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New data shows Chromebooks are struggling, Windows RT is doing better

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New data shows Chromebooks are struggling, Windows RT is doing better
Despite their low cost, “instant-on” nature and always-connected style, Chromebooks account for such a small amount of web traffic that it does not even warrant an asterisk on NetMarketShare’s report.

Web traffic from Chromebooks accounted for two-one-hundredths of one-percent (0.02% or 0.0002). Since its launch in 2011, the Chromebook has been marching to its own tune but hard sales figures have not been making much news.

OEMs that have been manufacturing Chromebooks have not been bragging about their sales performance either. It has been reported that Acer has only sold about 5,000 Chromebooks since last summer. That has not stopped Google however, in fact, Google doubled-down with the recent introduction of the high-definition touch screen Chromebook Pixel. Samsung’s Chromebook was also a hot item on Amazon this past holiday season.

By comparison, Windows RT statistics are not any better, however, Windows RT was able to achieve parity in only a few months. Its popularity may grow now that manufacturers are cutting prices on Windows RT devices.

What does this really mean to Chromebooks and Chrome OS? Nothing. Google is clearly invested in this horse for the long haul. That is a good thing, because over 90% of the world is in a Windows environment and a lot of people are not on board with the whole cloud computing scheme.

Chrome is a solid OS, it came out of the Pwnium 3 conference unhacked which is a major accomplishment. Microsoft is equally all-in with Windows RT and its path also certainly includes a heavy dose of cloud computing in the future as well. So while Chrome is off to a slower-than-molasses-in-winter-time start, Google’s vision is long and its pockets are deep.

source: ZDNet

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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:25 9

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Chromebook is ok, but I've already bought a Windows 8 laptop, so sorry Google! :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:41 4

3. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


It's a good secondary computer. You can use your windows 8 laptop on your chromebook if you want something lighter and more portable that isn't burdened by a fan.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 23:24 3

4. naveenstuns (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


secondary computer ?????? wtf....

then what is the use of smartphones????

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 23:28 2

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Portable devices? Social hub? Camera? I can think of a million use for a smartphone that's not related with the average computer

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 23:26 1

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I have a tablet for my secondary computing device so for me is a windows laptop or a gaming desktop... At least until we see more progress with apps, and I think this should be enough of a reason to fuse chrome OS and android into a single powerful tool, the power of the web plus native applications... Would make a chrome book totally worth it

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:19 3

12. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Chromebook is a waste of money itself, whether it can be a secondary or tertiary computer (I have 3 laptops), windows is still the one to go because of higher productivity potential. Just pay a bit more but you can do a lot more on windows 8 than chrome OS. RT? If the price is similar or lower than chromebook i'd buy one, because for $500 i'd rather buy something like Acer W510 which runs full windows 8 over Surface RT.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:19

14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Secondary computer???

Nuh-uh, I'm all ok with Windows 8! :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:57 1

9. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Chromebook had been doomed before the launch, should have asked me :) .....W8 is just a habit slowly dumping

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:27 4

2. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


I have zero interest in either platforms. They are both useless imo.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 23:45

7. cezarepc (Posts: 549; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Same here. If you want something free just get Ubuntu (or any Linux-based OS). Started using Ubuntu when I sort of got MS OS damaged. I couldn't afford a new CD then, so I decided to try out Ubuntu temporarily but truth is I haven't looked back since.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:06 9

8. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


"Chrome is a solid OS, it came out of the Pwnium 3 conference unhacked which is a major accomplishment."

Of course it came out unhacked - there's nothing to hack! Chromebooks are basically dumb mobile terminals that can't do anything other than turn on and connect to the internet. How can you call Chrome a solid OS when it does nothing else? My motherboard bios can access a web browzer without booting up the hard-drive - so, does that make it a solid OS too?

Chromebooks are nothing more than a screen, keyboard & trackpad, and wi-fi receiver and transmitter. It may be solid, but it's still just an empty box...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:57

13. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


you spoke my feeling about the chrbooks,,,

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:30 3

10. Andrewtst (Posts: 301; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Obvious, I know Chromebook Pixel look damn sexy, but the OS itself was too blank and boring and nothing much can do...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:55 4

11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Funny how tech sites glorify this chromebooks. But reality shows the truth.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:54

15. dhmcop (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


I love my little $200 Acer chrome book. I can easily hook up to my HDTVs and it is very portable throughout the house. I'm getting 41.46 Mbps download which is far better than my iPad or my G7. Yes there were limitations but this is just the start of what chrome OS will be able to do.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:26

16. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I've actually considered getting a chromebook because they are pretty neat, but Google hasnt really "sold" us on the chromebook yet. There is really little incentive to get a chromebook vs a similarly priced android tablet. Maybe if Google can incentiveize it should be good to go.

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