Research firm Gartner have reported a worldwide slow-down in the sale of PDAs, with global sales increasing only 5% in the last year, and Palm not bothering to release a new model in 2006 at all, according to a post on MobHappy.
Smartphones – devices which integrate the functionality of PDAs with mobile telephones – continue to boom in sales, with an increase of 75% in the last year, and a market now eclipsing PDAs 4-to-1.
This emulates my ideas on m-learning platforms – that connectivity is likely to become the “killer app” of m-learning, and connectivity options should be considered vital when choosing a PDA for teaching and learning. The Mobhappy post continues:
Next target for the mobile is the stand alone MP3 player, about to be consigned to a historical curiosity, as one of the fastest product life cycles – from launch to extinction -ever to be launched.
As the storage capacity in mobile phones continues to increase (20GB models are already slated for commercial launch early next year), and with just about every new mobile phone sold now incorporating a range of media capabilities, it may very well decrease the need to own an independant media player.
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