Dell discontinues sales of Android Streak 7 tablet

Dell said it is no longer selling its Streak 7 tablet running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform, the latest indication that the computer maker's foray into the world of mobile computing is losing momentum.

Dell Steak 7

Dell Streak 7

The Streak 7, which featured a 7-inch screen, is no longer on Dell's online store. The tablet was sold through Dell as well as T-Mobile USA (T-Mobile no longer offers the device on its site). The device was not upgraded to the Honeycomb version of Android, which is specifically designed for tablets. Dell pointed customers to its other mobile products.

"Dell remains committed to the mobility market and continues to sell products here and in other parts of the world," the company said in a statement, according to Electronista. "Streak 7 delivered a unique experience for customers who wanted a larger screen size yet the freedom of staying connected to their personal and professional content while on the go. It continues to be available in many markets through retail, distributors and carrier partners such as Optus in Australia.

The demise of the Streak 7 comes after Dell stopped selling the Streak 5, a 5-inch Android tablet, in August. The computer maker still sells the Android-powered Venue phone as well as the Venue Pro, which runs on Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone platform. However, at least in tablets, the company appears to be looking more toward releases of Windows 8 devices next year. Dell CEO Michael Dell said in October that the Android tablet market "has not developed to the expectations they would have had."

Dell is one of a number of PC makers, including Acer, Asus and Lenovo, that has tried to crack into the smartphone and tablet market over the past several years. However, none has managed to make much of a dent in the market thus far.

For more:
- see this Dell site
- see this Electronista post
- see this Verge article

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