Google Expanding Retail Availability of Chromebooks

Pulkit Chandna

Walmart, Staples and many other retailers jump on the Chromebook bandwagon

In a major shot in the arm for Google’s cloud OS ambitions, Walmart and Staples have agreed to carry laptops running Chrome OS . What’s more, they aren’t the only ones, as several other retailers around the U.S. and 10 other countries where Chromebooks are already available will also be part of this massive retail push.

Beginning with Walmart on Monday and Staples over the coming weekend, Chromebooks will now be available in “over 3 times more stores than before, or more than 6,600 stores around the world,” the search engine giant has announced. For good measure, select Office Depot, OfficeMax, Fry’s and TigerDirect outlets will also be jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon over the next few months.

Retail availability is also set to expand in the 10 other international markets where Chromebooks are currently sold. “In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Mediamarket and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden,” David Shapiro, director of Chromebook marketing, wrote in a blog post Monday  “In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well. We’re working hard to bring Chromebooks to even more countries later this year.”

While the increase in retail availability is definitely great news for Chrome OS, the platform has a long way to go before its market share statistics are respectable enough to warrant a mention.

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