Smartphones Have Started to Impact PDA Sales
June 16, 2003-
Most of the Smartphone demand has come in Europe and Smartphone sales is likely to top 50% of total PDAs in 2003. Strong growth is also expected in Asia and the USA.
The Symbian software platform is prevalent in Europe and leads the PDA-Phone/Smartphone segment. The cell phone manufacturers have the most extensive distribution channel network for Smartphones and this will favor Symbian-based devices in most regions. As the PC/PDA manufacturers get on the Smartphone bandwagon, Symbian will see stronger competition. However, for Pocket PC or Palm devices to challenge Symbian, some of the leading cell phone manufacturers and/or the cell phone operators must embrace the Pocket PC or Palm platforms.
"The demand for PDA functionality has not decreased, but the type of mobile device the customer wants is changing", says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. " This trend lowered traditional PDA sales in several regional markets in 2002, but Smartphones sales made up for the decline."
These are results from a new market research report by eTForecasts. The report explores the markets, technologies, computer platforms and product segments for PDAs including market estimates for six regions of the world from 1998 to 2008. eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries.
|Updated June 16, 2003|