Worldwide handheld device market declines in third quarter as old models turn off prospective customers

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

The worldwide market for handheld devices continued to decline during the third quarter of 2006, according to research from IDC.

The market analyst reported that total worldwide shipments of handheld devices fell to 1.1 million units, down 15.4% from the previous quarter and down 31.3% from the same quarter one year ago.

This represents the eleventh consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline for the worldwide handheld market.
"Contributing significantly to the decrease in shipments this quarter was a lack of new devices being announced or shipped to the market," said Ramon Llamas, research analyst for IDC's Mobile Markets team. "Vendors continue to rely on models that have been on the market anywhere between two and four quarters. Without many new devices on the market in the third quarter, it brings into question how shipments will total during the fourth quarter when vendors typically expect a boost in shipments as a result of new devices coming to market."

Palm is the top vendor, followed by HP, which suffered the largest year-on-year decline but was clearly ahead of the vendors in joint third place, Dell and Mio. Sharp enjoyed the largest gain in year-on-year shipments and regained the fifth spot.

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