Palm's Lead Slips in EMEA

While Palm Inc. retained its lead in the number of handhelds shipped in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), its share has dropped significantly in the past year, according to a report from Canalys. During the first quarter of this year, Palm shipped 33.8% of the handhelds in that region. This is approximately the same share Palm had the previous quarter. Compaq was number two with 20.9%, after a hefty increase.

Nokia was number three with 9.2% of handhelds shipped, Casio was number four with 7.2%, and Handspring was fifth with 6.6%.

According to Canalys, the number of handhelds shipped during the first quarter of this year in EMEA was 678, thousand, down 30% compared to the same quarter of 2001.

According to a recent IDC report, the total number of handhelds shipped worldwide was 3.25 million during the first three months of this year, of which 1.7 million handhelds shipped in the U.S. That means 52% of the worldwide handheld shipments went to the U.S., 21% went to EMEA, and 27% elsewhere.

Palm had the lead in handhelds shipped worldwide with a 39% share, according to IDC . In second place was Compaq, with 10.1%. In third place was Handspring, with 9.9%, though IDC didn't count sales of the Treo. Sony was in fourth place with 7.7% of the market. Sharp was in fifth place with 4.5%.

These numbers aren't retail sales figures. These are the total numbers of handhelds shipped from manufacturers.

Canalys analyst Andy Buss believes that integrated Bluetooth will be increasingly important to handheld sales, especially in Europe.

"We strongly advise handheld vendors to focus on integrating Bluetooth rather than GPRS and compete actively for the customers who will prefer a two-device wireless data solution. It's good to see vendors promoting Bluetooth, but an integrated solution is always going to be preferable to an expansion slot approach, and easier for the customer to configure and use," said Mr. Buss.

Palm Inc. has promised to release a model with built-in Bluetooth later this year.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2002 7:43:37 PM #
Isn't EMEA Europe/Middle East/Africa??
RE: Africa?
Ed @ 4/26/2002 7:54:05 PM #
Where I used to work, The A stood for Asia. But after I read your comment, I did some checking and that's not the standard. Thanks, that makes these numbers make a lot more sense. I edited the article.

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RE: Africa?
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2002 8:01:12 PM #
Sure its not the buyers market of:
Estonia, Mongolia, East Germany(gone), and Antartica?
RE: Africa?
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2002 11:48:10 PM #
Nope, it's Ethiopia, Mozambique, Eritrea and Azerbaijan!
RE: Africa?
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2002 2:13:48 AM #
Palm is number ONE. woo hoo........


Romanov @ 4/27/2002 2:20:12 AM #
I have to agree that the Ipaq with integrated bluetooth is extremely attractive in UK due to the huge number of bluetooth enabled mobile phones.

Even though from an economic sense spending £100 on Bluetooth compared to £20 on cable appears to be daft, Palm should start pushing their SD card and Handspring should make people aware of the existance of the Red-M Blade product. Very few people in the UK are aware that the latest Palm's and all the Visor series can be made bluetooth compatible since the main high street stores do not carry the bluetooth SD card or the springboard. If they want Bluetooth the only option appears to be the Ipaq.

However I do wonder how easy the bluetooth on the Ipaq is to operate. I have yet to find a store in the UK to successfully demo the Ipaq's bluetooth capabilities.

Nic Hughes

RE: Bluetooth
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2002 2:54:17 AM #
iPaq's blueetooth is still shaky, but they just release a patch last week, that should fix several problem.

Palm is actually better in term of initializing the radio and making the connection. (this is people's comment before the latest patch update)

But everybody seems to agree that iPAQ's is much better in utilizing the bluetooth after the connection is made. (sync/browse/etc etc) So Palm needs to work on that.

Palm in Europe is dying

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2002 10:46:28 AM #
Look for a Symbian/PocketPC domination
RE: Palm in Europe is dying
mrscarey @ 4/29/2002 6:45:35 PM #
It seems to be taking its time. Every time figures like these are published, in fact in spite of them, someone still posts anything to bash Palm.

The numbers speak for themselves. 33.8% Palm 20.96% Compaq. What makes you think this is leading to Symbian/PocketPC "domination".

The word domination would imply control of or greatest market share. What are you talking about?


palmist and visionary


I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2002 2:42:45 AM #
You know, whenever the retail sales figures are released, the PPC apologists say that their (circa 15%) market share figures are distorted because they don't include direct sales to corporate buyers.

Well, the above figures show that the market share figures, based on total units shipped, are split in roughly proportions as the retail numbers. Looks to me like M$ is losing the fight for enterprise sales as well as retail sales.

RE: Statistics
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2002 1:35:21 PM #
if you tally the Palm and PPC,

Palm+H/S -- 40.4%
all PPC -- 34.1%

contrast to US sale that says 80-20%, but this is European total market compare to US retail so. But at least it debunk your idea that it is in same proportion.



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