Chromebooks, Android Tablets 2013 Sales Leaders

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In 2013,  Microsoft  ( MSFT) Windows-based desktop sales were up, PC laptop sales were flat and Apple ( AAPL) laptop/desktop sales were down. The big winner was Google ( GOOG) with its line of low-priced Chromebooks which now account for 21% of all laptops/notebooks sold.

According to the latest numbers from the NPD Group a total of 14.4 million desktops, laptops and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels through November. That translates to a 25.4% increase over last year's numbers.

The 2013 numbers break down:

  • Overall desktop sales (all platforms) grew 8.5%
  • Laptop/notebook (all platforms) sales up 28.9%
  • Tablet sales (all platforms) jumped 49%
  • Windows laptop sales showed no growth
  • Windows desktop sales were up nearly 10%
  • Apple desktop and notebook sales fell 7%
The big winner in this year's survey was Google. Between its Android tablets and reasonably priced Chromebook, Google-based portables sold more than 1.75 million units. In 2012, that total was just 400,000 units.

A quick check of the current list of best selling laptops on Amazon.com ( AMZN) shows the top two products are currently the Samsung Chromebook ($243.22 plus free shipping) and the Acer C270 ($199).

Tablets accounted for 22% of all all personal computing devices sold through commercial channels. Apple iPads made up a whopping 59% of that total. Android tablet sales grew 160% and Windows tablet sales nearly tripled although overall numbers are small. Windows tablets now account for just over 2% of the total.

As for manufacturing brands Hewlett Packard ( HPQ) saw a 6% increase in total notebook sales over its 2012 numbers but the company's lack of strength in the tablet category brought down its overall, year-to-year market share from 36.4% to 30.4%.

Lenovo is still the second largest vendor with an almost 18% increase in notebooks and 30% increase in desktop sales. Tablet sales grew 200%.

Strong tablet sales placed Apple in third place. Tablets accounted for more than 80% of its commercial sales. Samsung placed fourth with healthy sales for its Android tablets and Chromebook models.

-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York

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