Chromebooks are winning big in the classroom, according to a recent look at the sales of desktops, tablets and notebooks through November 2013.
Overall U.S sales for Apple’s MacBook and iPad decreased this past year
while Google Chrome and Android products soared. A study conducted by NDP Group
found 1.76 million Chromebook or Android products were sold through commercial
U.S. channels from January through November 2013, compared to 400,000 units in
2012. They attribute much of the increase to classroom use, in particular
interest in easy access to Google Docs and Google Drive.
"There are no governments or IT departments running out to buy these
products — they would be underwhelmed," Tim Bajarin, president of Creative
Strategies, told Mashable.
"Instead, this growth is being driven by education."
In early December, Dell released
Chromebook 11, driven by Google and designed specifically for the classroom.
Amplify, a division of News Corp., also has a tablet designed specifically for
the education market.