Handheld Manufacturers Continue Retreat
Following Sony's surprising exit from the US PDA handheld market earlier this summer, three other companies have announced their intentions to withdraw from the US handheld market.
In recent weeks, three large electronics companies have announced plans to stop selling and developing handheld PDAs for the US market. Toshiba, who produced a line of Pocket PC handhelds announced their intention to leave the US handheld market by the end of this year.
Just this week, two more manufacturers have retreated from the competitive US market. JVC which intended to market and produce two multimedia Pocket PC units. The company told InfoSync, they have halted all further development of PDA products 'indefinitely.'
The AP also reports, Sharp Electronics will stop selling its Linux-based handheld computer in the United States. The company has said they will continue to sell PDAs in its home market of Japan but "has made a business decision to cycle out of business development activities for the Zaurus SL6000" in the U.S. market.
Sales of traditional PDAs have slowed down and have remained flat over the past two years. Recent growth has shifted toward wireless devices and smartphones, that combine PDA features with mobile phone services. According to an IDC estimate, sales of smartphones are expected to triple current handheld levels by late 2005.
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