Dell chooses Windows 8 over Android for tablets

Dell is a manufacturer known mostly for their desktop and laptop PCs, but lately they have begun branching out into the tablet market. Their Dell Streak 5 and Dell Streak 7 Android tablets carved out a niche with some users, and their future roadmaps have an even heavier focus on tablets.

However, while it was at first assumed that Dell would stick with Android for at least some of their future tablets, the company just announced that they will be betting on Windows 8 for all upcoming tablets. In the words of CEO Michael Dell, "Android is certainly another opportunity as well, but that market has not developed to the expectations they would have had."

Basically, it sounds like Dell has been unimpressed by the performance of their aforementioned Android devices, and as such have decided to abandon the platform. Windows 8 certainly seems to be a great alternative choice for tablets, and I know we would all like to see some new UMPCs, especially from a well-known company like Dell.

Still, it seems odd for Dell to completely abandon Android, even if they do have other plans. Do you think this will turn out to be a good decision, or has Dell just missed the boat in terms of tablets? 

[Android and Me]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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