The much-battered, assaulted and sprinkled with vinegar Wintel Alliance seems unable to defeat the rise of Chrome.
The cut -down laptops powered by Google’s browser-based Chrome OS have been doing better than expected and Amazon.com has named a pair of Chromebooks, one from Samsung, the other from Acer, as two of the three best-selling notebooks during the US holiday season. The Asus’ Transformer Book, a Windows 8.1 “2-in-1” device that transforms from a 10.1-in. tablet to a keyboard-equipped laptop came in third.
According to Computer World, Chromebooks’ holiday success at Amazon was duplicated elsewhere.
Beancounters at NPD’s worked out that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all US commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10 percent of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up from 2012 when Chromebooks were two tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales.
Chromebooks have taken advantage of the fact that Microsoft stuffed up the launch of Windows 8 which allowed brands with a focus on alternative form factors or operating systems, like Apple and Samsung, to capture significant share of a market dominated by Windows gear.
The 11.6-in. Acer C720 Chromebook, first on Amazon’s top-10 list Thursday, costs $199, while the Samsung Chromebook, at Number 2, runs $243. Amazon prices Acer’s 720P Chromebook, No. 7 on the chart, at $300.
It appears that Chromebooks have arrived as the successors to “netbooks” which fell by the wayside in 2010 and 2011 as tablets assumed their roles and full-fledged notebooks closed in on netbook prices.