The title says it all. Dell has apparently had enough of Android in its tablets after the Venue line. The company has announced that it shall no longer sell or upgrade devices running the Android platform. Instead, the company shall focus its energies on Windows devices.
Dell was among the few major OEMs who decided to stick to Android in their tablets despite the popularity gained by Windows after the launch of its 8 iteration. Among major android tablets it launched, were devices from the Venue series including Venue 7 and Venue 8.
However, the company has now dcided to shift its focus to all-in-one devices that will sport the Windows platform.
The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line.
Meanwhile, the decision while surprising to some, doesn’t come like a bolt from the blue. After all, with increasing smartphone sizes, the line between Android touting tablets and large screen smartphones has been quickly blurring — until the only major difference is that the former is likely to be slightly bigger and the latter considerably better.
Those looking for Android tablets — if anyone is looking for them at all — usually meant to pick them up as reading/multimedia devices, certainly not as a primary device. That said, the pocket-friendly kindle fire range, or any of the already launched android tablets or even a large smartphone serves the purpose nicely — cutting down the demand of brand new, upgraded Android tablets.
Dell’s Venue line is a significant example of the same. According to my personal experience with the Venue 7, the tablets were basically huge smartphones with terrible battery backup and screen resolution. Having bought one, i am so not going to pick up another and the sentiment is probably shared by many.
So yup. Dell is done with Android. The company now has laptops and two-in-ones on its roster, which will sport the Windows platform. Dell also sells chromebooks though, and they will be able to run android apps and access the Play Store.
In case you have bought a Venue product recently, here is what Dell says,
For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades.
Well, a device genre where Android has been trumped by some other platform — and that too Windows — there is a first for you folks.