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Report: 17.7 Million PDAs Shipped in '06
Feb 6, 3:17 PM (ET)
By BRUCE MEYERSON
NEW YORK (AP) - Global shipments of handheld computers rose 18.4 percent to 17.7 million in 2006, with Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM)'s BlackBerry showing strong growth, but Palm Inc. (PALM) suffering a steep decline in sales and market share, Gartner Inc. (IT) reported Tuesday.
In terms of operating systems for personal digital assistants, shipments of devices based on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows platform grew by 38.8 percent to nearly 10 million. Those shipments, by multiple manufacturers of Windows-based devices, increased Microsoft's market share to 56.1 percent, up from 47.9 percent in 2005, the research company said.
BlackBerry retained the top spot for PDA devices shipped, growing 10 percent to 3.5 million for the year, but its market share slipped from 21.3 percent in 2005 to just a shade below 20 percent during 2006, Gartner said.
Palm saw PDA shipments slide by 29 percent to less than 2.8 million devices, its market share plummeting to 11.1 percent from the prior year's 18.5 percent.