When The PDA Evolved, Its Manufacturers Didn't
For the past several years, researchers have been tracking the "death" of the PDA market -- and they still are, the latest report noting that just 1.4 million of the devices shipped worldwide in the second quarter. The report also talks about what vendors must do to grow the market, which -- again -- is missing the point. The PDA market isn't dying, it's simply evolving. The number of people who need or want a standalone PDA has inevitably decreased their functionality has been absorbed into mobile phones. The story here isn't how the PDA market has collapsed, it's how the vast majority of PDA manufacturers somehow failed to see this trend coming (or failed to care), and move towards converged devices.