Dell abandons Android tablets in push towards Windows hybrids
posted by Ben R. / Jun 30, 2016, 11:04 PM
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.
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:In an email to
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.
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Being an Android user I see no future in ARM based tablets (Android or iPads), Windows hybrids are the next thing
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:17 PM 8
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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.
posted on Jun 30, 2016, 11:55 PM 4
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....
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 1:34 AM 2
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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 1:52 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 6:24 AM 0
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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 3:20 AM 2
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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 10:13 AM 0
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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 7:49 AM 1
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.
posted on Jul 01, 2016, 2:05 PM 0
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