Palm OS Leads in Retail and Enterprise Sales
According to several market research firms, the Palm OS leads the handheld market in several important categories. An obvious one is retail sales. Though Palm has long led the this category, according to NPDTechworld, the Palm OS now has 87.2% of the U.S. retail market, growing 10 percentage points in the last two months. However, this isn't the only category where it is well ahead of the competition; the Palm OS also leads in worldwide enterprise sales and smartphone shipments.
Gartner Group recently calculated that in 2001, Palm OS licensees accounted for more than 50% of handhelds sold to large companies and government organizations worldwide, compared to 32% for Pocket PC licensees, 1% for Symbian, and 16% for other operating systems.
When these different channels are combined, Palm OS licencees make of three of the top five U.S. handheld makers. In March, Palm Inc. had 55.4% of sales in the combined retail, mail order, and corporate reseller channels. Handspring had 12.4% and Sony had 12.2%. Compaq was in fourth place with 9.4% while HP had 5.8%, according to NPDTechworld
With several smartphones running the Palm OS on the market, including the Samsung I300 and Kyocera QCP 6035, it isn't surprising that the Palm OS dominates this category. According to a recent IDC report, 93.2% of smartphones shipped in the U.S. in 2001 ran the Palm OS.
David Nagel, chief executive officer of PalmSource, said "Our goal -- to drive flexible innovation in mobile computing while maintaining the ease of use of the Palm OS -- is clearly resonating with individual buyers as well as with business enterprises. Users continue to prefer Palm OS for value; usability; battery life; reliability; and the enormous range and diversity of third-party software, accessories and content."
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