Dell drops Android tablet in US

2011-12-06 09:27
Dell is dropping its Streak tablet in the US in the face of competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire. (Mark Lennihan, AP)

Dell is dropping its Streak tablet in the US in the face of competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire. (Mark Lennihan, AP)

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San Francisco - Dell said it would halt sales of its Android tablet computer in the US market, as rival Amazon's new Kindle Fire has heated up in a market dominated by Apple's iPad.

A message on the Texas-based computer's website said that the 17.8cm Streak tablet powered by Google's mobile operating software would no longer be sold in the US.

"Dell remains committed to the mobility market and continues to sell products here and in other parts of the world," the company said in an e-mail.

"We remain committed to expanding our reach beyond PCs (personal computers) with a targeted set of open, standards-based mobility solutions and services designed for commercial and mobile professional customers," it added.

The Streak 7 failed to gain momentum after its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The tablets were priced at $200 as long as buyers signed contracts with telecom service provider T-Mobile.

Online retail powerhouse Amazon.com has meanwhile reported that its new Kindle Fire tablet was its best-selling product during the Black Friday shopping rush the day after Thanksgiving.

Fire has a 17.8cm screen and is priced at $199, believed to be slightly less than what it costs to make the tablets. Fire also synchs with the growing trove of digital entertainment content available at Amazon.

Dell said Streak 7 continues to be available "in many markets" through partners such as Optus in Australia. A 25cm version of the Streak is sold in China.

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