As Dell goes private, CEO says it will not try again with smartphones
Dell has been out of the smartphone game for a while, and it didn't really have the best run at it when it was designing phones. CEO Michael Dell has finally been able to close the deal to buyout shareholders and make his company private again, and he is excited for the future as a private company. But, that future will not include smartphones, says Dell.
The company's board of directors voted yesterday, and approved Dell's offer which will end up costing him $25 billion to buyout the shareholders and privatize his company once again. Michael Dell says that he is "energized" about the future, but he wants to be clear that smartphones will not be part of the plan. Instead, he says the company will focus on five items: enterprise, expanding sales capacity, emerging markets, PCs and tablets, and providing an "improved customer experience." Dell also wants to really focus on the software side of things, saying that he wants to help consumers to "protect and store" their data from mobile devices in the cloud.
So, while we shouldn't expect a reboot of the Venue or Venue Pro smartphone, we should expect Dell to continue pushing forward with its tablets and tablet hybrid devices. Unfortunately, Dell wasn't clear on if that means the company will be focusing mostly on Windows, or if there will be an Android tablet in the mix as well. Dell did say that the company "will participate in tablets and all sorts of client devices," so maybe we can expect an Android tablet or two.