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IDC says the second quarter of 2005 saw the Australian smart handheld device market post record growth yet again.

According to IDC the converged market continues to exhibit strong growth and the pen-based market making a recovery from the previous quarter. Converged shipments accounted for 89 per cent share of the total market, while pen-based devices grew 14 per cent sequentially from the Quarter one of 2005.

“The growth in pen-based shipments in Q1 2005 was largely driven by the launch of new models as well as various promotional and bundling activities by vendors. However, the future of PDAs continues to be questionable as converged devices continue to gain popularity among users opting for a two-solution data and telephony device both for personal as well as business use. It is anticipated that adoption levels of mobile devices by businesses in Australia will increase, but hardware vendors and wireless carriers should focus more on critical issues such as security, flexibility and scalability,” said IDC Analyst, Mercie Clement

From an overall operating system (OS) perspective, Symbian maintained its lead with 68 per cent share of the total market. Microsoft maintained its second place with 20 per cent share. The Proprietary and Palm operating systems finished with 7 per cent and 5 per cent share respectively.

In terms of vendor rankings for the combined PDA and data-centric device market, Research in Motion (RIM) climbed to the number one position, with 17.9 per cent share. 02 finished the quarter with 16.1 per cent share while HP gained the number three spot, with 14.9 per cent share. Rounding out the top 5 were Palm and Carrier Devices with 14.5 per cent and 9.2 per cent share respectively.