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Market for Handhelds Worth $1bn in Western Europe Last Year.

The market for smart handheld devices in Western Europe was worth over $1billion last year, according to market research firm International Data Corp, and the market for palm-size PC continues to show "exceptional growth" the company said. Around 1.4m smart handheld devices were shipped last year, with 3Com Corp's Palm III dominating the market. The launch of the Palm V and the deployment of color-screen palm-size PCs from Windows CE vendors such as Hewlett-Packard Co, Compaq Computer Corp and Sharp Corp should stimulate further growth.

"The demand for mobile email, access to information, and Internet access are all spurring demand for smart handheld companions and smart phones, " said Alison McKenzie, research manager of IDC's European Smart Handheld Devices program. The continuing move to automation and real-time data in vertical industries will create market demand for vertical application devices in Europe, she said.

Overall, the market for Windows CE-based devices in 1998 was less than expected due to the slow rollout of CE devices. Smart phones sales were also disappointing for the same reason, although EPOC-based and wireless application protocol smart phones due out from major handset vendors such as Ericsson NV and Nokia OY should "significantly boost growth in this segment as devices are rolled out toward the end of this year and in 2000." The survey, Western European Smart Handheld Devices Review and Forecast, 1998-2003, includes forecasts for 14 countries and covers seven form factors.
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Publication:Computergram International
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Date:Aug 16, 1999
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