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The PDA market is in big trouble

Posted on Saturday, November 17 2007 @ 16:50:33 CET by

With smartphones getting more and more advanced the PDA market is in trouble:
In the third quarter, IDC says that 728,000 PDA shipments were made globally. To put this in perspective, consider that Apple sold one million iPhones in only half a quarter, and RIM saw sales of more than three million BlackBerrys for the quarter ended September 1.

Innovation is almost completely nonexistent, too. Palm, which leads the diminished PDA market with 44.6 percent market share, hasn't even released a new PDA for over two years (while releasing almost 12 new Treo models over the same period).

HP claims second place, with 27.2 percent of the market and plans to introduce several new PDA models in the new future. The 111 Classic model will presumably be aimed at consumers, while the 211 Enterprise targets businesses. HP will also be launching the upcoming iPAQ 610 Business Navigator, which it considers a "converged mobile device."

Other market players include Mio (11.2 percent of the market), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.4 percent of the market), and Sharp, with 2.4 percent. A miscellaneous group of "Others" account for the last 9.2 percent.
More info at ARS Technica.



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