Cisco to shut down its Android-based Cius tablet

In 2010, Cisco announced plans to release the Cisco Cius, an Android-based tablet designed primarily for the business and enterprise markets. At the time, a Cisco representative said that while the tablet had been in development for some time, it was accelerated after Apple launched the first version of the iPad.

Now it looks like the Cius' day is done. In a blog post on Friday, Cisco said:

Cisco will no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor, and no further enhancements will be made to the current Cius endpoint beyond what’s available today. However, as we evaluate the market further, we will continue to offer Cius in a limited fashion to customers with specific needs or use cases.

The company said that it will now "double down" on offering a number of software products for both tablets and smartphones, including Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx. The company never offered up any sales figures for the Cius, although we assume they were pretty bad if they are no longer going to actively support the product.

The tablet was one of the few that had a processor by Intel. It had a Intel Atom 1.6 GHz chip inside. The seven inch tablet had Android 2.2, along with both WiFi and 4G wireless connections, and a number of ports such as USB, MicroSD, and HDMI.

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its because its another crappy android tablet. nobody likes to use android. if you're rushing to click the reply button to remind me of the marketshare figures, dont bother as im aware of this number. That doesnt mean much without context. Most android phones sold on major carriers are iphone,so that means the rest of the android phones sold are cheap POS dumbphone like phones that they give away for pay as you go service. that is why android tablet sales are ****in weak,because it is a weak product.

vcfan said,
its because its another crappy android tablet. nobody likes to use android. if you're rushing to click the reply button to remind me of the marketshare figures, dont bother as im aware of this number. That doesnt mean much without context. Most android phones sold on major carriers are iphone,so that means the rest of the android phones sold are cheap POS dumbphone like phones that they give away for pay as you go service. that is why android tablet sales are ****in weak,because it is a weak product.

Riiiiight. Tell that to the millions who pre-ordered the SGS3. If only talking out of your ass was a real profession, so many people would be rich!

nekkidtruth said,

Riiiiight. Tell that to the millions who pre-ordered the SGS3. If only talking out of your ass was a real profession, so many people would be rich!

SGS3 is not a tablet... android tablet sales ARE crap cause the tablets are crap, period

Morden said,

SGS3 is not a tablet... android tablet sales ARE crap cause the tablets are crap, period

Except he was comparing the tablet market to the cell phone market, while making ridiculously absurd statements. Apology accepted, you're excused.

neufuse said,
Didn't even know this was in existance...

Yeah, is it me or does Cisco seem to be getting into a lot of completely unrelated markets, failing, and withdrawing? I personally don't like Cisco for a multitude of reasons, but it seems to me like the company as a whole is being mismanaged in a very costly way...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, is it me or does Cisco seem to be getting into a lot of completely unrelated markets, failing, and withdrawing? I personally don't like Cisco for a multitude of reasons, but it seems to me like the company as a whole is being mismanaged in a very costly way...

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M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, is it me or does Cisco seem to be getting into a lot of completely unrelated markets, failing, and withdrawing? I personally don't like Cisco for a multitude of reasons, but it seems to me like the company as a whole is being mismanaged in a very costly way...
it wasn't an unrelated market, this was not a product marketed for the regular home tablet user. this was a enterprise product to be used along with the rest of the cisco suite of enterprise communication products.

neufuse said,
Didn't even know this was in existance...

Exactly, I am a pretty big Cisco guy and I didn't know about it either. Great job marketing it....

They could make more profit selling enterprise and business level software for already existing tablets than they would trying to meagre out a margin from selling a hardware device that would ultimately prove unpopular against the consumer choices already in the market.

Wow.. an Android tablet with a x86 processor.. I cleary see the advantages there.. And it's ugly as ****

The guys at cisco probably went: "Let's make a tablet that will take 10x more battery life while offering no advantage over the ones that cost 10x less and making sure it will never be upgradable"

Edited by PmRd, May 26 2012, 5:27pm :

PmRd said,
Wow.. an Android tablet with a x86 processor.. I cleary see the advantages there.. And it's ugly as ****

The guys at cisco probably went: "Let's make a tablet that will take 10x more battery life while offering no advantage over the ones that cost 10x less and making sure it will never be upgradable"


And don't forget price it higher than better products from competitors...

And why not? That's Cisco's business model in a nutshell... Lol

PmRd said,
Wow.. an Android tablet with a x86 processor.. I cleary see the advantages there.. And it's ugly as ****

The guys at cisco probably went: "Let's make a tablet that will take 10x more battery life while offering no advantage over the ones that cost 10x less and making sure it will never be upgradable"

I don't think you understand what was the primary use of this product. you've probably never been in an office environment who use the full cisco suite of communication products either.

HawkMan said

I don't think you understand what was the primary use of this product. you've probably never been in an office environment who use the full cisco suite of communication products either.

Yes I perfectly understand. However you don't. There is NO, ZERO, NADA advantage of using x86 for android tablets