Dell seems to have recognized the disaster that was their Streak line of tablets. Even though the five-inch model was a perfect introduction to a phone-tablet hybrid, having outdated Android software - let alone Android as a whole - left the devices fighting to gain market share from launch. Newer operating systems were available on older, less expensive devices, and it seems that Dell didn't seem to mind lagging behind. At least, until this week. After discontinuing the Streak tablets during holiday season last year, Dell's vice chairman, Jeff Clarke, made an announcement we've been expecting to hear for a while. Clarke officially went on record at Dell's World Conference in Austin to say that the company is parting ways with Android completely on its phones and tablets.
He went on to say that,
It's a content play with Android... Amazon is selling books and Google is making it up with search. So far we couldn't find a way to build a business on Android... It (Android) needs a lot of investments to really be successful.
So, Dell is completely unhappy with its performance on the Android platform. Granted, half of the fault lies on their own devices and inability to keep up with the times while still managing to set a trend, but the company is deciding to blame Android, which I suppose is fine in my book. Now Dell is shifting its focus strictly to Windows 8 devices, which we've already seen in the Inspiron 10 and their all-in-one touchscreen PCs. However, we've heard them say before that they were done with Windows, so it's only a matter of time until Dell's self-proven method of constantly changing their business model has them coming up with a new decision in another twelve months. For now, though, you can enjoy all of the Windows 8 devices they put out, as they will be supported no matter if Dell chooses to only build Chromebooks next year. But if that happens, you can be sure the company won't be around much longer.