Handheld Computing Devices: Market Research Report

Date: January 1, 2012
Pages: 146
US$ 1,995.00
Publisher: Global Industry Analysts, Inc
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Handheld Computing Devices: Market Research Report
The global outlook series on Handheld Computing Devices provides a collection of market briefs, concise summaries, and statistical anecdotes of research findings.

Illustrated with 45 fact-rich market data tables, the report briefly discusses the trends related to traditional and novel handheld computing devices.

The report also recapitulates recent noteworthy mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic developments.

Market discussions in the report are punctuated with a number of fact-rich market data tables.

Regional markets briefly abstracted include the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 166 companies worldwide.


Market Structure & Overview
Global Market Perspective

Table 1. World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Handheld Computing Devices by Product Segment - Laptop/Notebook PC, Smartphones, PDAs and Tablet PCs Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2010 through 2015
Table 2. World 5-Year Perspective for Handheld Computing Devices by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for Laptop/Notebook PC, Smartphones, PDAs and Tablet PCs Markets for Years 2011 and 2015

Key Benefits
Mobile Smart Devices Move Towards Ubiquity
Market Challenges
GPS-Integrated Mobile Devices: On the Growth Path

Table 3. Global Mobile Devices Market (2007 & 2012F): Percentage Share Breakdown by Device Type

Will Touch Panels Replace Keypads in Handsets and Portable Devices?


Laptop Categorization
Rugged Laptop
Desktop Replacement Computer (DRC)
Components of a Laptop
Memory (RAM):
Central Processing Unit (CPU):
Expansion Cards:
Power Supply
Removable Media Drives
Video Display Controller
Internal Storage
Laptop Accessory: Docking Stations
Advantages of Laptop
Less Noise
Low Power Consumption
Touch sensitive screen
Windows XP
Intel or VIA processors
Tools and Applications
Supports Internet Browsing and Other Applications
Windows Media Player
Windows Vista
Challenges to Market Growth
Ergonomics and Health
Key Market Dynamics and Trends
Rugged Handheld Computers Witness Demand Recovery
Challenges Remain, Threatening Future Growth
Key Statistics

Table 4. Mass-Market Notebook PC Demand (2010): Breakdown of Unit Shipments by Price Range
Table 5. Mass-Market Notebook PC Demand (2010): Percentage Share Breakdown of Unit Shipments by Region


Categories of Handheld Mobile Devices
Basic & Feature Rich Mobile Phones
Low-End Smartphones
High-End Smartphones
Market Scenario
Smartphones Emerge Out of Recession, Unscathed

Table 6. Global Smartphone Shipments in Million Units: 2007-2010

Developed Markets Still Ahead in Smartphone Sales

Table 7. World Smartphone Market by Region (2011): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (Including Japan) and Rest of World

Recession Instills Change in Consumer Behavior
Burgeoning World of Apps Drive Demand for New Handsets
Overview of Select Mobile Operating Systems

Table 8. Global Smartphone Apps Market by Apps Stores and Number of Available Apps: 2010
Table 9. Select Smartphone Application Stores by Revenues: 2009 & 2010

Distribution Mechanism Widens for Mobile Devices
Competitive Landscape
Android to Climb to the Top in Smartphone Operating Systems
Android Ousts Blackberry to Occupy Second Spot in Smart Phone Sales

Table 10. Global Open OS Mobile Devices Market by Operating System (2009 - 2013): Breakdown of Volume Sales in Thousands for Android, Symbian, Apple, RIM (Research In Motion), Windows and Others

Nokia Concedes Long Standing Leadership in Smartphones Arena

Table 11. Leading Global Smartphone Vendors by Unit Shipments (2Q 2011)

Strong Sales Jack Up Samsung’s Share in Smartphones Market
Expansion Endeavors Garner Increased Market Share for Apple
Apple’s OS Share to Marginally Decline in Near-Term
Windows OS to Get a Lift with Nokia Phones
Smartphones Get “Smarter”
Smartphones to Support Richer Web Pages
Open Source Platforms to Rule the Roost in Smart Phones Category
GPS-Enabled Smartphones to Undermine Sales of PNDs
Wireless Gaming Offers Opportunities On a Platter
Smartphones Generate New Advertising and Marketing Opportunities
Mobile Commerce to Gain Popularity
Customization and Consumer Preferences Influence the Vendors
Security Issues Baffle Handheld Devices Industry
Entertainment Applications Lead Smartphone Content
Brief Overview on the Global Mobile Handset Market
Global Mobile Handset Sales Show Recovery in 2010
Smartphones Drive Global Mobile Handset Market

Table 12. World Mobile Handset Devices Market by Type (2009 - 2011): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales by Type of Handset – Feature & Basic Phones & Smart Phones

Nokia Remains the Leader in Mobile Handset Sales
Apple and RIM Climb Up the Mobile Handsets Sales Ladder

Table 13. World Mobile Handset Devices Shipment by Company (2008 & 2009): Breakdown of Unit Shipments in Millions for Nokia, Samsung, LG, Research In Motion (RIM), Apple, Sony Ericsson, and Others


Wireless Connectivity
Memory Cards
Touch Screen
Wired Connectivity
Market Scenario
PDA Market on the Path of Decline
Handhelds and PDAs: Applications Galore
Smartphones Usurp Market for PDA Devices
PDA Devices Market Continues to be Challenging
Manufacturers Focus on Innovation to Maintain Consumer Interest
Competitive Landscape - A Recent Past Perspective

Table 14. Global PDA Market (Q1 2007): Shipments in Thousand Units by Operating System – Windows CE, Palm OS, Symbian and Linux
Table 15. Global PDA Market (Q2 2006): Breakdown of Unit Sales for Research In Motion, Palm, Hewlett-Packard, Mio Technology, Nokia, and Others (In 000 Units)
Table 16. Global PDA Market (2005): Breakdown of Unit Sales for Research In Motion, Palm, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, T-Mobile, and Others (In 000 Units)

End-Use Applications of PDAs
Mobile Data Applications
Automobile Navigation
Sporting Uses
Scientific and Medical Uses
Use of PDA by Disabled People
Educational Uses


Global Tablet PCs Market Surges

Table 17. World Tablet PC Shipments in Million Units: 2010-2015
Table 18. World Tablet PC Market by Product (2011-2012): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Apple iPad and Others

OS Media Tablets to Drive Consumers towards Open OS Smartphones
Will Tablet PCs Uproot Notebooks?
Success of Tablets – A Threat to Certain Mobile Computing Devices
Android Threatens Apple’s Share in Tablet PC Market


Handheld PCs
Graphing Calculators
Graphing Calculators: A Spate of Models
Arguments Against Graphing Calculators
Enterprise Digital Assistants
Pocket Computer
Ultra-Mobile PC
GPS Device Market – A Recent Past Perspective

Table 19. US GPS Market by Leading Vendors (2007): Market Shares for Garmin, TomTom, Magellan, Mio, and Others
Table 20. European GPS Market by Leading Vendors (2007): Market Shares for TomTom, Garmin, Mio Navman, Medion, and Others


Samsung Faces Ban on Sale of Galaxy Smartphones Across EU Due to Patent Issues
Honeywell International Inks Definitive Agreement with EMS Technologies
DRS Tactical Systems Bags Contract from Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center
Advantech Takes Over ACA Digital Corp.
Timico Takes Over Handheld PCs
Intel Inks Definitive Agreement to Acquire WLS Business of Infineon Technologies
Socket Mobile and Zebra Technologies Enter into a Partnership
Juniper Networks® Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire SMobile Systems
Hewlett-Packard Acquires Palm
Apple Acquires iPad Trademark
PocketGear Takes Over Handango
Intel and Nokia Enter into a Collaboration
Intel Acquires Wind River Systems
Qualcomm to Acquire Handheld Computing Technology from AMD
Medlink International Acquires Stake in Anywhere MD
Lenovo Group Takes Over Sanmina-SCI's Personal Care Computer Business
ServicePower Technologies Acquires KonaWare's Assets
Anywhere MD Acquires ComedyNet
Gradiente Eletronica Signs Agreement with NeoMagic
Geodesic Information Systems Signs Licensing Agreement with Medion
Verizon Business Secures Contract from US Department of Interior
Elecsys Acquires Radix International
Broadcom Signs Licensing Agreement with Verizon Wireless
Elevation Partners Acquires 25% Stake in Palm
Security With Advanced Technology Takes Over Vizer and Avurt
Motorola Takes Over Good Technology
Mobility Electronics Buys Think Outside
Trimble Navigation Acquires Eleven Technology
NVIDIA Takes Over Hybrid Graphics
Weston Presidio Service Acquires Micro Power Electronics
Hathaway Acquires Diabetes Detection
Trimble Navigation Acquires Advanced Public Safety
i-mate Establishes Subsidiary
China MobileSoft Selects InterVideo's Video and Audio Codec Technologies
Microsoft Enters into Marketing and Development Partnership with Motorola
Nvidia Acquires PortalPlayer
Premier Purchasing Partners Signs Group Contracts with Gateway and Dell


Socket Mobile Launches SocketScan 10 Software Development Kit
Comprompter Introduces NewsKing Reader
DAP Technologies Launches M1000
Home Depot Introduces First Phone
Elecsys Launches Radix FW960 and FWM-90
Seagate Unveils Seagate Momentus Thin Hard Drive for Archos G9 Tablets
Garmin Introduces Montana Handheld Device
LG Electronics to Unveil G-Slate Tablet PC
Trimble Unveiled GeoExplorer® 6000 Series
Agilent Technologies Rolls Out N9343C and N9344C Handheld Spectrum Analyzers
Edutor Introduces Edutor, a New Handheld Home Learning Device
LXE Launches Tecton Handheld Computer
Trimble Rolls Out Trimble® RangerTM Handheld Computer
Vocollect Launches VoiceClient 1.3 for Psion Handheld Devices
Motorola Unveils MC65 Enterprise Mobile Computer
Intermec Introduces 70 Series Mobile Computers


Zebra Technologies Introduces New Version of RW 420 Route Palette
DAP Technologies Launches New M4000 Series Handheld Computers
Psion Unveils Psion EP10 Handheld Computer
Cinterion Introduces New PH8 M2M Module
Handheld US Launches Nautiz X3R Handheld PDA
LG Electronics India to Roll Out LTE Hand- Held Devices
Trimble Launches Nomad 900 Series Handheld Computers
Eurotech Launches HRC-3100 and HRC-4200 Rugged Handheld Devices
Motorola Mobility Unveils FLIPOUT Smartphone
Two Technologies Introduces HANDGEAR Range of Handheld Computers
X2 Launches X2415 and X2410 Handheld Computers
Panasonic Solutions Launches Toughbook U1 Ultra Mobile PC
Archos to Launch Archos 9 Tablet PC
Psion Introduces Psion Omnii™ XT10
Motorola Launches MC959B Mobile Computer
Intermec Introduces CS40 Mobile Handheld Computer
Acer to Introduce Tablet PC Models
Nokia Introduces C7, E7 And New C6 Version of Smartphone Models
LG Launches Optimus Chic And Optimus One Smartphones
Lenovo to Introduce Tablet PC
Toshiba to Introduce Android-based Tablet PC
Huawei to Launch IDEOSTM
Motorola Launches ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant
Sharp to Unveil 3D Smartphone
Olive Telecom Launches OlivePad VT100
Microsoft to Introduce Windows Tablet PC
Motorola to Launch Droid X
Nokia to Launch Smartphone C6
LG to Launch Tablet PC
Toshiba and Intel to Launch CM1, Tablet PC for Education
Samsung to Launch Galaxy S smartphone
Apple Launches US$99 iPhone 3GS
Motorola to Launch Android Smartphone
Samsung to Launch Samsung S-Pad
VIA Technologies to Launch VIA ARTiGO A1100
Texas Instruments Launches Updated Version of TI-Nspire Handheld
Logic Instrument Launches Fieldbook
Nokia to Launch Nokia C5 Smartphone
Glacier Computer Unveils M300 and M305 Handheld Computers
Datalogic Launches New PDA
Honeywell and UPS Enter into Partnership to Develop Handheld Computers
Sony Launches Vaio Z series of Notebook Computers
LG Unveils InTouch Max GW620 Android Smartphone
Google Unveils Nexus One
Newport Digital Technologies Launches Rugged Handheld N37B Computing Device
Samsung Electronics Launches Samsung bada
Glacier Computer Introduces Rugged Handheld Computers
Fujitsu Unveils Lifebook UH900
Samsung Launches SCH-i920 Omnia II Smartphone
Nokia Launches E72 Smartphone
Casio Unveils IT-800 RGC-35 PDA
Intel Launches Intel® Reader
Etisalat Launches HSPA Wi-Fi Modem
Motorola to Launch MC3100
Sony Ericsson Launches Three New Smartphones
Ingenico Introduces High-Tech Payment PDA
Maxa Technologies Unveils HH 8010 Mobile Computing Device
Fujitsu Introduces LifeBook T5010 Tablet PC
Motorola Introduces Industrial-Class Handheld Computer Device
Handheld Unveils Nautiz X7 PDA Worldwide
LXE Launches MX9 Series of Ultra- Rugged Handheld Computers
Garmin-Asus Unveils Smartphone with Windows Operating System
Dell Launches Mini 3i Smartphone in China
Technology Advancement Group Introduces TC-100 Commander
Panasonic Malaysia Introduces New Toughbook Computers
Palm Introduces WebOS Pre PDA 3G Phone
SAMSUNG Unveils Innovative Notebook PC Products
Toshiba Unveils TG01 Smartphone
Motorola Launches New B2B Handsets FR68 and FR6000
MaxID Introduces Handheld Device iDLMax with Lumidigm Fingerprint Sensor
Acer to Introduce Non-Windows OS Smartphone
Motorola Introduces New MC55 EDA
Getac Introduces New PS535F PDA
Absolute Software Introduces Blackberry Compatible Computrace Mobile
Pantech Wireless and AT&T Introduce Matrix Pro
Archos to Introduce Smartphone
Acer to Launch New Smartphones in India
China Unicom to Introduce Uphone Smartphone
Nawaiya Launches 3G PalmTop
Two Technologies Introduces Hand-Held Computer
ASUS Tech Computer Launches P565 PDAs
Sony Corporation to Introduce 8-Inch Notebook PC
OQO Introduces Model 2+ Handheld PC
Nokia Launches New Smartphone, Tube
Intermec Launches Windows Mobile®- Based CK61ex Handheld Computer
HP Introduces Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC
Tranzda Technologies and Antenova Unveil T818 Slim Smart Phone
Nvidia Introduces an Array of Processors
Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Business Introduces MC75 EDA
Samsung Introduces Touch-Screen Smartphone
Samsung Electronics Launches OneDRAM
Qingdao Hisense Communications to Introduce Hisense CDMA D95
RIM Stalls Sale of Blackberry Bold Smartphones in Japan
Socket Communications Introduces Antibacterial Handheld Computer
Intermec Launches CK61ex Handheld Computer
LG Electronics and Symbian Introduce LG-KT610 Mobile Phone
Verizon and Research In Motion Launch BlackBerry Curve 8330 Smartphone
Trimble Introduces GeoExplorer Series
Nokia Launches Nokia E71 and E66
Panasonic Computer Solutions Introduces CF-Ul Toughbook
Palm and Sprint Unveil Palm Treo 800w Smartphone
Palm Launches Treo Pro SmartPhone
Rogers Wireless and Research In Motion Unveil BlackBerry Bold Smartphone
Two Technologies Introduces Hydrus
Psion Teklogix Launches NEO
Samsung to Introduce SPH M4800 and M8800 Smartphones
Motorola Unveils MOTO Q 11 Smartphone
HP Launches Two iPAQ Smartphones
Samsung Telecommunications and AT&T Introduce Samsung Epix Smartphone
Nokia Unveils E63 Smartphone
Asus Rolls Out New Smartphone P565
GTX Launches gpVector Mini MT
Research In Motion and Vodafone Introduce BlackBerry Storm Smartphone
Nokia Unveils N97 3G Smartphone
RIM and Rogers Wireless Roll Out Black Berry Curve 8900 Smartphone
Sony Ericsson Launches P1
Motorola Unveils MC35 Enterprise Digital Assistant
Motorola Introduces MOTOROKR E6
Socket Communications Launches Socket SoMo
Claro and Palm Unveils Palm Treo 680 Smartphone
Samsung Introduces SGH-i718 Smartphone
RIM and Orange Business Services Unveil BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone
HP Launches HP iPAQ Smartphone
Dopod Communications Introduces D600 PDA Phone
Apple Launches iPhone
High Tech Computer to Introduce Mobile Phones
Microsoft Launches System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008
RM Introduces RM Asus miniBook
i-mate Introduces 3G Windows Mobile Devices
Livescribe Unveils Pen-Based Computer
Marvell and LG Introduce LG-KC1 Smartphone with Marvell’s Processor
Palm Introduces Foleo PC
Samsung Electronics America Introduces Q1 Ultra
High Tech Computer Introduces Two Computing Devices
Motorola Introduces MC35 Enterprise Digital Assistant
Satnav Technologies Develops Navigation Software
Motorola Introduces Motokokr E6
Globe Telecom and Palm Unveil Palm Treo 680 Smartphone
Hewlett-Packard to Introduce hw6940 Smartphone
Sharp Unveils W-ZERO3 Smartphone
Symbol Technologies Launches MC70 EDA
Proxity Electronic Commerce Systems Rolls Out Parts in a Palm
O2 to Launch 3G-Ready PDA-Phones
Microsoft to Introduce Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer
Good Technology Unveils Good Mobile Defense
DLoG Launches XMDA



North American Smartphone Market Overview

Table 21. North American Smartphone Shipments by Operating System (2009): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Shipments for RIM Blackberry, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows, Google’s Android, Symbian and Others


US Handheld Computing Market Bustles with Adoption of New Devices
Recession Mauls Mobile Phone Sales in the US, Smartphones Remain the Bright Spot
Laptop Market
Competitive Landscape in the US Laptop Market
Tablet PCs
Tablet PCs Market Set to Explode, Competition in the Market to Intensify
eReaders Continue to Witness Growth; New Features to Maintain the Momentum
US Smartphones Market
Smartphones Sales to Outshine Other Handheld Computing Devices
Android Pick Up in the US market

Table 22. US Smartphone Shipments by Operating System (2H 2010): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Shipments for Google’s Android, Apple iOS, RIM’s Blackberry and Others
Table 23. US Smartphone Subscriber Base Market by Operating System (2010): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Shipments for Google’s Android, Apple iOS, RIM’s Blackberry, Microsoft Windows Mobile and Others

Apple Continues to be the Leading Smartphone Brand

Table 24. US Smartphone Market by Leading Players (2010): Market Share Breakdown in terms of Sales for Apple, Research In Motion, and Others
Table 25. US Mobile Devices Market (2007 & 2012F): Percentage Share Breakdown by Device Type
Table 26. Laptops Market in the US (2001-2007): Number of Subscribers in Millions
Table 27. Smartphones Market in the US (2001-2007): Number of Subscribers in Millions
Table 28. Mobile PDAs Market in the US (2001-2007): Number of Subscribers in Millions


Canadian Smartphone Market

Table 29. Canadian Smartphone Market by Operating System (Q4, 2010): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for BlackBerry, Android, Apple iOS, Symbian, and Others


Smartphones Drive Mobile Phone Market in Japan

Table 30. Japanese Smartphone Unit Shipments in Millions: 2007-2011
Table 31. Japanese Smartphone Market by Consumer Type (2007-2011): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Shipments for Individual and Corporate Customers

Japanese Phone Makers Contend with Domestic Presence


Smartphones Edge Past Feature Phones in Europe
Penetration of Smartphones Rises in Europe

Table 32. Increasing Share of Smartphones in Mobile Handset Market in Western Europe (2009 - 2011)

Android Continues to Make Gains Through 2011; Samsung Emerges on the Top

Table 33. Western European Mobile Phone Shipments by Device Type in Million Units: Q2 2010 & Q2 2011
Table 34. Market Share of Western European Mobile Phone Shipments by Device Type: Q2 2010 & Q2 2011
Table 35. Leading Smartphone Vendors in Western Europe (2Q 2011): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Shipments for Samsung, Nokia, Apple, HTC, RIM and Others
Table 36. Smartphone User Base in Major Five European Countries by Operating System: Number of Users in Millions for Symbian, Apple iOS, Android, Microsoft and RIM

Feature-Rich Phones Drive Mobile Media Usage in Europe
Android to Emerge as Leading OS in Europe

Table 37. Leading Mobile Operating Systems in Western Europe (Q3 2010): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Symbian, Apple iOS, Android and Others

Battle Among Android-Powered Handset Vendors Continues
Key Statistics:

Table 38. Mobile Devices Market in Western Europe (2007 & 2008): Percentage Share Breakdown of Unit Shipments by Vendor
Table 39. Mobile Devices Market in Europe (2010): Percentage Share Breakdown of Unit Sales by Device Type


Asia-Pacific on Track to Emerge As a Leading Smartphones Market Worldwide
Smartphones to Outperform the Mobile Phone Market in Asia
Android Becomes the Largest Mobile OS in Asia

Table 40. Asia-Pacific Mobile Handset Market by Operating System (2009 & 2010): Market Share Breakdown of Volume Sales for Android, Symbian, RIM, Apple iOS, Windows and Others

Nokia – A Long-Standing Leader in Asia- Pacific Smartphone Market

Table 41. Asia Pacific Smartphone Handset Market (Q1 2009): Market Share Breakdown of Volume Sales for Nokia, HTC, Apple, Motorola, RIM and Others

An Overview of the Indian Telecommunications Market
Large Potential Awaits Mobile Telephony Market in India
India to Emerge as a Leading WiMAX Market in Asia
Telecom Equipment Manufacturing Domain Strong with International Players
Indian Notebook Market
Notebook Sales Record Significant Increase in Recent Years

Table 42. Notebook and Netbook Sales in India (2008-2009): Unit Sales in Thousands for Third Quarter of Respective Years

Consumer Segment witnesses Largest Growth
Sony Eyes Further Share Acquisition in the Indian Notebook Market
Indian Tablet PC Market
Competition Heats Up in the Indian Tablet PC Market
China’s Tablet PC Market to Surge
Chinese Smart phone Market

Table 43. SmartPhone Market in China (Q3 2008): Percentage Share Breakdown of Revenues by Vendor
Table 44. SmartPhone Market in China (Q3 2008): Percentage Share Breakdown by Operating System

Rest of Asia-Pacific
Smartphones Bust Recessionary Woes in Southeast Asia
Portable Computers Follow the Track
Korea Witnesses Robust Increase in Smartphone Users


Outlook for Smartphones Robust in Latin America
Competition Intensifies in Latin American Smartphone Market

Table 45. Latin American Smartphone Market by Operating System (2009): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Shipments for Symbian, Blackberry, and Others

Sales of Ultra-Mobile PCs Soar in Latin America


Tablet PCs Yet to Gain Momentum in the Middle East
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