The worldwide Chromebook market is on track to reach 7.288 million units this year, up from 5.728 million in 2014, according to Gartner.
That figure is expected to increase to 7.953 million in 2016.
The bulk of these sales (68.8% in 2014 and a predicted 82.6% in 2015) are occurring in North America, where Gartner predicts a mere 2.6% growth during 2016.
APAC growth is predicted to slip from 54.1% to 22.7%.
"Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," said Gartner principal analyst Isabelle Durand.
"In 2014, the education sector purchased 72% of Chromebooks in EMEA, 69% in Asia/Pacific, and 60% in the US."
A local Gartner spokesperson said "In Australia, education sales were largely attributed to a decision by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta to use email, social media and a student lesson platform with the Google ecosystem. Students attending such schools are required to use Chromebooks in the classroom."
Business interest in Chromebooks clearly remains low, notwithstanding corporate adoptions such as Woolworths and some SME rollouts.
According to Gartner, Google is increasingly targeting the business segment with Chromebook for Work suite of office applications and has continuously improved access and functions by making more applications and services available offline.
"Chromebook is a device that can be considered by SMBs or new startup companies that do not have the resources to invest too much in IT infrastructure," said Durand.
"Chromebooks will become a valid device choice for employees as enterprises seek to provide simple, secure, low-cost and easy-to-manage access to new web applications and legacy systems, unless a specific application forces a Windows decision."
As for the consumer market, brand awareness is lacking, especially outside the US market, the company reports. Even though consumers may be familiar with Google Docs and related apps, by and large they do not know what a Chromebook is or what value it may bring.
"The majority of Chromebook users are tech-savvy individuals who purchase one as a companion device to their primary notebook or desktop PC. Others are buying a Chromebook for the household to use as a second low-cost PC alternative," said Durand.
"The major factors that affect the adoption of Chromebooks by consumers remain the connectivity issue in emerging markets, but also the ability for users to understand and get used to cloud-based applications, and keep content in the cloud and ecosystem."
Despite Samsung's decision to exit the European Chromebook market, it only slipped to second place (1.7 million units) on the 2014 Chromebook vendor ladder, behind Acer (more than 2 million units), with late entrant HP shipping 1 million units, largely to the education market.
Gartner clients can obtain the report Education Is The Primary Opportunity for Chromebooks here.