Boosted by work-from-home arrangements and distance learning, Chromebook sales reached record levels worldwide in 2020. And it's easy to understand why—these easy-to-use computers offer all the tools many people need to work or study at a lower cost than classic PCs.
Global Chromebook sales hit an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to data from Canalys, with shipments reaching 11.2 million in the last three months of the year.
Over the year as a whole, more than 30 million of these PCs were snapped up, an unprecedented uptake! This sudden enthusiasm is largely linked to the covid-19 pandemic and the various restrictions put in place in most global regions. With staff working from home and students switching to distance learning, people's needs for personal computers have never been so high. Meeting user needs and at a lower cost than traditional PCs, Chromebooks have logically been a hit with younger users.
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS operating system. This gives users facilitated access to the entire Google ecosystem, starting with the Chrome internet browser, which serves as a gateway to productivity. Google proposes a whole host of online services, whether for creating documents (Docs, Sheets), storing or sharing them online (Drive), not to mention video conferencing (Meet).
Chromebooks don't usually come with much storage space, encouraging users to store almost everything in the cloud. Most of the main PC makers currently feature Chromebooks in their ranges.