Because there just isn’t enough demand for them, Dell is discontinuing all of its Android-based devices. The company quietly said on Thursday that its Venue line of Android tablets and the Wyse Cloud Connect have both been pulled from its site.
A Dell spokesperson told PCWorld the following:
“The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line.”
Moving forward, Dell will be putting every bit of its attention on Microsoft’s Windows. The spokesperson added that 2-in-1 devices are “rising in popularity” among both consumers and businesses.
Simplified laptops from the company running Chrome OS, another platform designed by Google, will remain on the market for the foreseeable future.
So what’s next for existing owners of Dell’s Android devices? Nothing at all. The company won’t be pushing out software updates to anything; therefore, the best option is to purchase a new tablet from a more responsible brand like Samsung.
Thousands of people with Dell-made hardware running Android are essentially left with junk as of June 30. At least warranties and service contracts will continue to be valid through their expiration dates.
The most recent tablet released was the Venue 8 7000. That tablet shipped with a very interesting design, having an 8.4-inch display with a massive bottom bezel that housed the front-facing camera with Intel’s RealSense technology and the front-facing speaker.
Dell is of course playing it safe by saying a return to Android is a possibility. But, after seeing the Streak flop in 2010 and the Venue tablets burn out quickly in 2015, it’s hard to see Dell really commit to Android once again.