Palm OS Leads the US Smartphone Market
Palm OS holds the leading share in the U.S. smartphone market, according to data released by the NPD Group, a retail sales tracking firm. According to NPD's report, U.S. market share for Palm Powered smartphones in February 2004 was more than double its nearest competitor.
NPD's data on the U.S. smartphone market gave Palm OS a 46% unit share, an increase of five points from January. Pocket PC Phone Edition held 22 percent, Microsoft Smartphone held 13 percent, Symbian held 11 percent, and Linux held eight percent.
Palm OS share was boosted in February by rising sales of the palmOne Treo 600, and continued strong sales of Palm Powered smart phones from Samsung and Kyocera. Palm Powered smartphones are also created by Group Sense PDA Limited of Hong Kong, but those products are not yet available in the US market.
The NPD Group tracks sales of smartphones - which it defines as phones with operating systems - through a combination of domestic retail sales reports and weekly surveys of approximately 35,000 U.S. consumers. In February, NPD's report showed that smartphones accounted for about 25 percent of Palm OS devices sold in the United States. (Note: NPD's list of smartphones does not include phones based on Symbian Series 60 software, but even if they were included, Palm OS would still have the leading share.)
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