Let me throw some random insult back at you, because i feel that i HAVE to now.
        Your sunglasses make you look like a dick. See that? Yes, this makes me look tough.

        Anyway, read on.

        Let’s look over some facts here:
        – Chromebooks boot to … chrome, a browser
        – Chrome can be run on pretty much any mainstream operating system, mobile or not
        – All the shit you put in the cloud today can be gone the next day
        – You relinquish all rights and ownership to whatever you upload to the magic cloud
        – APIs change, companies go bust or sell out, and that includes your cloudy friends
        – Oh, yes, before i forget … NSA …

        Bust mostly.

        Your chromebook ain’t worth shit without a network connection. Granted, there are exceptions such as google drive (and thus docs). Some more apps are surfacing that support offline mode … but really …

        It’s like a monkey wearing a nice ring.

        This is my opinion, Matt. It is harmless and no threat to you personally. So, i suggest you deal with it as such, instead of crying like a five year old and resorting to attacking my persona instead of the facts.

        All the people i know of that have bought one of these, have done so to hack it. But then again, i probably don’t hang with the same kind of crowd you do.

    • joedoe47

      >buy raspberry pi for 45 bucks.
      can chrome go any cheaper?
      sure there is chromecast but no one has loaded ubuntu on that via chroot or as a replacement.

    • 25S

      I actually quite like my Chromebook… but I did upgrade to 4 GB RAM and 60 GB SSD and I run Ubuntu 13.04. This is to say you’re correct in some regards, but I do feel Chromebooks fill a small but meaningful niche for people who use computers for web surfing and basic docs… which is basically everyone who does not do any serious computer gaming or run high end development or design software. The way I look at it, the Chromebook offers a tablet-like computing experience (ie software and hardware limitations) but with out a touch screen, a physical keyboard, and at a fraction of the price.

  • Pepe

    Most people don’t need a full-fledged OS. Chromebook for this people has many advantages: no installations, no silly questions to answer (most people don’t understand the silly questions Windows throws at them), automatic data backups, no need to worry if Chromebook gets stolen or lost, no need to pay more money or reinstall everything when $MSFT needs more money. It’s an old idea, we’ve been there, before the PC ruined our lives and our sanity.

  • hairyback

    I hope this encourages more companies to provide native Linux drivers.

  • Everything goes web, so then all you need is just a browser! I’ve just purchased a Chromebook and I really loved it with more that 7hrs battery (half screen brightness)

  • Jari Nokkosmäki

    I have a Chromebook and it is excellent. A few more basic offline apps and maybe a widely available printer server to simplify cloud print… then it will be perfect.

  • Cimmay Rivard

    Hopefully Chromebooks are just right for the technically challenged, there are a lot of them.