Dell ditching PDA market?
Dell may very
well be leaving the PDA market, if a report by DigiTimes is to be
believed. While the PC giant
still offers a line of Axim PDAs, no new models have been announced
for almost a year. Furthermore, Dell's Taiwan design center reportedly
transferred all research and development resources from its PDA unit to
the notebook unit in mid-2005. Dell's purported move away
from PDAs would go hand in hand with a consistent year-over-year decrease
in shipments for handheld devices since the third quarter of 2005.
Dell's handheld shipments were 33.8% lower in the first quarter of this
year compared to last year, while worldwide handheld shipments also sunk
19.4%. By contrast, worldwide shipments for mobile phones increased
26% over the same time period.