Dell hasn’t been all too successful in the tablet market so
far despite having one of the first to market in the shape of the Dell Streak
5, however the newer and larger Streak 7 has gone the same way as its smaller borther and has been discontinued – in the US at least.
Dell removed the Streak 7from its online store in the US, simply saying
it was no longer available but you “can still browse [their] other mobile
devices for similar products.”Though this isn’t quite the case as Dell now no longer has any Android tablets for sale in the US.
Initially this move seemed to signal Dell’s
intent to move away completely from the Android tablet market, but a subsequent statement from the company is eager to point out that this is simply not the case.
It said: “Dell remains committed to the mobility market and
continues to sell products here and in other parts of the world. We remain
committed to expanding our reach beyond PCs with a targeted set of open,
standards-based mobility solutions and services designed for commercial and
mobile professional customers.”
A Dell public relations officer added to The Verge that Dell
was not “backing away” from Android, but, considering how they have failed to
make an impact on the market in the US, we would expect the company to possibly look
towards Windows 8 as a possible new platform when it launches later this year.
While the Streak 5 and 7 have been pulled from the online
store in the US, Dell does also have the Streak Pro, a 10in Android tablet available but it
is currently only available in China with no date for a US launch announced.
While the Streak 7 is still available in certain markets
around the world, its removal from the US marketplace is a strong signal of
where Dell’s intentions lie. We expect to learn a lot more at CES this January so stay
tuned for more news.
Source: The Verge