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Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't push out OS upgrades to current customers.




"Dell has stopped selling Android devices as it steps away from slate-style tablets to focus on Windows 2-in-1 tablets.


The company isn't refreshing the Venue line of Android tablets, and will no longer offer the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a thumb-size computer that can turn a display into a PC. Other Android devices were discontinued some time ago.


"The slate tablet market is oversaturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line," a Dell spokesman said.


Although Dell has killed its Android devices, it made interesting products with the OS. One was the Venue 8 7000 tablet, which had an OLED screen and a 3D RealSense camera. Meanwhile, 2-in-1s can serve as both tablets and laptops.


"We are seeing 2-in-1s rising in popularity since they provide a more optimal blend of PC capabilities with tablet mobility. This is especially true in the commercial space," the Dell spokesman said.


Dell won't be offering OS upgrades to Android-based Venue tablets already being used by customers. "For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades," the spokesman said.


With Android devices discontinued, Dell now mostly has laptops and 2-in-1s with Windows on its roster, and some Chromebooks as well. Dell's Chromebook 11 3120 and Chromebook 13 7310 -- which run Chrome OS -- will be able to run Android apps through access to the Google Play Store. The Chromebooks won't run the Android OS, however."


Much more in the whole article here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/3090544/android/dell-stops-selling-android-devices.html?token=%23tk.IFWNLE_nlt_infoworld_hardware_rpt_2016-07-07&idg_eid=6aa01e18b29f7b6f9149f611f8eac228&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=InfoWorld%20Hardware%20Report%202016-07-07&utm_term=infoworld_hardware_rpt#tk.IFW_nlt_infoworld_hardware_rpt_2016-07-07




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