Need for Connectivity On-the-Move Drives Growth in the Global Handheld Computing Devices Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global outlook on Handheld Computing Devices Industry. Handheld computing devices are fast becoming indispensable for mobile workforce, as they have evolved into critical business tools. Handheld computing devices have quickly transformed from an emerging niche market to a mainstream force that is changing not only the way people conduct business, but arguably the consumer electronics and telecommunication industry as a whole. Advanced computing devices, such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and notebooks are changing the paradigm of mobile communication.

Handheld Computing Devices: A Global Outlook

Follow us on LinkedIn – Handheld or Mobile Computing Devices combine the technologies from the personal computer (PC), consumer electronics and telecommunication industries, illustrating the real world application of convergence in the IT and Telecom markets. Increasing workforce mobility, coupled with the converging technologies, is driving the industry forward. The market for these devices has been robust over the recent years, especially in segments such as smartphones, laptops, and tablet PCs. Advancement in design, features, and applications, together with the emergence of novel, open source operating systems, are driving the market for smartphones and tablet PCs. Rapid adoption of these devices is expected to propel the global demand for Handheld Computing Devices in the following years.

Handheld computing devices are capable of performing all functions of a conventional personal computer, and more. Also, these devices are far more convenient and handy than the bulky computer systems. New-age handheld devices feature advanced applications, such as Internet accessibility and GPS navigation system, in addition to basic functionalities, making it superior than the traditional computer systems. As technology developed and made inroads into the miniature gadget section, handheld computing devices began incorporating new forms of entertainment into their service delivery schemes. This has led to the proliferation of handheld devices with mobile media capabilities, allowing users to play games, watch movies and listen to songs, while on the move, and that too with excellent quality of picture and sound.

With the advent of Apple’s iPhone and the subsequent introduction of application store, the mobile phone market witnessed dramatic changes in hardware and mobile Internet browsing. New and feature-rich Smartphones are expected to increasingly replace traditional and established PC market. The convenient size and design capabilities preferred by an increasing number of business travelers are the key reasons behind the growth of smartphones. Also, with the growing availability of software applications, such as GPS Navigation Systems and Microsoft Windows Mobile, the borderlines between laptop and smartphones will gradually diminish.

Tablet PCs have made a remarkable start, with consumers flocking stores to own one of these devices. Apple, the trendsetter in this segment, garnered significant revenues from sales of iPads, the first in the league of tablet PCs to hit the market. Media tablets are experiencing significant uptake from consumers, which is expected to witness further growth in the years that follow. As of 2010, around 30 media tablets or tablet PCs were launched or announced worldwide. Rather than a deterrent, the trend is expected to act as an enabler of pushing consumers towards open OS devices. Consumers who already own an open OS smartphone would find it attractive to own a media tablet. In such cases, consumers are more likely to be drawn into devices with similar operating system. Alternatively, consumers habituated to media tablets are likely to demand similar experiences in their smartphones, attracting them towards mobile phones with similar OS.

Open-Source operating platforms are expected to continue to rule the smart phones category. Operating platforms, such as Android, are expected to garner significant share in the market backing this trend. On the other hand, single-source operating systems such as RIM and iOS of Apple are expected to lose market share, despite continued growth in the following years. Android’s success would also emerge from initiatives from leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson to launch Android in mass market mobile phones, further fostering volume growth in the market. The trend in favor of open source platforms would be in part supported by the expected pruning in diversity of platforms offered by communication service providers, as it would benefit them by reducing support costs. Resultantly, the strategy would push the service providers to opt for platforms with high demand, which in turn would enable them to clarify their market proposition.

The research report titled “Handheld Computing Devices: A Global Outlook” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. 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 companies worldwide.

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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