Google has signed a deal with several retail stores to sell Chromebook laptops. Google is expanding its availability to over a hundred stores throughout the U.K. and thousands of stores around the world. Google is already selling Chromebooks at Dixons and 116 Tesco stores. Google is now going to sell Chromebooks at over 6,600 stores globally, which is three times the current total of outlets that are stocking the laptops.
There are going to be around 2,800 Walmart stores and over 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S. that are going to be selling Chromebooks. Media Markt and Saturn stores are going to be selling Chromebooks in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France, Elgiganten stores in Sweden, and JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman in Australia. Google has plans to expand in more countries this year.
Chromebooks made by Acer, Hewlett Packard, and Samsung will be selling the Chromebooks, including a new Acer Chromebook model that has a 16GB SSD. These deals will be huge for Google because Chrome OS currently only has a 0.023% of web traffic according to a report by NetMarketShare from this past April.
One of the reasons why many people have resisted buying a Chromebook is because the operating system is based on the cloud and is highly dependent on an Internet connection. Google is also making the laptops available through the Staples Advantage B2B program. They will also be expanding to Office Depot, Fry’s, OfficeMax, and TigerDirect.