On Tuesday Intel and Google are making an announcement regarding Chromebooks. There is a lot of speculation as to what that announcement might be, and there is no point in rehashing them here. It is no doubt going to be something about chips because that is what Intel does, but that can wait till Tuesday. I want to touch on the implications of this announcement. Chromebooks must be selling well enough for Intel to get further involved. They would not bother if there were no sales. Here are some of the current realities.
* Chromebooks now account for %25 of all devices sold to k-12 schools. In fact, there is not a week that goes by that there is not a story of a school or district buying Chromebooks for all their students.
* There are now 8 major PC manufacturers making Chromebook models (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, and Toshiba).
* %21 of commercial notebooks sold were Chromebooks and 20-25% of retail consumer low cost laptops were Chromebooks.
* The top selling laptops at Amazon this past Christmas ( and still today) are Chromebooks.
No wonder Intel is interested.
What do you think?