The number of schools getting Google Chromebooks doubled in just three months. Google announced that number of schools using chromebooks is now 2,000 i.e. twice as much as 3 months ago. There is no word on how many units per school or any other concrete data, so it is hard to say whether Google is offering chromebooks for testing purposes, or whether actual sales were made.
Chromebooks are gaining in popularity in educational market. While Chromebooks don’t perform as well as traditional notebooks, the price is what drives the sales of Google’s web based notebooks. Charity Donorschoose.org along with google offer Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks for as low as $99 to schools. OTC price on these is $249.
Schools aside though, it seems like just about every OEM is jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon. Acer announced grimm 32 percent share losses for 2012. The only segment that produced a gain for Acer in 2012 was Chromebook’s segment with gains of 5 to 10 percent.
New Acer C7 Chromebook with dual-core 1.1GHz processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB HDD sells for mere $227.
Google is working on Touch-screen Chromebooks. HP the biggest PC maker in the world is working on new HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook. Let’s not forget Amazon’s biggest seller the Samsung series 3 chromebook.