3Com?s Palmpilots continued to dominate the worldwide handheld computer market last year and outsold almost of their competition, despite Microsoft?s challenge with Windows CE.
According to a new Dataquest study, 3Com saw shipments rise 57.1 per cent from 1997 to 1998 with sales of 1.6 million units. The firm?s market share dropped slightly, however, to 40.1 per cent from 41.2 per cent share the previous year.
Its nearest competitor, Sharp, shipped 828,000 units and grabbed 20.8 per cent of the market with its multiple product lines, including some models based on Windows CE.
But Psion?s strong sales in Europe won it the third position, with a 13 per cent market share, while number one Windows CE vendor, Hewlett Packard (HP), came in a distant fourth with 6.8 per cent.
But HP also saw its position being challenged by Philips as the company?s handheld sales grew only 12.1 per cent, while Philips grew an astonishing 150 per cent.
Overall, handheld systems based on Windows CE commanded 25 per cent of the total market in 1998, well behind 3Com?s PalmOS operating system, but ahead of Psion?s Epoc32.
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