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PDA Market Declines by 26% in Q1 2005, Finds IDC

  • 16 June, 2005 10:07

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, June 16th 2005 – The Australian smart handheld device market kicked off the 2005 calendar year on a resounding note, with the converged market maintaining strong growth, whilst pen-based shipments recorded a steep 26% decline from the previous quarter. Converged shipments accounted for almost 89% share of the total market, with voice-centric devices making up a large portion of total units shipped.</p>
<p>"The performance of the smart handheld device market in the first quarter has set the stage for the rest of 2005 in a dramatic way. The anticipated demise of the pen-based or PDA market is definitely on its way, as signalled by its lacklustre performance in the quarter. The PDA market in Australia has reached a very high level of maturity and is being increasingly cannibalised by devices combining data and voice capability," stated IDC Analyst, Mercie Clement.</p>
<p>"Yet, vendors competing in this declining market are fighting back, through the introduction of new models that incorporate MP3, photo storage and viewing, and even GPS navigation functionality, blurring the demarcation between personal information management and consumer electronics functionality," added Ms Clement.</p>
<p>"While IDC is not very optimistic about the future of PDA devices, converged devices are expected to continue its success in 2005. There will be significant growth in this market as vendors continue to address business applications and security concerns and as 3G mobile networks become ubiquitous. There will be a greater reliance on mobile devices including smart handheld devices with the growth of the mobile workforce, spurred by increased corporate travel, more flexible work arrangements, and a more fluid workforce," Ms Clement also noted.</p>
<p>From an overall operating system perspective, Symbian continued to lead the total market with 72% share. Microsoft maintained its second place with 17% share, while the third spot was tied between the Proprietary and Palm operating systems with 5% share respectively.</p>
<p>In terms of vendor rankings for the combined PDA and data-centric device market, HP emerged as the leader with 17.3% shipment share followed by Research in Motion (RIM) who finished the quarter in the second place, with 15.0% share. PalmOne gained the number three spot, with 14.9% share. Rounding out the top five were O2 and Sony Ericsson with 13.2% and 10.9% share respectively.</p>
<p>Top five vendors (total market):</p>
<p>HP - 17.3%
Research in Motion (RIM) - 15.0%
PalmOne - 14.9%
O2 - 13.2%
Sony Ericsson - 10.9%
(Others - 28.7%)</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Mercie Clement
Associate Analyst, PC Hardware
Phone: 61 2 9925 2258</p>
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