Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

No Venue for droids

Dell is getting out of the Android tablet market, citing oversaturation and weak overseas demand for a decision to quit offering the operating system on its Venue tablets.

The company will also take its Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect stick computer off the shelves.

Its response to all comers is to say the market is oversaturated, something its Kirk Schell blogged about here (without mentioning Android).

Schell's pitch is, however, relevant to the 'droid exit, and might hint that other tablets are falling out of favour. He writes that “according to Gartner, only 17 percent of consumer respondents in mature markets intend to buy a tablet in the next 12 months – one of the lowest percentages in the past decade. And according to IDC, last quarter pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of -21.1 percent.”

With Windows 10, Dell reckons the 8.1-million-device-per-quarter two-in-one market is better worth its effort.

The two-in-one market is the official Way of the FutureTM, because they offer “a laptop-first experience with the convenience of a tablet when needed. This is where our customers are asking us to invest and innovate”.

The company will also quit updating Android. ®

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