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HP beats up competition in PDA market, RIM surges

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Tue Apr 20 2004, 12:43
MARKET RESEARCH FIRM Canalys released figures for the first calendar quarter of 2004 which showed that the whole market has surged by 62% in Europe, compared to the same quarter last year.

Smart phones are up 83% on the year, while handhelds and wireless handhelds grew by 33% quarter on quarter.

In the "voice centric market", while Nokia still leads overall, its market share has fallen, sales of Sony Ericsson units are flat, while Siemens has joined the top three.

In the so-called "data centric" market, HP shipped 251,430 units, a growth rate of 56%. PalmOne, on the other hand, only saw a growth of one per cent.

Sales of RIM Blackberrys leapt by an astonishing 1058%, to ship 68,460 units. Dell sold 43,120 - a growth, quarter on quarter of 22%.

In the terms of market share in this sector, HP holds 29.5%, palmOne 27.4%, RIM 8%, Dell 5.1%, and the others 30%.

Chris Jones, a senior analyst at Canalys, said lower unit prices, colour displays and voice integration accounted for RIM's progress in Europe over the last 18 months. It was in a position to take advantage of the return of corporate spending, he said. Further, it's also expanded its relationships with operators.

Across all devices, and for operating systems, Symbian is the market share leader with 59.7%, Microsoft has 24.8%, PalmSource 11.8% and others 3.6%. µ



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