My hand is red and nearly numb from all of the congratulatory high fives I’ve been sending out today (and that reason alone). The IT Times reports that PDA shipments saw record numbers in 2006, and all of that is thanks to our boys in blue at Research In Motion.
Of the PDA vendors, Research in Motion led with an estimated 19.8 percent market share, selling 3.5 million units in 2006. Last year, the firm had 21.3 percent market share. Gartner says the firm is experiencing slower growth for the firm, however, as the device maker has been rapidly shifting towards Smartphones following the September launch of its BlackBerry Pearl.
RIM competitor Palm saw its PDA shipments decline 29 percent in 2006 as the company continued to focus on the smartphone market with its Treo product line.
Despite strong sales from device manufacturers in 2006, the real winner may be the software companies that power the devices.
RIM utilizes its own operating system for its PDAs and smartphones, while some Palm devices use the in-house designed PalmOS. A majority of other manufacturers use Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, giving the Redmond Wash.-based company the lion’s-share of mobile software share.
That’s the gist, but as always if you’re interested, the full report is waiting right here.