It has said that it is giving up on its 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.
Dell has long said that the slate tablet market is over-saturated and declining. They appear to be being replaced by 2-in-1s which provide a more optimal blend of PC capabilities with tablet mobility. In other words the keyboardless netbook is being replaced by a keyboardless netbook with a keyboard.
Dell can’t be bothered even offering OS upgrades to Android-based Venue tablets although it will take care of the warranty and service contracts until the expire.
Dell will instead focus on laptops and 2-in-1s with Windows on its books with a lashing of Chromebooks. If you don’t want Windows, Dell also sells XPS and Precision laptops with Ubuntu to developers, and thin clients with Linux, Windows Embedded and Wyse’s ThinOS operating systems.
Venue is Dell’s kiss of death brand. The last thing to be called Venue was Dell’s smartphones which were driven out to a Berlin woods and shot in the back of the head in 2012. When Dell released its tablets with the name you could not help but feel the doom rising. Venue tablets with Windows still exist but they have not been upgraded and will probably go the same way any day now.
HP is also giving up on Jobs’ dream. It now offers just a handful of Android tablets, mainly for businesses. Lenovo is slowly going the same way offering fewer Android tablets and has expanded its Windows-based, 2-in-1 lineup.
Tablet sales for Apple are shrinking too. They were, exactly what we said they were at the time, a marketing fad with no actual use.