PDA News – PDA Shipments Down, AllTime 4.0 Released, O2 Hits Asia, Legend Releases New Palm

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Gartner claims PDA shipments fell 11% in Q1 2003

From the release:

Continuing economic stagnation affected the worldwide PDA market as shipments totaled 2.8 million units in the first quarter of 2003, an 11.1 percent decline from the same period last year, according to preliminary statistics from Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). In the first quarter of 2002, worldwide PDA shipments totaled 3.2 million.

Palm held onto the top spot in the worldwide rankings with 32.8 percent of PDA shipments (see Table 1). Although Palm shipped more that twice the units of its nearest competitor, its market share continued to decline. Hewlett-Packard remained in the No. 2 spot with 16 percent of the market, followed by Sony, with market share of 13.3 percent. Toshiba and Sony showed the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors with growth rates of 276 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

“Roughly half of Palm’s shipments in the first quarter of 2003 were from the $99 Zire. While Palm makes good margins on this unit, it needs better products at the upper end of the market if it is to maintain its strong position in the enterprise market,” said Todd Kort, principal analyst for Gartner’s worldwide computing platforms worldwide group. “HP was forced to take a more aggressive pricing posture because of Dell’s entry into the market, but otherwise Dell has not yet seriously eroded HP iPAQ sales.”

Iambic has released an update to AllTime, time and expense tracker

From their site:

AllTime is designed to capture time, expenses, and autolog entries which can be later used for billing, reimbursement, or general tracking purposes. AllTime latest version has been optimized to support the Palm OS 5 platform, and has a notably improved user interface, benefiting from the viewing and navigational capabilities of all Palm OS devices. Its powerful features allow the user to customize the program to fit specific needs. AllTime is enhanced to include extensive color support, small font options – available for all high-resolution and high-resolution-plus devices – and a number of other additional style views.

4.0 has a number of improvements including:

  • Full support for Palm OS 5 and above
  • Improved user interface
  • Template support. Use time, expense and autolog entry templates and to quickly create new items.
  • Extensive linking support
  • Day view
  • Cross tab view
  • Additional TimeReporter 4 style views
  • Integrated reporting features, no separate reporting tool needed
  • New report to TinySheet capability saves time, expense and autolog entries in TinySheet workbook format
  • Improved and extended sorting and filtering options
  • High Resolution, High Resolution +, High Density and small support in the list views

    Improved and optimized Client and Project linking

    Get more info or purchase for $40 at the Iambic site.

    O2 to Launch Smartphone in Asia

    According to infoSync World, O2 will be launching Smartphones in Asia very soon:

    UK based mobile network operator O2 will soon launch an O2 branded smartphone, based on Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 platform, in several countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    A little more info is available at the Infosync site and the O2 Smartphone site.

    Legend has released their latest Palm OS PDA in China

    PalmInfocenter.com is reporting the Legend Palm 168 has been released in China:

  • China’s largest PC firm, Legend Group, is now selling a Chinese language Palm OS Handheld in China. The Legend Palm 168 features a color screen, MP3 player, dictionary and voice recorder.

    The Legend Palm 168 has a 3.5 inch, 240 x 320 pixel screen that can display over 65,000 colors. It has a “virtual graffiti” area which can be hidden to allow full screen photos and ebooks. More…

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