Dell is considering adding Android tablets to its hardware range for small and medium-sized businesses, as it sees growing demand for Google’s operating system in the commercial sector.
Currently Dell only produces Android devices for consumer markets in emerging regions such as India, while it sells Windows devices into the business market in more established regions such as the US and Europe.
However, the European president of Dell Aongus Hegarty told V3 it was clear Android devices were becoming popular in the business market and so it could bring devices on the OS to Europe in the near future.
“We are seeing, particularly in small businesses and medium-sized businesses, more use of Android tablets in the commercial space, so we’re going to continue develop that further," he said.
Traditionally Dell has always been a Microsoft Windows vendor and the firm even stumped up $2bn as part of the push to take the firm private. However, Hegarty said the firm was always open to using new systems if it was what the market demanded.
“Microsoft is one of our largest partners along with Intel and still we want to offer Android OS on our tablets to give more choice to customers.”
Such a move would make sense for Dell as other vendors, such as HP, have added Android devices to their hardware portfolios to meet this trend and to make up for tumbling PC sales, even with the end of Windows XP support.
Samsung currently dominates the tablet market for Android devices, with machines such as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (video review embedded below) among those aimed at the business market as staff embrace more flexible working styles.
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