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IDC: worldwide PDA sales to decline this year

Oct 28, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

The worldwide market for handheld devices grew in the third quarter of 2003, but overall sales for 2003 are likely to end up lower than 2002, according to market analyst IDC. The news comes as part of IDC's “Worldwide Handheld QView” quarterly report released this week.

“This quarter's performance represents a rare positive sign in a handheld device market fighting competition and harsh consumer and enterprise spending conditions,” said David Linsalata, associate research analyst in IDC's Mobile Devices program. “While personal information management has proven to be the killer application for more than 25 million users worldwide, handheld devices must evolve with new segments, applications, and technologies if the market is to remain relevant . . .”

Find more details of IDC's report at LinuxDevices.com's new sister site, DeviceForge.com.

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