Dell may be the first of many who seek to bolster their line of 2-in-1 Windows devices at the sake of their pure tablet-oriented Android offerings. While the move doesn’t speak to the abundance of Android manufacturers who have already flooded the market with low-cost tablets or address the growing presence of Chromebook alternatives, a new report from TechCrunch puts into light how precarious moving away from Android production can be for current users.
According to TechCrunch, Dell will not only be discontinuing the sale of its Android tablets but ending support for those currently in the market as well. Apparently, over the holiday weekend in the US, Dell revealed that it would not be offering OS upgrades to its Android-based Venue tablets.
A Dell spokesperson clarifies:
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.”
As we earlier reported, Dell is seeing a rise in demand for its 2-in-1 offerings, of which a majority are running Windows 10 and as such, the company is focusing its efforts on delivering its commercial customers the devices they seem to want.
It should be noted that ChromeOS based laptops and AIO’s are still being offered by Dell and with the addition of Android apps, the shadow of the Android tablet experience will still live on. However, as Dell primarily deals in the business and commercial sales of products, it would seem the company’s foreseeable future is in the hands of Windows as the market settles around the notion of necessary computing devices.