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New Leader in the Growing SHD Market, Finds IDC

  • 11 March, 2004 12:31

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, March 11th, 2004 – The final quarter of 2003 for the Smart Handheld Device (SHD) market saw massive year-on-year growth of 93.4% and a small decline of 1.7% from 3Q 2003 in unit shipment terms. After strong growth in 3Q 2003 the Pen-based space decreased by 5.6% sequentially. This decline was softened by the increase of voice-centric devices of 12.7%, albeit off a smaller installed base.</p>
<p>IDC Associate Analyst, Michael Sager said “Vendors in the Australian SHD market are becoming more strategic in their product positioning and their focus on particular segments of the market. In particular the focus is shifting towards the low end of the market, in addition to converged devices that meet the current usage requirements of end users.”</p>
<p>“Despite leading the market in 4Q 2003, Microsoft’s Pocket PC OS declined by 11.9% quarter on quarter, on its way to accounting for 40.3% of all SHD shipments. The strongest growth from an OS perspective was for Palm, which grew by 11.3% from 3Q 2003. In third position was Symbian, which was again strong to garner 18.2% share in the last quarter of 2003” added Mr Sager.</p>
<p>After falling to second position in 3Q 2003, the new palmOne took over the first position in the market with 29.9% share. The acquisition of Handspring has helped Palm to grow within this market. After boasting strong growth last quarter, HP fell to second position in 4Q 2003 with a decline of 18.7% sequentially. Nokia was able to maintain in the third position followed by RIM and Sony Ericsson rounding out the top five.</p>
<p>Top five vendors (total market):</p>
<p>Palm -- 29.9%
HP -- 26.3%
Nokia -- 13.1%
RIM -- 7.3%
Sony Ericsson -- 4.0%
(Others -- 19.4%)</p>

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