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Tech & Science Chrome OS: Google's Chromebook OS rose by more than 400 percent in Germany at the end of 2020.

17:15  21 january  2021
17:15  21 january  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The first notebook with Chrome OS came onto the market almost ten years ago. Since then, the market share of devices with Google's cloud-based operating system has grown massively, especially in the USA. For about a year and a half, Google has also been focusing on the German market - with success. At the end of 2020, Chrome OS in Germany increased by over 400 percent. Like the entire PC market, Google is benefiting from the corona crisis.

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The PC market is experiencing its strongest growth in ten years due to the corona crisis, among other things. - not only did sales of Windows and Mac computers increase, but especially that of Chromebooks. According to figures from the market researchers from Canalys from the third quarter of 2020, the market share in Chromebook sales grew to twelve percent with 9.4 million units sold. Compared to the previous year, this corresponds to a growth of 122 percent.

According to figures from the consumer research company, which has a dedicated look at the local market, the market for notebooks with Google's Chrome OS grew even more massively in the fourth quarter of 2020 than in other countries. In its consumer panel “Mobile Computing DE 2020”, Gfk speaks of Chromebook growth in Germany of over 451 percent at the end of 2020. This made it the fastest growing notebook OS in Germany. The market share in November 2020 was five percent - a year earlier, the OS had a share of 1.5 percent.

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Chrome OS achieved healthy growth in Germany in 2020. (Image: Google)

Chrome OS customers in Germany mostly private households

As Google explained during a virtual roundtable, the customer base differs between the USA and Germany: While Chrome OS devices in the USA are mostly bought by educational institutions, In Germany, the sales are distributed across all areas such as enterprise, education and private individuals, with the largest share being attributable to private individuals. However, it is a smooth transition as families are currently buying many Chromebooks for homeschooling their children, according to Google.

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Meet Chrome OS : the speedy, simple and secure operating system that powers every Chromebook . The Family Link app from Google helps you set digital ground rules for children using Chromebooks . Set screen time limits and adjust their account settings.

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In terms of hardware, too, Google is expanding the range of Chromebooks in various sizes, equipment and price ranges together with various hardware partners such as Acer, Asus, HP, Dell and Lenovo. Around 25 Chrome OS devices with screen diagonals of 10 to 15 inches are currently available in Germany at prices between EUR 1,500 and over EUR 3,000. In the coming months, more Chromebooks with a 15-inch diagonal can be expected, among other things, which are particularly useful in the home office.

In addition, Google will continue to expand Chrome OS. Although the operating system receives new features at regular intervals - about every two months - larger announcements can be expected in March 2021 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the first Chromebook. Apart from the focus on productivity and better integration with Android smartphones, Google has not given any specific details.

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