Sales of laptop computers with Google's Chrome operating system are estimated to reach 5.2 million units this year, a 79% increase from 2013, according to Gartner. The market research firm forecasts annual Chromebook sales will hit 14.4 million units by 2017. Chief information officers of public school districts are big fans of Chromebooks. Gartner estimates that education accounted for almost 85% of Chromebook sales in 2013.
Intel has introduced a line of Chromebook laptops based on its Atom "Bay Trail" and i3 processors. Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard are making these new Chromebooks, according to Intel. ABI Research forecasts Chromebook shipments will increase from 2.1 million units last year to 11 million in 2019.
A filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals that Sony is developing a Vaio laptop computer running on the Chrome operating system from Google. The Laptop Reviews website speculates that the Sony Chromebook might use a Tegra 250 T25 processor from Nvidia. Meanwhile, Google is reworking the user interface of the Chrome OS, hoping to boost consumer adoption of Chromebooks.
Google, according to a published report, might debut its own branded notebook computer with the Chrome operating system later this month. The report went on to say that computer makers Acer and Hewlett-Packard will be launching notebooks running the Chrome OS in December.