PDA News – SmartPhone Software Sales up, Palm Leads PDA Market, Gameboy Movies

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Handango Quarterly Yardstick for Handheld Software

Handango, the leading publisher of mobile software, today released a quarterly report of mobile and handheld Software Sales that contained some interesting numbers.  It turns out that SmartPhone users are the most software hungry group of consumers.  SmartPhone users – those using data-centric devices such as the Sony Ericsson P800, Orange SPV (Europe), Handspring Treo or T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition purchase on average 5.39% software (in U.S. dollars) than PDA users and 291% more than data-capable phone users.  The number of new software applications for the past quarter reached 7,467 and the number of new software vendors totaled 1,015, both new records for a quarter and astonishing numbers.  The handheld software market is becoming very competitive, this has driven the average price of a software purchase down from $16.25 in Q4 to $14.85 Q1 of 2003.  Let’s hope quality and utility of applications continues to improve to!  If you want a 10% discount on software from Handango, visit the bargainPDA/Handango co-branded store and use coupon code C624F1 to get 10% off any software purchase.

Palm Still #1, Overall Handheld Sales Down Though

Palm rests atop the charts of the handheld market with a 36% share of sales.  This is actually down from last years share of 40.2%.  HP made gains by jumping to an 18% market share of handheld sales, Sony made gains and holds 16.3% of the market and most impressive of all, Dell went from nothing a year ago to owning 6.5% of the market.  That means Dell is the #4 in handheld sales in the U.S. in less than 5 months of being in the game.  Palm, HP and Sony should definitely be concerned by Dell’s rise.  However, handheld makers should be more concerned by the fact that handheld shipments of 2.45 million units for Q1 fell 21% from last year, that’s a major ouch.  The decline is attributed to the economy of course, but also to the fact that businesses are yet to be moved by any one device the offers a compelling business reason to buy units in bulk.  HP addressed this issue with the iPaq 5450 device, a handheld with biometric security,  bluetooth and wi-fi built in.  It is selling well to enterprise buyers, but not so much with the consumer market, HP knows what it is doing here though and other device makers will have to cater more to business to get sales going.

Pocket PC Films Takes Movies from PDA to Game Boy

A few weeks ago I did a review on Pocket PC Films and their products.  It’s a cool company that sells movie content for the Pocket PC and Palm devices.  Content is distributed via a CD that is used to copy content to your handheld device from your desktop PC.  Well, now the movies you buy from Pocket PC Films (go to www.pocketpcfilms.com or www.amazon.com to purchase movies) can be viewed on the Game Boy Advance

This is done via the Pocket Pix Cartridge , a plug and play adaptor that enables full-length feature films, video, and MP3 s to be played on Nintendo s Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Advance SP.  This adaptor is designed to fit into the Game Boy plug-in card slot and operates as easily as swapping out video games.  The Pocket Pix Cartridge advanced compression software enables it to fit up to 75 minutes of video and audio onto a standard 64MB SD card.  The cartridge comes equipped with an SD multimedia slot for storage, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, a free sample movie, a code to download another free film and a USB port to transfer content.

The Pocket Pix Cartridge will debut at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, May 13-16, and will hit retail stores shortly thereafter at an MSRP of $59.95

Memory Card Rebates

Amazon has the Lexar high speed 12x 256MB Compactflash for $43.48 after $20 rebate with free shipping.  Buy.com has Lexar 128MB Memory Stick for a low $28.99 after $15 rebate with free shipping.

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