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Google Chromebooks become best-selling device in education

LA School Report | November 11, 2014

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For the first time, Google Chromebooks were the best-selling device in the education market this quarter, beating out Apple’s iPad in the K-12 sphere, according to data from market research firm IDC.

The latest data is a high point for Chromebooks in their remarkable surge into the education industry. Two years ago, the Google-powered laptops were barely a blip on the radar, with just 1% of the “mobile computing” market, which includes laptop PCs but excludes desktop computers.

Back then, Apple iPads commanded more than 50% market share. In the third quarter of 2014, according to IDC, Chromebooks commanded 32% of the education market, just a fraction more than Apple’s 31%. “iPads have really been stalling, but Chromebooks are only gaining more traction,” said Rajani Singh, a senior analyst at IDC.

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