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Google Chromebooks outsell Macs for first time in the US

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Robert Holloway
May 20, 2016 18:05
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A big day for Chomebooks everywhere

Google has beaten Apple on the laptop sales front for the first time in the United States, according to research house IDC.

IDC said this was largely due to the popularity of Chromebooks in US schools, thanks to their low cost and simple operation.

"Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," IDC analyst Linn Huang was quoted as saying.

Indeed, the company has previously estimated that approximately 30,000 Chromebooks are entering US classrooms every day and reaffirmed its commitment to the platform at Google I/O on 19 May, when it announced that it was bringing Android apps to Chromebooks.

However, IDC reported that the global PC shipments continued to decline overall, with Europe seeing a double-digit fall.

IDC didn't reveal any information on how Chromebooks were performing outside of the US, although Lenovo, HP and Dell all beat Apple on PC shipments on a worldwide basis during the Q1.

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