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Dell: We can do things with Android we can’t with Windows



The mobile OS race is usually a case of iOS vs Android, but with some manufacturers still backing Microsoft there is a third challenger to the tablet crown, at least for now.

Despite the likes of the Surface Pro 3 and Nokia Lumia 2520, Windows is on the wane in the tablet space.

Dell, a former giant of the PC market, has a couple tablets running Microsoft’s finest OS, but says Android offers a broader range of options.

The company has claimed there are things it can do with Android which just aren’t possible with Windows.

“We can do things with Android at the moment that we can’t do with Windows,” Adam Griffin, Dell’s Global Senior Tablet Product Manager said speaking with TrustedReviews.

Although singing the praises of the Google OS, Griffin has revealed Dell has no plans on turning its back on Windows just yet.

“We work with partners that our customers want,” he told us.

Whether it’s working with Windows or Android, we will offer both solutions.

“It’s all about choice, and again Dell offer you choice.”

With Windows currently the enterprise tool of choice, Griffin also hinted at the possibility of targeting businesses with future Android tablets.

Dell has three tablets on offer right now. There’s the 8-inch Dell Venue 8 Pro, and the 10.8-inch Dell Venue 11 Pro, both of which run on Windows.

Dell also sells an 8-inch Android tablet dubbed the Dell Venue 8.

The electronics manufacturer just announced the results of a survey that says 9/10 businesses now make use of tablets.

The survey also revealed that UK businesses manage to squeeze out a bonus 20 per cent productivity from their employees if they’re using tablets.

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Prem Desai

October 26, 2014, 8:12 am

Dell doesn't go on to give an example(s) of what they can do on Android that they cannot do with Windows.

At the end of the day, Windows will be more difficult as it's a proper OS and not a toy.
Android is like building with Lego whilst Windows is like building with bricks and mortar.
There will be standards to adhere to, etc.

This is not a knock on Android (I use Android). It has achieved a lot in the last few years - it's just that it's a different beast from Windows and is aimed at a different market.


October 26, 2014, 12:25 pm

Prem Desai the Protector of Everything Windows!
If you ask him, Apple 'cannot debug and test properly' and Android is 'a toy OS'.
Only Windows and Miscrosoft are capable.

I assume that's why they have less than 5% of the market right?

Hamish Campbell

October 26, 2014, 9:24 pm

Oh yes, I can just hear the MIT trained Google engineers laughing as they created Android:
' Standards, hahaha, we don't need standards. Screw our Phd's in OS development, lets create a toy OS!'

Hamish Campbell

October 26, 2014, 9:28 pm

The main part of Android is open source, so anyone can build it without Googles applications, and indeed change it however they like.

Staff at google are also major contributors to the linux kernel.


October 26, 2014, 10:08 pm

actually i'd like some examples too.
having said that Android is pretty good only wish was i had some 3d tools like Blender.
I have a Dell Venue 8 Pro and Tegra Note 7

Prem Desai

October 27, 2014, 6:28 am

Glad to see you finally understand!! Taken a while to get there though ..

Seriously, I'm commenting on a tech article. It may be right or wrong - doesn't matter as it's my opinion. I'm happy to be corrected.

You've clearly not got anything real to say except to follow my every post and criticise me - I am flattered.

However,flattery won't get to anywhere and in future, if you have nothing to say, please don't say it.

Prem Desai

October 27, 2014, 6:29 am

You're clearly not trained at MIT otherwise you've looked deeper intomy comment and said nothing.

Also, read my comment again - the bit about where I use android ...

Stop being such a fan boy.

Hamish Campbell

October 27, 2014, 8:53 am

Yes major. Take a look at the kernel commits stats and you'll see that they are. This is of course only relatively recently in comparison to the linux kernel which preceded Google.

The discussions about their method of code dumping after completion are well documented online. They have stated their reasons for doing so. You can, of course, not like their methods. But one can understand their reasons. Their contribution still enabled Amazon and Cyanogen to make the forks in the first place, and I would guess that both of them are still incorporating Googles later code dumps.

I don't think anyone is surprised that a for profit company is, at the very least, partly only contributing back due to license compulsion. But I would argue that pretty much every contributor is only doing stuff that interests themselves. Thats why we see some areas that get a lot of development and others that are left to one poor lonely sod, holding all the strings together.

Hamish Campbell

October 27, 2014, 8:59 am

My comment is not about you using android. It's about the flippant comment that Android is somehow not a proper OS, just a toy.

But I can see your real meaning seems to be that Microsoft will compel application developers to follow guidelines so that they will be of a higher quality. And you are correct in saying there is a lot of crud in the Android app store. I haven't seen a lot of windows apps, but I get the impression they take a more Apple-esque approach to application control.

Hamish Campbell

October 27, 2014, 9:04 am

Quite right. Although that was two years after it kicked off, so in the 9 following years it has probably had some refactoring :)

Prem Desai

October 27, 2014, 9:04 am

Tongue in cheek perhaps, but Android is where it is today by being fast-tracked - no question about it. Corners have been cut.

As mentioned before, it is a fantactic achievement, but does not have the same memory management, task management, multi-tasking, etc as Windows does.

Windows come from a desktop environment and is probably shackled somewhat by this legacy.

They both have their pros and cons.


October 27, 2014, 11:24 am

When you consider the 20+ years Windows has been in development and how much it still frustrates and annoys (network stack, UI inconsistencies, performance over time). Fair enough it's getting better all the time but the MS ideology of slash and burn, driven by marketing, arrogance and lack of direction does nothing to inspire or retain users. It's more of 'I have to use Windows because my job requires me to'. Corporate networking aside (because there are few alternatives), the desktop space is changing because the alternatives are more appealing to users. It's just a matter of time before they mature to an extent where the decision to leave Windows is no longer difficult.

Prem Desai

October 29, 2014, 8:21 am

Slightly off-topic mate. This is about mobile OS and you're commenting on desktop OS.


October 29, 2014, 10:01 am

My comment discussed the frustrating Windows life cycle and how, in the future, it could be replaced by an alternative (like Android) when the given alternative matures to an acceptable level. This article is about Dell doing things with Android that they can't do with Windows (the desktop operating system). I think they're related.

Hamish Campbell

October 30, 2014, 10:16 pm

Trusted reviews comments section seems to be picking up a bit lately after a long time in the doldrums. Nice to get some informed people and interesting opinions. Thanks.

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