Here’s another tidbit for all you naysayers out there: According to a new report by the NPD Group, Inc., Chromebooks are rapidly gaining market share as the rest of the PC market continues to shrink. Specifically, in the past eight months, Chromebooks have managed to garner 20-25% of the US market for laptops that cost under $300.
According to NPD analyst Stephen Baker, “While we were skeptical initially, I think Chromebooks definitely have found a niche in the marketplace … The entire computing ecosystem is undergoing some radical change, and I think Google has its part in that change.”
This fantastic growth is in no small part thanks to the immense success of the Samsung Chromebook on ARM, which continues to be the best selling laptop on Amazon and has enjoy almost 260 days in that position. That’s certainly quite a feat in its own right.
It finally seems that people are starting to get it: in an increasingly cloud-centric world, it doesn’t make sense to lug around big, heavy, clunky machines with bloated OSes that are vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other headaches. Chrome OS is able to offer most people everything they need in a personal computing device, with little or no compromises – and that’s a good thing.[Bloomberg]