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Chromebooks are outselling Mac OS X devices for the first time

Chromebooks are outselling Mac OS X devices for the first time
Chromebooks are outselling Mac OS X devices for the first time
An estimated 2 million Chromebooks have been sold as of Q1 2016 compared to less than 1.8 million Mac OS X devices.

Google's 18-year history has been filled with more successes than failures. A few services, however, are lesser known or have been renamed completely since their inception such as "Google Answers" or "Froogle". Chrome OS is one example where its success or failure has been difficult to measure since Google is relatively silent on both direct sales numbers and market penetration of its Chromebook family.

Market analysts at IDC have estimated that systems sporting Chrome OS have outsold Mac OS systems in North America for the first time ever. As of Q1 2016, the combined sales of Chromebooks from Dell, HP, and Lenovo have reached nearly two million compared to "only" 1.76 million MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis, and Mac Pros during the same period. The study does not take into account iPhones or iPads, which all run on iOS.

Much of the success of Chrome OS can probably be attributed to its use in educational institutions. Nonetheless, the popularity of Chromebooks likely remains lukewarm or else Google would be boasting sales numbers left and right instead of relying on external analytical firms. The company will soon allow Android apps to run natively on Chrome OS, which should increase the versatility of Chromebooks and boost sales at the same time.

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Florian Wimmer/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-25 (Update: 2016-05-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.