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Dell officially says goodbye to smartphones

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Dell officially says goodbye to smartphones
Dell has officially announced its exit from the smartphone industry.  Jeff Clarke, Dell's top consumer products executive, made the announcement on Tuesday at the Dell World conference. Clarke says that smartphones require too much of an investment for a company to become successful. Pointing to Amazon's strategy, which involves selling tablets at break-even and more than making it up by selling content and storage, Clarke calls Android a "content play," and says that Dell could not find a way to make a business out of Android.

The Dell Streak

The Dell Streak

Dell was known for its large screened devices such as the 5 inch Dell Streak which Dell dropped in August 2011. The Texas based company had stopped selling its devices in the U.S. earlier this year, although some units still could be found in China. That is over with now, as well.

The whole Android smartphone deal with Dell was marred by company founder Michael Dell's feelings toward Google's open source OS. During the 2011 Dell World conference, he said that Android had not "developed to expectations." He blamed the software for the failure of Dell's smartphones to sell. But it is all water under the bridge as Dell has officially hung up on the smartphone business.

The future for Dell remains computers and Windows based tablets. Clarke actually hinted that Dell is still looking at Android, but considering the past history, we wouldn't count on seeing the green robot hanging around Dell anytime soon.

source: Forbes

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posted on 12 Dec 2012, 13:54 9

1. threed61 (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Has anyone other than Google or Samsung made any money off of Android?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:00 7

2. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Actually, no. Only Samsung makes profits out of Android, and that's not because of Android, but because culturally Samsung is signified as opposition to Apple. If this weren't true, equal profits would be shared among strongest Android players in the industry. But the gap is extremely large. Save for LG (who controls the industry on different "channels"), all manufacturers usually don't have any profits out of smartphones/Android whatsoever.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:36 6

7. abdane (Posts: 473; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


wait... Dell used to make smartphones ? :O

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:45

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


If OEM's didn't make money off of Android, they would never make phones for Android.

Android sells the most phones worldwide & if it wasn't profitable, then why are SO MANY OEM's making phones with the Android OS?

It seems everyone wants a piece of the Android pie. For example Microsoft makes more money from Android sales than they do from their own WP sales.

That speaks volumes don't you think?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 15:31 4

10. Commentator (Posts: 2291; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


HTC also makes a profit off Android, albeit a very small one compared to Samsung.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 15:49

12. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Google makes money off of everyone, that uses Android to run their products.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:00

18. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


If you mean Google makes money through manufacturers that sell Android phones due to Google services being on it that people would then use, then yes. However, if you mean Google charges manufacturers to have Android on their devices then you are wrong. Any licensing fee on an Android device goes to Microsoft because of the usage of their patents.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:41

20. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Your first scenario is exactly what I meant.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:27

24. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


yea, pretty much. Samsung is the big profiteer from android but LG does make some SLIGHT profits off Android (nothing to write home about) and HTC previously was making profit but reported recent losses.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:11 2

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I'm sure the manufacturers do make money, the only problem is that the market is so dominated by Samsung and Apple that the remaining profit to be made is so little especially for Dell. As long as the devices sell, there's profits to be made. The competition is just too fierce.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:19

15. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I agree. This is why I am a true skeptic about an Amazon branded smartphone or a Surface WP. It is such a eat your own young market that no matter how big it is, and it is unbelievable huge, breaking into it and turning a profit is a monster gamble.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:07

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


This is like when Amanda Bynes said she quit acting.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:11 7

4. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


The Dell Streak was the original phablet, but the GALAXY Note made them popular. The only Dell smartphone I wanted was the Venue Pro, which was a WP7 smartphone. Since Dell is still sticking with PCs and laptops, I think they should take another look at Windows Phone, especially since WP8 is a vast improvement, especially in terms of hardware.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 15:06 2

9. sheltem (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Maybe they can find their niche with unsubsidized WP8 phones, now that T-Mobile classic plans are going away.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:26 1

6. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


I still have a dell streak 5. haha baught it when it first launched. Running MIUI or CM10 depending on the day. I moved on to a Galaxy Note II But i still use the Streak5 is a universal remote for my media center and NAS. love it.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 15:34 2

11. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Your typical android fanboy doesn't understand supply-side economics.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:02 1

13. dreamflasher00 (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Dell Venue Pro ...love it !!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:12 2

14. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Reading this from my Dell Venue Pro... xD

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:22

16. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Almost bought a DVP when I wanted to replace my dying BB Curve early last year. Had I had access to one to try it out, I may have jumped on it. Lack of accessibility really gave it no chance.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:33

17. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


I'd love a WP8 follow up to the Dell Venue Pro. That'd be a must buy for me. It'd fill up a niche in the WP8 market too, a nice QWERTY phone.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:12

19. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


He blamed the software for the failure of Dell's smartphones to sell. Dell you're kidding right?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:56

21. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


see, another company that failed to get traction from android...

this just prove that android is not really the only choice!! coz if you want android, people might think of samsung, sony, HTC, motorola and LG, others are just shadows!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 19:35

22. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


see, another company that failed to get traction from android...and WP. unless you don't see the Dell venue pro as a smartphone.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:31

25. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


but that is actually a good device..but WP7 is not a good OS too many restrictions..WP8 is!!!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 19:40

23. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well then dell, continue making Alienware computers then.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:36

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I haven't seen DELL put out a crappy phone since the STREAK which sucks completely like two years ago. The only reason it didn't seel is because of their crappy hardware

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 21:47

27. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


"The future for Dell remains computers and Windows based tablets."

The above is true for consumers, but Dell is a huge player in the enterprise world.

Lets not forget about Dell's servers, network switches (Force 10) and storage solutions (Compellent).

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 22:08

28. dorianb (Posts: 347; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Okay. So who else has gone under in the smartphone dept because "Android had not developed"?

Guess that WIndows phone of theirs must of been keeping them afloat all this time.

Here's a hint: better hardware & design.

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