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Dell returns to Android with Venue 7, Venue 8 tablets

10/02, 12:30pm

Android offerings sold alongside Windows 8.1 devices

Dell has made a surprise return to the Android platform with its latest tablet introductions, the Venue 7 and Venue 8. Not to be confused with the Venue "Pro" variants, which run Windows 8.1, the basic Venue tablets are powered by Intel's latest Atom processors and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Hands on: Dell Venue 7, Venue 8 Android tablets

10/02, 12:30pm

Dell delves back into consumer tablet arena

Dell's new Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets mark the company's return to the consumer tablet arena, after a long hiatus following an unsuccessful attempt with the Streak series. The new Android tablets will be sold alongside the company's Windows 8.1-powered Venue "Pro" tablets. Electronista had a chance to try out the new tablets at Intel's Developer Forum conference last month in San Francisco.

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Dell formally quits smartphones in US for now

03/28, 11:35pm

Dell exits another mobile category

Dell in a statement confirmed that it had backed out of smartphones in the US. At least at present, the Android-running Venue and Windows Phone-based Venue Pro had "run their course," PCWorld paraphrased a Dell representative as saying. There would be mobile devices later into 2012, but Dell was unclear if there would be more than tablets at the time.

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Dell Venue cleared for US defense networks without Market

12/28, 4:35pm

Dell Venue gets approved for use by DISA, DoD

Dell's Venue Android smartphone has followed in the footsteps of the discontinued Streak 5 tablet from the company in earning US government approval for use by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). It has thus become the first Android phone to get the honor following RIM's BlackBerry devices, as revealed by a DISA document. Department of Defense employees will get limited access to the device's features however, with no access to the Android Market and web browsing done only through a DoD proxy server.

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Dell drops Streak 7, backs out of Android tablets in US

12/05, 8:40am

Dell quits Android tablet arena in short term

Dell on Monday confirmed that it had stopped selling the Streak 7. The tablet is no longer available online and is withdrawing just months after Dell axed the Streak 5. In a statement, it said it would still be involved in the mobile space but conspicuously referred to the Streak 7 in the past tense, suggesting it was being phased out.

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Dell scales back CES presence in hint of move from home PCs

11/30, 6:45pm

Dell at CES 2012 shifts away from home focus

Dell is whittling back one of its staple practices at CES in a sign of a reduced focus on the home for 2012. New leaks Wednesday hinted to AllThingsD that the company would drop its near-traditional occupation of a whole floor at The Palms off of the Las Vegas strip in favor of the hotel suite invites and meeting rooms common to companies that don't have major products to unveil at the show. If would instead attach itself to a keynote from one of its partners, implying Intel or Microsoft.

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Dell 'very' in step with Windows 8, disappointed by Android

10/13, 11:10am

Dell CEO downplays Google at own conference

Dell's founder Michael Dell used his own Dell World conference as an unusual platform for talking down Android while putting faith in Windows 8. While he pledged loyalty to Microsoft and said the company was "very aligned" with it, he said Google's OS had "not developed to the expectations" Dell had. Steve Felice, president of the consumer division, tried to minimize the company's lack of success, claiming that the Streak tablets, Aero, and Venue phones were shipped in small numbers to "see customer reaction and behavior."

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Dell may be pausing Windows Phone, Android plans

10/07, 4:20pm

Dell said axing Windows Phone sequel for now

Dell may be backing out of its plans for Windows Phone if not all of mobile for the near future. Claims passed on by a "higher up" alleged to WPCentral that a sequel to the Venue Pro, the Wrigley, has been cancelled along with any plans for Windows Phone 7 hardware in 2012. The smartphone might not have even gone beyond planning.

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Apple purported working on curved-glass iOS devices for 2012

09/26, 7:15am

Apple may opt for curved touchscreens in 1h 2012

An industry rumor on Monday claimed that Apple was developing mobile devices with curved glass. The company has supposedly given part suppliers help by buying glass polishing hardware, Digitimes said. Three companies have been identified supplying cover glass, with Fuji Crystal and Lens Technology focusing on iPhones and G-Tech handling iPads.

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Apple said pushing for curved glass on next iPhone

05/23, 7:40am

iPhone 2011 may go curved glass

Apple may borrow a cue from earlier iPod nanos and even Dell for the display of the next iPhone, insiders claimed Monday. Component suppliers have heard Apple would implement a curved glass cover and had been pushing to overcome the cost barriers to the technology by buying the glass cutter machinery itself. The company had reportedly left the machines in storage and would bring them out once economies of scale worked out, Digitimes said.

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Dell offers unlocked Venue for AT&T, T-Mobile

02/03, 2:35pm

Dell Venue reaches US with unlocked model

Dell today brought the Venue to the US for the first time as an unlocked device. The all-touch Android 2.2 phone is reaching the US in versions with 3G both for AT&T's network as well as for T-Mobile. Both run Dell's custom, multi-screen Stage UI also found in larger form on the Streak 7.

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Dell officially unveils Streak 7 tablet, gaming PCs, Venue

01/06, 3:45pm

Dell brings out Streak 7 tablet, teases 10-incher

The expected Dell Streak 7 tablet has been officially revealed by Dell on Thursday. Nearly at the same time as the Dell Streak 7 was confirmed by T-Mobile, Dell held its own off-site press conference in Las Vegas at CES. It will be the first 4G tablet in the US, the company announced.

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