Email drives PDA shipments

 

The personal digital assistant (PDA) industry has experienced its strongest recorded first quarter with 3.4 million shipments worldwide according to analyst, Gartner.

The personal digital assistant (PDA) industry has experienced its strongest recorded first quarter with 3.4 million shipments worldwide according to analyst, Gartner.

Shipments increased 25 percent from the same period last year and were the highest since Gartner began measuring in 2000.

"This increase is primarily the result of the growing popularity of wireless email, with users favouring larger displays and QWERTY keyboards that are operated with both hands," said Todd Kort, principal analyst in Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.

PDAs with integrated wireless or mobile capabilities accounted for approximately 55 percent of all PDAs shipped in the quarter, Kort said.

The average selling price (ASP) increased 15 percent to US$406 which Gartner analysts attributed to the rise in popularity of high-end wireless models.

Research in Motion became the number one ranked PDA vendor with a 75.6 percent rise in shipments while palmOne fell to number two position with a 26.33 percent decline.

palmOne market share dropped to 18 percent, its lowest since it entered the market in 1996.

“We expect that palmOne will be adding other operating systems and setting more of its own direction, while PalmSource is redirecting itself toward Linux and smartphones,” Kort said.

Windows CE was the most popular PDA operating system, followed by RIM and Palm OS.


Tags
 
 
 
Top Stories
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
IBM, NEC picked for major NSW Transport deals
Final contract negotiations begin.
 
Uncapped fees to drive digital agenda at universities
University CIOs look to provide the 'wow' factor.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1024

Vote