Feeds

Palm retains world marketshare lead – just

Compaq knocks Handspring out of number two slot

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Gartner Dataquest's latest figures for the PDA market during the second quarter of the year continue to show what a tough time Palm had of three-month period.

Not only did its own marketshare fall, from 50.4 per cent in Q1 to 32.1 per cent in Q2, but arch-rival Compaq bucked the downward trend by more than doubling its marketshare, from 7.8 per cent to 16.1 per cent.

Overall PDA shipments were down 21 per cent, falling from Q1's 3.55 million units to 2.8 million. Compaq's sales jump - it sold 278,000 PDAs in Q1, 450,000 in Q2 - even took it above PalmOS licensee Handspring, for a long time the world's number two PDA supplier.

Handspring retained the number two position in the US, however, with a 17.3 per cent share of the market, compared to Compaq's 16 per cent. Palm took 40 per cent of the US market during Q2, down from 54.2 per cent in Q1.

All of which tells us that Palm shouldn't be written off quite as much as some observers have done. Palm does have to work hard in the European market, but the US and combined global figures suggest it still has a solid market lead - even during a period when sales were down across the board and when it had undergone a very poor product transition.

That's not to suggest of course that all is well with Palm - the company will have to work to ensure that Compaq's gains don't come at its own expense or of its Palm OS licensees.

Market watcher the Aberdeen Group last week reckoned PocketPC will own more of the market than Palm by 2005, but that's too far off to be meaningful - simply, too much can happen in that space of time.

Aberdeen's thesis is based on the corporate market as the key driver for PDA sales. Dataquest broadly concurs with that viewpoint. Aberdeen is keen to try and devine some technological reason why enterprises will choose Windows CE over the Palm OS, but the real advantages the Microsoft platform has are perceived familiarity with the apps and SO, and, above all, Compaq's corporate sales force.

Palm can target both, and the span of years between now and 2005 is more than enough time to do so, particularly with improved ARM-based and wireless products on the way. That goes double if the much-rumoured reliability problems hit Compaq's iPaq sales hard. ®

Related Story

Palm, Compaq head-to-head in Euro PDA market

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.