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#1 (Spork)

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 14:34

http://bgr.com/2012/...ss-exit-247155/
The global smartphone industry is expected to grow to reach $150 billion in 2014, andDell (DELL) wants no part of it. According to Jeff Clarke, head of Dell’s consumer business, the company has no plans to re-enter the smartphone race anytime soon. ”It needs a lot of investments to really be successful,” Clarke told Forbes on Wednesday during the Dell World conference, and the company is apparently unwilling to make those investments.
Clarke also confirmed that Dell is done with Android for the time being, instead focusing on tablets running Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 platform. ”It’s a content play with Android. Amazon is selling books and Google is making it up with search. So far we couldn’t find a way to build a business on Android,” the executive said.

dell was in the smartphone business ?


#2 Dot Matrix

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 14:41

Dell has a few Android and WP7 devices on the market, yes, they were in the smartphone business.

#3 Pupik

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 14:47

Dell has a few Android and WP7 devices on the market, yes, they were in the smartphone business.

Thanks. Just came here to ask those questions. Never knew they were in the smartphone business.

#4 ahhell

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 14:54

They didn't exactly try very hard. :s

#5 Growled

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:52

dell was in the smartphone business ?


Shame they weren't. Dell is huge in the business world. A lot of companies probably would have bought from them if they had played their cards right.

#6 remixedcat

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 13:56

I've talked to a few dell streak owners and they were happy with thier devices...

#7 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 14:00

It's probably for the best, as nobody even knew they'd entered the smartphone market.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 18:35

**** poor attempt. Doubt many care anyway.

#9 alphaomegainfinity

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:49

I think they were only pushing ZTE manufactured phones.

#10 CronicHazel

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:24

Dell did have the potential to take over BlackBerry's former status as business heavyweights in the mobile industry if they tied their services properly :V

#11 Raa

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:55

I remember Dell's offerings. They were not very good, and that's being polite.

They've been in the smart-device market for quite a while.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:05

It's a regretful decision, but it had to be done or that division would have continued sucking money without showing any tangible results.

Dell's Axim line of PocketPCs was very solid. I remember how I wanted one, but never got it because of the whole looming touch interface.

So what happened is: Dell bet on Microsoft, but it took the latter ages to catch up in that sphere and finally deliver the product. At which point, Dell already lost too much on the mobile business. And in a such saturated and competitive market, they've probably figured out that it's not worth it and will focus on their core business instead.