Palm OS Hits 20 Million Handhelds
The Platform Solutions Group, the Palm subsidiary that licences the Palm OS, has reported that the total number of handhelds running the Palm OS ever sold has passed the 20 million mark worldwide. November sales figures from market research firm NPD Intellect showed Palm Powered handhelds made up about 82% of all handhelds sold at retail in the United States. In preliminary numbers for December, that percentage rose even higher. The top three handheld vendors during the all-important holiday season all sold devices using the Palm OS: Palm, Handspring and Sony.
The Platform Solutions Group didn't release any detailed sales numbers and NPD Intellect hasn't put them out, either.
In October, the lineup of top handheld companies was pretty much the same. Palm was first with 51.2%. Handspring was in second place with 19.5% and Sony third with 10.4% of the market.
Some had predicted that the release of the Pocket PC 2002 OS from Microsoft on October 4, 2001 would greatly increase sales of handhelds from Compaq, H-P, and others. So far, this doesn't appear to have happened.
David Nagel, head of the Platform Solutions Group, said in a Reuters interview, "Frankly, the truth of the matter is that they [Pocket PC devices] are much bigger and more expensive products because the operating system is bloated. It has a lot of stuff that is a holdover from the PC days that simply is not necessary in the enterprise or anywhere else.''
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