Siemens Computers (FSC) on Wednesday confirmed that the German Japanese joint
venture will leave the PDA and PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant) market until
end of 2007 which is the defacto end of the Windows Mobile-based Pocket Loox and
therefore the end of the Pocket Loox T, C and N Series. In a statement, FSC
spokesperson Amy Flécher confirmed earlier information which were previously confirmed by Uwe Romppel, Senior Director Business Development Volume Sales, already
Flécher said: "We made our decision due to the usual examination of the
portfolios. It turned out that the traditional handheld segment (PDA) shrank
for years and also many other manufacturers leave this segment. While the
wireless handheld market grows fast, the PDA market moves on a very low
basis with small volume. The trend is that the traditional handhelds are
replaced by other devices such as PNAs or Smartphones. We will not invest
into these product ranges.
Handhelds and handheld devices with push E-Mail-push will remain a niche
market. In the future these services will be taken over by Smartphones -
which is not our business at all. We observe that other manufacturers, that
offer similar devices, have to fight with difficulties.
Sad to see that another Windows Mobile veteran is leaving the Windows Mobile
space but frankly, the Pocket Loox T-series was way too bulky, heavy and
expensive, compared to competing devices from other manufactures. No wonder,
that FSC doesn't see a future in this market segment.
Cheers ~ Arne