This story features in this week's podcast, click here to hear all about it. Hewlett-Packard is playing catch-up in the market for so-called ?'converged PDAs' with the release tomorrow of a new iPaq hand-?held device that includes voice ?capability. HP's iPaq handhelds have long been popular with business users who need computing applications on the go. But the United States company is a relative latecomer to the market for converged PDAs, which allow users to connect to a mobile-phone network to receive voice and data services. In Asia, HP commands 32.2 per cent of the market for traditional PDAs, according to figures from market researcher IDC. However, its share for handheld devices with mobile-phone connectivity is just 8.3 per cent. See Chin Teik, vice-president of consumer products and mobile business, denied the company had been late in recognising the shift towards PDAs with mobile-phone connectivity. It has just two converged PDA devices in the Asian market so far, but will release a third - the iPaq hw6515 - tomorrow. 'We're working on products that will strengthen our position in the converged space,' Mr See said. 'This is a segment that is just emerging. I would argue that it is really just started.' But rivals such as handheld supplier O2 have been in the market for at least three years with products such as its Xda handheld series. O2 regional managing director Mark Billington welcomed the new competition from HP. 'It means the bet that we took has paid off and it's always good to be the first person to make the bet and get the best winnings out of it,' he said. 'Having more operators and more device players talking about [converged PDAs], and being more focused on it, is going to grow the pie for everyone.' There is plenty of evidence to suggest HP could quickly catch up in the market for converged PDAs. In South Korea it ranks No1 thanks to a CDMA handheld and a partnership with operator KT Telecom. In Hong Kong, it ranks No8 for converged PDAs. HP is working with several Hong Kong operators on distribution deals. This week's podcast tells you about the rise of Skype, the new iPaq from HP, this week's ESC sequences and how HK start-up Fotobay challenges the giants of photo sharing. You can also hear Message Labs' Asia-Pacific chief chatting on Digital Discourse ..