Four times as many Chromebooks were shipped in the last quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to figures from market researcher Canalys.
In the fourth quarter, more than 11 million Chromebooks were shipped from manufacturers, compared to 2.5 million in the last quarter of 2019.
It points to a much higher demand for the laptops, which run on a web-oriented operating system from search giant Google. In all of 2020, 30 million copies were shipped.
According to Canalys, the Chromebooks are especially popular in the United States and Western Europe. Schools use a lot of Chromebooks and increasingly want every student to have their own device. The growth came in the midst of a pandemic, forcing many students to study from home.
HP is the market leader with 3.5 million Chromebooks shipped in the quarter, according to the researcher. Lenovo saw its Chromebook sales grow 1,766 percent to 2.8 million laptops. Lenovo is thus also taking market share away from HP.