Feeds

Sony exits global PDA biz

Clie - we hardly knew you

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Sony is walking away from the PDA market in the United States and Europe, citing flat sales. It will continue to develop its PalmOS-based Clie range in Japan, but won't develop any new models outside its home country beyond the most recent addition to the range, the TH-55 that it released in February. The global PDA market shrank 11 per cent in the first three months of this year, according to IDC, although shipments jumped by a third in Europe where Sony snagged a 9.3 per cent share.

It's an ominous move for PalmSource. Sony is PalmSource largest customer after PalmOne, and a minority shareholder, and the software developer had hoped to renew its appeal to the media giant with Cobalt, the ground-up rewrite of the operating system released to licensees at the New Year. Since its first Clie was released in four years ago, Sony has led the raft of PalmOS licensees by introducing multimedia features such as photography and music playback. Earlier this year PalmOne's European boss Vesey Crichton hinted that the No.1 PDA manufacturer might consider other options. PalmOS was "not viewed internally as a religion", he said.

Sony shows no sign of walking away from handheld devices, however. In recent months it has unveiled two color portable music devices, the HMP-A1 and the Vaio PCVA-HVP20, and continues to invest in its Sony Ericsson phone subsidiary.®

Related stories

Sony to ship portable video, MP3 player next month
Sony unveils colour 'iPod killer'
Sony unveils tiny wireless pen PC
World PDA shipments plunge
PDA, smartphone sales rocket in Europe
UI Wars: Sony loves Symbian grits teeth
PalmSource to rebrand OSes Garnet, Cobalt
PalmOne mulls other OS choices report
Sony debuts low-end PDA alongside Wi-Fi models

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
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.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.