Palm Easily Retains Lead in Worldwide PDA Shipments
According to a report from Gartner Dataquest, Palm and the Palm OS easily maintained its lead over its rivals in units sold last quarter. In a move reminiscent of Palm's pre-announcement of the m500 series, buyers waiting for Pocket PC 2002 cut that OS's already weak share of the market almost in half.
Palm Inc. had 29.7% of worldwide PDA sales with 745 thousand units sold during the third quarter of 2001. That's a slight drop from its 31.7% in Q2. In the U.S., Palm had 38%, down from 40%
The second member of the top five companies was Handspring, who saw a strong increase in sales, probably due to agressive price cutting. Worldwide, Handspring went from 11% of the market to 14%, selling an additional 52 thousand handhelds to bring its quarterly total to 352 thousand. In U.S. sales, the company went from 17% to 22%.
Compaq was third with a mere 7.3% of the market. iPaq sales last quarter dropped sharply from 300 thousand in Q2 to 185 thousand in Q3. In the U.S., it went from 16% to just 6%.
Casio was fourth in worldwide sales with a 5.6% share. It had a good increase in units sold but many these appear to be from the company's non-PPC PDAs.
Hewlett-Packard had 5.3% of the market. Its sales dropped from 193 thousand to 135 thousand units.
Earlier this year, the Pocket PC OS had about 30% of the worldwide PDA market. Last quarter that dropped to just 18%. Gartner Dataquest blamed this drop on the pre-announcement of PPC 2002, saying that customer awareness of the new OS "significantly dampened demand".
Reflecting the slowing world economy, the number of PDAs sold last quarter dropped from 2.81 million units to 2.54 million. This is a sharp contrast to the constant rise in PDA sales seen in past years.
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