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Google Chromebooks Have Not Been Selling Says Report

A report published by Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes, claims that vendors have been disappointed by early sales figures when they launched Chromebooks ahead of other PC vendors back in June 2011.

Both Acer and Samsung, which were the first to come out with the laptop, have apparently sold well under 10,000 units combined by the end of July, which is extremely disappointing and could explain why other vendors have not followed suit yet.

Should Chromebooks prove to be indeed a financial failure, it will be the second time, after the Google TV, that a venture involving both Google and Intel will have performed below expectation.

The Digitimes article (opens in new tab) highlighted one major pitfall of Chromebooks, the fact that Chromebooks are entirely dependent on internet connectivity for optimal usage and that without a decent connection, their unique selling point vanishes.

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, toured Taiwan on November 9th trying to gain more support from home grown vendors but even the lure of fast boot up, no viruses and no license fee might not be enough to convince them.

In addition, competition could come from two new breeds of laptop; Ultrabooks, which come with Intel hardware and Windows OS now, and Smartbooks, based on ARM and Windows 8, from next year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.