Dell abandons Android tablets in push towards Windows hybrids

Dell, a company that previously launched a glut of Android slabs, no longer feels inclined to ship tablets running Google's famed firmware. Citing a shift in interest towards hybrid tablets such as those found throughout its XPS range, Dell's future endeavors in this field will encircle Microsoft's Windows operating system. The company will continue to support Android-powered Venue products up to the expiration date of their warranties, but no further OS upgrades will be on the table. 

The tablet market has shifted significantly since the launch of the original iPad in 2010. Sales have slowed considerably, which may—at least in part—be attributed to the fact that they run on iOS and Android. While the Big Two mobile operating systems are deemed useful to smartphones, they haven't brought enough to legitimize ordinary tablets as true 'post-PC' devices. As such, the Microsoft Surface is now the poster child of a new wave of 2-in-1 devices: slates powered like notebooks that can plausibly replace a laptop or standard home desktop. Several others big names have also jumped on the bandwagon, and Dell now wants to concentrate its efforts within this particular niche. 

In an email to PCWorld, Dell outlined its belief that the 2-in-1 market is the more in-demand due to its obvious advantages over the standard tablet. As aforementioned, support will still be offered to those rocking Venue series products running Android. But Dell's days as an Android tablet maker, it seems, are done:

There hasn't been much activity from Dell on the Android front in recent times, so the writing was perhaps already on the wall. With that said, the company did churn out some gems in this regard. The Venue 8 7000, for example, will long be remembered as one of the best pound-for-pound tablets of its time thanks to powerful innards and a glorious 8.4-inch 1600 x 2560 x 1600 OLED display. 

Do you see 2-in-1 devices as the more favorable option as the power struggle heats up in the tablet space? Be sure to share your comments with us below.

source: PCWorld via Engadget

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1. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Being an Android user I see no future in ARM based tablets (Android or iPads), Windows hybrids are the next thing

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Being an Android user. I see the opposite. Android has always been able to run its phone apps as well. So with 2 million apps on the play store. Then it's nice at times to be able to use a tablet instead of a phone, especially since a tablet offers a larger amount of screen real estate. The thing that has been slowing tablet sales for both Android and iOS, is each platform offers phablets, which has canalizing their own tablet sales. Putting all that aside. Dell has been one of the worst Androud tablet manufacturers. Their support and updates were one of the worst on the market for Android.

8. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Totally agree. I got option to choose MiPad 2 with Windows or Android and i will go for Android,because it can do things as Windows with much better optimalization for touch. Yes,windows supports x86,but whatt can i do with them when they are not made for touch control and touch optimized apps in store are s**t ones....

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

True, but also not true, if you compare sub 500USD products, iOS and Android is gonna beat the crap out of windows, but anything over 800USD, windows is gonna crush all other tablet os like cockroaches. 500-800 is debatable, but windows has the upper hand I guess. Windows needs more power to fully function, an Intel atom may be able to run Windows, but the programs are not smooth, that's why windows tablets start showing advantage at higher price point.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The rate of ARMs SOC improve would add more and more capability into our phone. Ignore it at the expense of your own productivity.

17. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

2016 Arm soc are far superior to atom, probably 2 or 3 times faster. but in real life atom can play gamecube and wii games while those arm soc struggle to reach even 20fps. no matter how powerfull those soc get without proper optimization its useless. In arm world people only care about in app purchase.

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

They are just following the money trail. Everyone and their mother sells Android tablets, for cheap. I'm pretty sure this a business/financial decision.

15. Shocky unregistered

They're two separate products and both have their place. Tablets are for consumption, everything in moderation, they're also more compact, weight a lot less and are usually comfortable to use. Hybrid tablets are geared towards productivity, cost around twice the price, they're larger and not comfortable to hold, best used in conjunction with a keyboard dock and a mouse. The windows store is still pathetic compared to iOS and Android, they have a long way to go, every time I use a windows tablet end up using it in desktop mode, the store and interface for touchscreen is horrible.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

My cheap 8in tablet for windows says hello. While not a two in one...i can get a two in one windows slate for under 200, and have access to some 16million apps/programs. Can be use for work and some play, can consume the latest media without issue. Now just like anything out there it ain't gonna run cad but neither is android...efficiently that is.

18. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Tbh, I don't really see a future with tablets at all unless if you're a graphics designer. Otherwise, productivity on a tablet is just a bad excuse to show off and do things the complicated way. With Ultrabooks with high res screen as well as the Macbook Pro Retina with a package in a cram shall and battery life of around 9 hours, there is really no place for clunky seperatable hybrids with the exception for the Surface Book.

26. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Agree, but 2-1 laptop/tablet hybrids are expensive af, let alone ones with high resolution. Cheap tablet + bluetooth keyboard/mouse = cheap alternative to hybrids.

24. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I just wish Dell would expand (or, at least, not cancel) the Venue 8 Windows line. I have a Venue 8 Pro 5855 that gives me Win10, an Atom x5-Z8500, 4gb of RAM, 64gb of storage, and a Wacom stylus for under $500. It's slower than most laptops but it's half the weightI heartily recommend it.

2. Fonatic

Posts: 70; Member since: May 23, 2016

fapple will survive due to more loyalty!!!

4. Fona13A unregistered

-Obligatory anti-Win10 circlejerk post-

5. Fonatic

Posts: 70; Member since: May 23, 2016

i ain't anti win 10,i use win 10 dell xps13 idiot!!!!!

6. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

people still use HP and Dell?

13. Shocky unregistered

Dell's tablets are crap regardless of what OS they use.

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Dell's tablets had good specs but the design was too quirky for my taste.

19. rshanberg unregistered

The big question is, will they be having some sort of clearance sale to get rid of their stock of Android tablets?

23. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

in 2010 peple play temple run on android and in 2016 people play temple run on crap. rip android in tablet

25. shahin.wadud

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 01, 2016

windows is the future for tablet, phablet and hybrid. windows is for real productivity.

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