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Dell stops selling Android devices

Agam Shah | July 1, 2016
Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers

Apple was the world's top tablet vendor in the first quarter this year, followed by Android tablet vendors Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo and Huawei, according to IDC.

Android tablets were some of the lowest-priced computing products for Dell, which now is focused on selling higher-margin products. In some cases, the Venue Android tablets were bundled for free with laptops.

While tablet and PC shipments decline, 2-in-1s are thriving, according to IDC. Buyers are upgrading laptops to 2-in-1s with Windows 10. Shipments are also growing for Chromebooks and gaming PCs.

Meanwhile, Dell is in the process of merging with EMC as part of a $67 billion megadeal. To finance the merger, the company has agreed to sell its software group to equity firms Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation for $2 billion, and IT services group Dell Services to NTT Data for $3 billion. Dell also spun-off its SecureWorks unit, which is publicly traded.

 

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