Dell Leans Toward Windows, as It Drops out of US Android Market

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PC manufacturer Dell has been struggling to gain a share of the tablet market for the last few years. Consequently, Dell has been slowly withdrawing its Android based tablets from the US market. Now, consumer products news reporter Digital Trends confirms that Dell is dropping out of the US tablet market.

On Monday, Digital Trends reporter Jeffrey Van Camp wrote, “Today, Dell has confirmed that it has stopped selling the Dell Streak 7, its last Android tablet still on sale in the United States. The company discontinued the Dell Streak 5 back in August. The Dell Streak 10 continues to be available in China, but no North American release has been announced.”

In a statement released by Dell, the company said, “Dell remains committed to the mobility market and continues to sell products here and in other parts of the world… Streak 7 delivered a unique experience for customers who wanted a larger screen-size yet the freedom of staying connected to their personal and professional content while on the-go. It continues to be available in many markets through retail, distributors and carrier partners such as Optus in Australia,” according to Dell.

Currently, Dell is offering a 10-inch version of the tablet in China, said the supplier. It offers the ultimate digital divide between work and life, noted Dell. In another statement, Dell said, “We remain committed to expanding our reach beyond PCs with a targeted set of open, standards-based mobility solutions and services designed for commercial and mobile professional customers.”

According to Digital Trends, Dell is now migrating towards Windows. Although the company currently offers a couple of Windows Phones, it has not done well in this product area as well, wrote  Camp. It also sells an Inspiron laptop that converts into a Windows 7 tablet and is planning to release Windows 8 machines sometimes in 2012, when the software giant plans to launch the new operating system (OS).

“It is feasible for Dell to return to the tablet market at that time as well, since Windows 8 will run on mobile ARM processors, as well as Intel, and is being built for touch screens,” wrote Camp.


Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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