The PDA market notched its ninth consecutive quarterly loss during the first quarter of 2006 with sales falling 22.3 percent over the same period in 2005, IDC reported.
Worldwide shipments for the quarter totaled 1.5 million units, dropping from over 2 million units in the fourth quarter despite the incorporation of newer features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS in new PDAs. IDC noted that many of these same features can be found on mobile phones, which offer the added benefit of telephony.
Analyst Ramon Llamas said, “After nine consecutive quarters of year-over-year decline, many are wondering how long this trend will continue, and whether the market will see a reverse. IDC believes that the market will eventually hit a size where the rate of year-over-year decline will slow to a sustainable level. That size has yet to be determined, but will be sustained by the core users of handheld devices as well as the enhancements found on these devices.”
Palm’s shipment volumes for the first quarter fell 23.3 percent, Hewlett-Packard’s fell by 30.3 percent and Dell’s shipments fell 33.8 percent, said IDC.
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