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European handheld market grew 25.6% in 2003

The market for European mobile devices grew by 25.6% compared to the same period in 2003, driven by sustained smart phone volumes and continued growth for handheld device vendors.

The market for European mobile devices grew by 25.6% compared to the same period in 2003, driven by sustained smart phone volumes and continued growth for handheld device vendors. Standalone handheld device vendors recorded growth of 9%, as GPS bundles failed to record the same success in retail stores as in 4Q03 and lower margins forced at least one vendor to withdraw from the handheld market.

Converged device volumes continued to grow by around 35% during the quarter, although recorded growth was slower than expected. The business market displayed a greater desire for mobile solutions, reflected in the continued growth of vendors such as RIM with its integrated end-to-end email and personal information management solution. However, despite strong demand and healthy volumes, Nokia and Sony Ericsson failed to execute as efficiently as in previous quarters.

IDC European Mobile Device Vendor Shares, 1Q04

Rank Vendor 1Q04 % Share 1Q03 % Share Growth
1 Nokia 705,020 42.8% 519,050 39.6% 35.8%
2 PalmOne 216,500 13.1% 201,600 15.4% 7.4%
3 HP 196,080 11.9% 142,700 10.9% 37.4%
4 Sony Ericsson 146,500 8.9% 136,750 10.4% 7.1%
5 Siemens 78,215 4.7% 1,900 0.1% 4016.6%
  Others 304,390 18.5% 309,020 23.6% -1.5%
  Total 1,646,705 100.0% 1,311,020 100.0% 25.6%
Source: IDC, 2004
IDC European Mobile Device Operating System Shares, 1Q04
Operating System 1Q04 % Share 1Q03 % Share Growth
Symbian 941,235 57.2% 655,950 50.0% 43.5%
Windows Mobile 393,105 23.9% 345,450 26.3% 13.8%
Palm OS 254,675 15.5% 259,710 19.8% -1.9%
Other 57,690 3.5% 49,910 3.8% 15.6%
Total 1,646,705 100% 1,311,020 100% 25.6%
Source: IDC, 2004