|06-29-2004, 09:36 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2003
Device: Dell Axim
PalmOne not serious about growth market China?
Digital China and ECS Technology (China), two of PalmOne’s sales agents for the China market, will stop selling PalmOne products in China due to decreasing profits. According to Digital China, margins on a PDAs made by Taiwan-based Asustek Computer are 2-3 times higher than Palm PDA margins, even though marketing costs are higher for Palm products. ECS Technology complained that PalmOne is not serious about the China market, as the Palm PDA is not really Chinese-language based like Hewlett Packard (HP) and AsusPDAs.
|06-29-2004, 11:25 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2003
Device: Tungsten T5
Chinese Palm's are really English language Palm with CJKOS (language changer) and Penpower (Chinese character graffitti-type recognition software) installed to Flash-ROM...often times an English Chinese Dictionary is thrown-in. So PalmOne probably add those software cost to the main product.
Add to the fact that PalmOne is concentrating on the United States with it's higher-margin Treo smartphone successes. It's not hard to see why PalmOne successes in China is limited. Asus, Mitac, Acer, Legend and other local Chinese (or Taiwan) brands are an easier sell to the Chinese market.
Palmsource is trying to find Chinese licensees but has only limited success with Legend and Groupsense BUT most of their Chinese PDAs are older version (Version 4.0), so only PalmOne and Sony is left to fend for the Palm OS.
Too bad for PalmOne (and Palm OS) since China is a growing market unlike the US where the PDA market is most probably mature.
|06-29-2004, 12:40 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: United States
Device: Palm Treo 700p & iPaq hx2755
One would *think* that since they have experience with the graphic language in Japan, that Sony would be able to just ramrod and make a killin' in China with their Clie's.
|08-24-2009, 09:26 AM||#4|
Fetch that LRF
Join Date: Jul 2008
Device: Sony Reader PRS-505, Treo 650
So, see, palmOne, there's a market: Me! Hey, it's true, I'm even gonna buy another one!
|08-24-2009, 11:12 AM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle PW2, iPad Retina Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro
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