I say this almost every year, and I’ll continue saying it because I love Chrome OS, the Chromebook, and Chromebox so much. It’s the reason why I started this blog back in 2018. At that time the Chromebook was massively misunderstood. Don’t get me wrong it still is, but these misunderstandings are thankfully declining as each year passes.
I’ve been using Chromebooks from the very beginning. I even remember reading a newspaper article about a new type of computer run by a Google operating system. I immediately got excited and looked into it further. This led to me purchasing my first Chromebook as soon as they were released. That was the HP 11 Chromebook, and I was pretty impressed with it.
It’s fair to say the Chromebook has had a pretty hard time proving itself as a computer you’d want to own. So many people were against Chrome OS because they simply did not have the same vision that Google had. Fast forward to 2022 and Chrome OS is in the strongest position it’s ever been in.
New Chromebook releases are a regular occurence
What is really good to see in 2022 is that we’ve kicked it off with a Chromebook that looks pretty god damn amazing. Yes, the HP Elite Dragonfly is already the one to beat in 2022 and we’re only in January.
HP has been making Chromebooks from the very beginning, so they’ve got plenty of experience in this sector. In fact, HP has been the best-selling manufacturer of Chromebooks in the past few years. However, in 2021 HP sold fewer Chrome OS computers than Lenovo. I do believe this may have been a one-off though, but we’ll have to wait and see.
I love the fact we’re in the first month of 2022 and we’ve already been teased with what the Chromebook will offer us going forward. Rewind to 2018/19 the market got a little static for a while and new Chromebook releases were few and far between.
Manufacturers are right behind the Chromebook
The fact we’re now seeing more Chromebooks being released shows manufacturers are right behind the Chromebook. Manufacturers would not be showing so much interest in the Chromebook unless they thought it was growing in market share.
The pandemic we’ve all gone through in the last couple of years completely changed how we all live. It also changed how most of us worked, and the Chromebook saw a huge rise in sales because of this. This is totally understandable when you consider just how great Chromebooks are for remote working.
On top of the consumer. Schools around the world had to get used to teaching pupils remotely. Again, this meant we saw a huge rise in sales of the Chromebook.
It may be a little early to say. However, I think we are possibly over the worst of the pandemic. This means people will slowly start returning to normal. We’ll possibly not go back to how we were completely, but it will happen gradually over time.
The Chromebook needs to rise to the next challenge
Manufacturers saw a huge rise in sales due to the pandemic. They now need to concentrate on releasing Chromebooks people are interested in buying. It looks like HP is all too aware of this with the release of the HP Elite Dragonfly.
HP releasing the Chromebook to beat in 2022 so early is good news. They’ve started 2022 by setting down a challenge to all the other manufacturers. This means we’ll be seeing some great Chromebooks being released in 2022.
We’re at a new crossroads for the Chromebook. We’ll soon see the splitting up of Chrome OS and the browser. We are also in the year where we’ll most likely see Steam games become truly playable locally.
This means we’ll start to see a new type of Chromebook in the future. We’ll still see budget and medium spec releases. However, I’m sure we’ll start seeing more high-spec devices that can be used for playing games locally.
Chrome OS has come such a long way in the last couple of years. What I am happy about the most is how the general public has had a major shift in opinion when it comes to Chrome OS. Sure, there are still many people who don’t understand what Chrome OS offers. However, you only need to read the comments on retail sites to see the Chromebook is getting a much better reception than it did a few years ago.
I’m really looking forward to 2022. We’ll be seeing so many new devices being released, and Chrome OS will continue to offer us more functionality. If you don’t yet own a Chromebook. Then I would strongly recommend doing some research and buying one. They are the future of computing.