Chromebook sales are expected to grow by almost 30%
The Chromebook has been seeing a lot of success in the education sector, and the research and advisory company Gartner believes that sales for the laptops will see a growth of 27% by the end of 2015. In the United States, educational institutions were responsible for purchasing over 60% of the Chromebooks sold last year. Schools, now more than ever before, are turning to Google's line of cheaper web-based laptops to bring affordable computing to their students.
In the business sector, Chromebook sales are not nearly as strong as in the education sector, but are expected to continue to increase as Google targets companies with its office applications. Offering apps that can be used offline has helped a lot, and small businesses especially are seen as the strongest adopters of Google's Chrome OS devices. The startups and small businesses allegedly see value in the Chromebooks as they require a more frugal alternative to a large IT infrastructure.
As far as consumers are concerned, Chromebooks are generally seen as a companion device for a more traditional laptop or computer with a hard drive. Gartner is confident that sales growth will occur as users become more and more used to the idea of using cloud-based applications. Overall, the IT research firm predicts Chromebook sales to reach 7.3 million units in 2015.