Although the operating system Google Chrome OS and computers based on it occupy a negligible market share, OS attracts PC manufacturers, who are hoping to diversify its product range and increase its sales of computers, operating out of Microsoft Windows.
Traditionally, in addition to the Google and a number of insignificant producers of PCs, laptops based on Google Chrome OS (often referred to as the Chromebook) offers companies the Acer Group, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Electronics, which did not contribute to the wide dissemination of the platform.
However, according to unofficial information from the site DigiTimes, ASUSTeK Computer and Lenovo Group plans to enter the Chromebook at the end of this year. Dell has also entered this market earlier this year, but while supplies Dell Chromebook 11 were minor.
According to the announcement, Dell and Lenovo may restrict the release of one or two models of mobile PCs based on Google Chrome OS, while ASUS, is projected to “flood the market with a variety of different models” since the fourth quarter of 2014.
Increasing competition in the market Chromebook can lead to lower prices for these PCs that are now from $ 199 to $ 379 in the US.
It is worth noting that earlier this year, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and other PC makers, some voiced plans to release laptops based on Windows 8.1 is priced at $ 199 – $ 249.
It is not known whether the plans are made (in the case of Toshiba, apparently not), but it is obvious that such mobile PCs will seriously compete with the production companies themselves Chromebook Acer and Lenovo.
Desire ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and other supply-based computers Google Chrome OS can be explained by the fact that this Friday Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7, while Windows 8.1 still does not like very many users.
Perhaps, offering systems with Chrome OS, PC vendors are hoping to offer an alternative operating system with an unusual tiled interface. However, it is unlikely that a loyal Windows users will like Chrome OS.
Interestingly, as inexpensive computers to Windows 8.1, and the system is running Chrome OS aimed primarily to market entry-level PCs. In fact, those and other types of computers are netbooks, ultra-cheap laptops with disabilities that were popular in the 2008 – 2011 biennium.
Of course, the new ultra-cheap PCs will be quite different in functionality from its predecessors, but they still can not compare with the modern laptop’s performance.
As you know, the demand for netbooks has fallen sharply in 2011 – 2012 years, seriously harm Acer Group. Do not quite understand why computer suppliers expect such a significant revival in demand for cheap PCs that they plan to offer in this segment of the market two types of devices: Chrome OS-based and Windows 8.1.
According to forecasts by Gartner, made earlier this year, sales of notebooks based on Chrome OS in 2014 will be about 5.2 million units. Some experts believe that the lion’s share of Chromebook is sold to students.
Given that all PC-based platform, Google Chrome OS, rely on the online services of the company and do not have large amounts of storage on board, they are heavily dependent on your Internet connection. As a consequence, many believe Chromebook niche solutions, failure to replace a full-fledged PC.
It should be noted that neither ASUS, or Lenovo, is not officially confirmed plans to release a laptop running Google Chrome OS.