Global handheld device market still declining"”report

18 May 2007

(Wireless News via NewsEdge) The worldwide handheld device market opened the year with its thirteenth consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline as user interest continued to transition towards converged mobile devices and other consumer electronics devices.

According to IDC, vendors shipped just over 900,000 handheld devices in the first quarter of 2007, 36.3% less than the previous quarter and 40.6% less than the same quarter a year ago.

The decrease in shipments coincides with the announcement that one of the leading vendors, Dell, is leaving the industry.

'Dell's exit from the handheld device market underscores the market's decline,' said Ramon Llamas, research analyst with IDC's mobile device technology and trends team.

Palm stood out as the clear leader among all handheld device vendors during the quarter, but even it was not immune to the decline in shipments, dipping below the 300,000 unit mark.

Consequently, Palm saw its lead over second place HP shrink to less than 100,000 units. HP remained the clear number two vendor worldwide, but nonetheless saw its shipment volumes decline.

Mio gained further clarity as the number three vendor worldwide, distancing itself further from fourth place Dell and posting the only positive year-on-year change among the leading vendors.

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