PDA News – Palm OS still reigns, New Smartphone, Sharp LCDs

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Palm OS, Palm Inc tops in PDA market

According to the latest figures by market research firm Gartner, Palm-based handhelds comprised 51.4% of all handhelds shipped worldwide in the second quarter, maintaining a thin absolute majority. Second place was Microsoft’s PocketPC/Windows Mobile platform, controlling 35.9% of the market, with the remaining 12.7% occupied by Linux, Symbian, and other. Note that these figures only apply to PDAs, not to smartphones, though they do include hybrids such as the Samsung i series and the Tungsten W.

In terms of individual manufacturers, Palm Inc. stayed in the top spot, with 38% of the market, and HP stayed in second place at 15%.

The top selling handheld for the quarter was the Palm Zire 71, which is something of a surprise. You don’t hear about the Z71 much, but it’s a big hit, and is eating into sales of it’s Sony competitors.

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Few details on SPV2

European telecom company Orange recently posted some information about an upcoming model in the SPV line to it’s website. From Brighthand:

According to Orange, the SPV2 will be similar to the previous models, with a few improvements, like integrated Bluetooth.  Though Smartphone 2003 is expected soon, the SPV2 will still use Smartphone 2002.  It will have a 16-bit color screen that is 220 by 176 pixels.  All devices running this operating system have a joystick for user input, not a touch screen



Sharp produces brighter, low-power LCDs

Sharp Microelectronics is initiating production on a new version of their AD-TFT transreflective LCD displays. The 3.5 inch QVGA (240 x 320) LCD panels provide up to 262K colors, a brightness of 100 nits, and consume less than 365 milliwatts of power. In comparison, the LCDs used on the high-end iPaq 5000 series provide 75 nits of brightness, and consume 480 milliwatts. Needless to say, an increase of brightness by 35%, while lowering power consumption by 25%, is impressive.

Sharp LCDs are used on various brands of handhelds including the HP iPaq.




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