Google’s Chromebooks could become a key part of the company’s future plans in China, with the company considering bringing its Chrome OS-based operating system to the country’s more than two million PCs.
A new report from research firm Strategy Analytics suggests that Chromebooks, which are typically cheaper to buy than PCs, could soon overtake PCs as the company is planning to expand its reach in China.
According to the report, Chromebooks are expected to account for $2.8 billion in revenues in 2020.
The company plans to build out its presence in the country by selling hardware and software, including Chromebooks.
“Chromebooks have an extremely high conversion rate, which makes them an ideal solution for large-scale enterprise use,” said the report’s author, Brian Johnson, in a statement.
“They offer a much-needed layer of security, productivity, and accessibility that will allow businesses to achieve higher productivity and revenue.”
Google has been experimenting with Chromebooks for several years.
The Chrome OS operating system offers several new features, including a desktop-like interface, a cloud-based storage service, and an all-in-one desktop browser.
However, it’s currently limited to only a small number of Chinese-language-only devices.
The latest version of Chrome OS will be released in April, though Johnson noted that the company could be ready for an expanded version of the OS as early as 2019.
The report also suggests that Google could consider building Chromebooks into its Chrome operating system.
“A growing number of companies are planning to bring Chromebooks to market, including major brands such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, Dell, and others,” the report said.
“In the future, Chromebook sales could be a key component of Google’s expansion strategy.”
The company’s recent move to expand into China could be another sign of its continued push into the country.
The Wall St. Journal reported in September that Google was expanding into China and hiring 100 new people to build Chrome OS apps.
That move also resulted in the introduction of an app store called the China App Store.