Market for Handhelds Worth $1bn in Western Europe Last Year.
"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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|Date:||Aug 16, 1999|
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