Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Handheld sales in 2001

Here's a synopsis of today's WSJ article on worldwide sales of handheld computing devices. I don't subscribe to the WSJ. If anyone knows where a more complete version of the report can be found on the web, let me know. Thanks! Tom Peters (

The worldwide growth rate for the handheld device market slowed to 18% in
2001, and is likely to grow by only another 18% this year. Palm still leads
the market, with 57% of all devices sold in 2001 based on its operating
software, according to Gartner Dataquest. That percentage represents a
decline from 2000, however, when Palm boasted a 66% market share. In
contrast, Microsoft's PocketPC software gained market share, with about 21%
of all devices sold last year based on its platform, projected to rise to
25% this year. On the hardware side, competitors are making inroads into
Palm's dominant position as well. Handspring, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard
were among the companies that eroded Palm's market share in the past year.
(Wall Street Journal 13 Feb 2002),,SB101355847714415440.djm,00.html (sub req'd)

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