Dell officially says goodbye to smartphones
posted by Alan F. / Dec 12, 2012, 1:52 PM
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.
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Has anyone other than Google or Samsung made any money off of Android?
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 1:54 PM 9
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 2:00 PM 7
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 2:45 PM 0
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 5:00 PM 0
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 8:27 PM 0
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 2:11 PM 2
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 4:19 PM 0
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 2:11 PM 7
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 2:26 PM 1
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 6:56 PM 0
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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 Dec 12, 2012, 7:35 PM 0
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"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 Dec 12, 2012, 9:47 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 10:08 PM 0
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