The Google Chromebooks, laptops integrated with the Chrome OS, have been out now for two years and have met with mixed response. While students and low-budget users have shown an interest in the sleek notebooks, average users have mostly stayed away from the devices that are designed to operate with the Internet applications from Google. But a recent announcement from the search engine giant finally shows some signs of acceptance for the Chromebooks.
Google has officially stated that Wal-Mart, one of the largest retail outlets in the country, is carrying the latest Acer Chromebook in around 2,800 stores across the U.S. The laptop comes with a 16 GB solid state drive and is priced at $199.
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From this weekend, another major biggie Staples is also reportedly planning to display a mix of Chromebooks from Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Samsung to more than 1,500 of its stores in the U.S. Best Buy and Amazon.com have already started putting Chromebooks from various tech giants for sale.
In the first quarter in America, around 460,000 Chromebooks were shipped. Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at market research firm Gartner, said that Chromebooks are showing growth although the volume is still small. However, another research firm IDC has predicted that the shipments of Chromebooks could reach 3 million worldwide in this year, up from 360,000 in last year.