In the conference call of second quarter earnings, Dell repeated its loyalty towards Android. It also said that its previous tablet-work on Windows 8 is very encouraging!
Michael Dell is the CEO of the tech giant, Dell. He persistently avoided using any specific names of his rivals in the tablet world, all along the call. However, we are clever enough to know that his dig was pointing straightforwardly at Dell’s rival HP and its WebOS Touchpad. And RIM’s QNX-powered PlayBook that gained jaded reviews.
He quoted: “We think it’s shaping up to be a competitive environment. I don’t think that beyond those two there are viable alternatives that make sense — there’s a lot of other noise out there in the market that I don’t think will amount to much of anything.”
But Dell itself hasn’t been able to reach the popularity with its tablets that was quite expected! Its tablet-cum-smart phone technology was based on 5-inch screen running on Android. Let’s face it: the device did not catch consumer attention! So what Dell did next was that it started to focus all of its effort on the Dell Streak that has a 7 inch screen. Other than this Dell also launch a 10 inch Streak Pro in China only last year! Dell furthered ahead and revealed it Inspiron Duo which is powered by Window 7 and is a NetBook. Despite, these great efforts, Dell was unable to produce any product that could provide any competition to Apple’s iPad.
Kirk Schell, executive at Dell says: “Windows-based tablets are well-suited to the enterprise, citing businesses’ familiarity with Microsoft and its software. Windows 8, however, is not expected to launch until next year.”
Michael Dell was also asked by many analysts on the Tuesday call what he thought about the Google’s $12.5 billion attempt to somehow buy Motorola Mobility and how could it affect the Android eco-system?
In answer to these questions, Michael Dell said: “Certainly patents play a big role here,” he said. “Having Android with a stronger ability to exhaust patent claims against it probably sets up an interesting competitive dynamic.”
It was also reported that Dell shares reached up to 8% till $14.29 on Wednesday. Seems like Dell is good to go!