Chromebook sales exceed Mac, Chrome OS becomes the second largest operating system
The data provided by the market analysis company IDC shows that Chromebook sales surpassed Apple’s Mac in 2020, and its market share has increased significantly. The Chrome OS it carries has also become the second most popular operating system. This is also the first time that Chrome OS has ranked second in market share.
Although the Chromebook’s market share has increased a lot, Apple’s Mac’s market share has not shrunk, so the real market share loss is Microsoft Windows, which has suffered a huge impact in 2020:
- Windows: Down 4.9 points, from 85.4% in 2019 to 80.5% in 2020
- Chrome OS: Up 4.4 points, from 6.4% in 2019 to 10.8% in 2020
- macOS: Up 0.8 points, from 6.7% in 2019 to 7.5% in 2020
Therefore, it is safe to say that the number of Chromebooks produced by PC manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo now exceeds Apple’s desktops and laptops combined (Mac and MacBook series).
In fact, Chrome OS has maintained steady growth in the past few years, but the impact of the epidemic has accelerated this trend in 2020. After all, Chrome OS challenges the dominant position of Windows in the low-cost notebook market. The 2020 epidemic has promoted distance education, and this field happens to match the low-priced laptop market that Chrome OS has long aimed at, and low-cost Chromebooks equipped with Chrome OS have swallowed a huge market.
This is undoubtedly a huge victory for Google and a warning to Apple and Microsoft. From another perspective, Chrome OS’s significant market share growth also sends a signal to app and game developers that Chrome OS should no longer be ignored.