Business Insider/Sue Chen Google has a lot riding on its new Chromebooks, and it’s hoping the Chromebooks’ rapid sales will boost its brand’s sales in the months ahead.
But with its sales falling for the third straight month, the Google search giant is already in hot water with customers and regulators over the Chromebook’s sale and sale of stolen goods.
The latest to fall is netgear, the maker of Netgear routers and other hardware used by Google and many of its partners.
According to a report from Axios, netgear’s sales dropped 5.3% for the second quarter of 2017.
Sales of the netgear router fell 5.2% for June, and the same trend holds true for netgear laptops.
Netgear also sells Netgear servers, so it has to contend with netgear sales falling on both sides of the country.
Netgear’s sudden drop in sales is just the latest to hit the net gear maker in recent months.
NetGear sold its networking business to a group of Chinese firms earlier this year, and in October, it announced a $200 million investment in a hardware business that it had previously been developing.
The news comes just as Google is taking steps to ease its brand image with the introduction of a new Chromebook Pixel.
Google plans to launch the Chromebook Pixel with a cheaper price than its predecessor, the Pixel 2.
It will be the first Chromebook to feature a removable battery, and Google plans on adding some other design elements.
Google has also introduced a new brand, netcast, to take on the role of netgear.
The new brand is a bit different from netgear and offers a more affordable Chromebook, which will be released later this year.