Resco is an uniquely interesting company because they sell similar products for Palm OS, Symbian and PocketPC – so if one company can make qualified discussions and comparisons, its by almost all means them. Jan gladly shared with me a few very interesting insights – but before that, we need to look at a significant part of the Resco history.

The Resco history – short
Essentially, Resco was a PocketPC company right from the start – the Palm OS development division was added only much later by aquiring JSoft, Jan Slodickas company. There are more than 15 PocketPC people, but only 5 Palm guys at Resco’s; one of the Palm guys also does Symbian!

Platform sales – a few significant examples
For Resco, PocketPC generally is the top selling platform(if you look at the history, this probably explains why though). Palm is second, and Symbian development was an expensive venture that didn’t quite pay back. Please treat the following two apps as case studies:
Resco Sudoku
Resco Sudoku was released for Palm OS and PocketPC nearly simultaneously. Both applications have similar look&feel. The PocketPC version outsold the Palm OS version approximately 5:1.
World Cup Mobile 2006
This application was released for Palm OS; PocketPC and Symbian. Palm and PPC versions had very similar look&feel, Symbian version was a bit weaker. The PocketPC version outsold the Palm version 4:1, and the Palm version outsold the Symbian version 5:1.

The Top 10 selling devices
As a special gift from Resco I can bring you a top-selling devices list from one of their software distributors. The following devices “purchased” the most licenses in the last quarter:

  • Dell Axim X51v
  • Motorola Q
  • Palm Treo 650
  • Palm Treo 700p
  • Palm TX
  • HTC TyTN
  • Cingular 8125
  • Palm Treo 700w
  • Dell Axim X50x
  • HP hx4700

3 moths ago the order was(the Palm OS devices kept their positions – the shifts were in the PocketPC camp)

  • Dell Axim X51v
  • Motorola Q
  • Palm Treo 650
  • Palm Treo 700p
  • Palm TX
  • Cingular 8125
  • HP iPAQ hx4700
  • Dell Axim X50v
  • Palm Treo 700w
  • Audiovox PPC 6700

I am not totally sure about the significance of these numbers – after all, Resco is mainly a PocketPC company that runs the Palm department more-less separately. Also, there are less Palm developers than there are PocketPC folks – so as said, I am not the one who wants to interpret these numbers.
How would you interpret them?

Related posts:

  1. Resco’s oppinion on the Palm OS economy
  2. On Gartner’s PDA report Q1 2006
  3. Could Palm get gobbled up by Dell?
  4. Resco releases Resco Suite for Palm OS
  5. Handango Yardstick released

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