Palm Maintains Worldwide Lead in Handheld Shipments
In the second quarter of this year, Palm Inc. held on to its dominate lead of the worldwide handheld market with a 32.4% share, according to IDC. It shipped 846 thousand units during the quarter. This, however, was down from the previous quarter. A distant second was Hewlett-Packard, which recently combined with Compaq, with 18.6% and 485 thousand units shipped. Sony was in third place with roughly 10% of the market and 250 thousand handhelds shipped. Handspring shipments dropped to just 6.5% of the world market and fourth place because IDC doesn't count smartphones in this category and therefore excludes most of the Treo line.
In fifth place is Hi-Tech Wealth, which sells Pocket PC devices only in China. After that is Sharp with 4.3%, Toshiba with 3.8% and RIM with 3.4%.
Palm also saw a serious drop in units shipped compared with the previous quarter, when it shipped 1.27 million handhelds. H-P increased marginally, Sony remained the same and Handspring, as mentioned earlier, dropped almost by half.
Overall, the number of handhelds shipped worldwide decreased over 16% last quarter as compared to the first quarter of 2002. Many people are postponing their purchases waiting for new devices with Palm OS 5 coming this fall and the slowing world economy is hurting sales, too.
These figures are for the number of handhelds shipped during the second quarter of 2002. It counts handhelds shipped to retailers and directly to customers.
In the U.S.
Palm holds an even larger lead in the U.S. It had a 42.1% share of that market, with 558 thousand units shipped. HP was in second with 17.2% of the market and 228 thousand units shipped. Sony was third with 175 thousand units shipped for 13.2% of the market. Handspring was fourth with 10.1% and 134 thousand units. RIM rounded out the top five with 6.1% of the market on shipments of 80 thousand units.
However, Palm saw its lead slip in the United States, too. In the first quarter of this year, it shipped 811 thousand units so the second quarter's 558 thousand units was a big drop. .HP increased slightly while Sony went down a bit. Again, Handspring dropped significantly because sales of the Treo smartphones weren't included.
The whole U.S. handheld market is down for the quarter, as well. In the second quarter, 1.3 million handhelds were shipped to the U.S., down from 1.7 million in the first quarter.
- PIC: Top Three Handheld Makers in U.S. Market All Use the Palm OS (April 22, 2002)
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