Chrome OS fans always crave for sales numbers of Chromebooks. Google does not give out such information. We see occasional mentions of Chromebook sales in interviews and other articles. Here is my favorite so far.
In a recent article on Time, titled “Stop Calling Google’s Chromebooks Toy Computers”, Rajen Sheth, a senior director of product management for Chrome said this:
70 million students are currently using Chrome OS
As Time notes, this is an incredible number for an operating system that is only six years old. This again, was achieved in a market dominated by two towering giants, Windows and MacOS.
In the early stages of Chrome OS, Google realized the potential they have in schools and colleges. A lot of those institutions were already using G Suite and living mostly on the web.
Chromebooks were not very popular in the consumer market until recently. There was a lot of negative press, calling it just a “glorified web browser” in the early days. This seems to be changing. The Time article that we are discussing today is one such example.
With the introduction of Play Store and Android apps, Google is preparing for another push to market Chromebooks as attractive consumer devices. The last such attempt was with the “For everyone” campaign with the launch of the first ARM powered Chromebook by Samsung.
In the education market however, things were always different. Google has been slowly, but steadily improving its market share. There were even reports of schools moving from iPads to Chromebooks.
With that in mind, the 70 million number does not surprise me. It however makes me really happy, as a firm believer in this platform. I am sure I will find a lot of like-minded Chromebook fans here!
The quote said 70 million Chrome OS devices, to include Chromeboxes and possibly Chromebases. However, the majority of these 70 million should be Chromebooks.
70 million Chromebooks!