The Dell Streak is no more following an announcement by Dell that the “Streak 7 is no longer available.” The end of Dell’s Android tablet line doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone after the fadeout of the 5-inch Streak in August, when that device failed to create the 5-inch tablet market.
The 7-inch Dell Streak, running on Google’s Android mobile operating system, went on sale in January and was priced at $200 with a T-Mobile contract, but had failed to generate any significant interest amongst consumers. Dell still has one 10-inch tablet available in China.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is catching on amongst consumers. The device only went on sale on Nov. 15, with heavy promotion on amazon’s website featuring details about the tablet. The Kindle Fire has already knocked the 16 GB iPad from its perch as the best-selling tablet — at least on Best Buy’s website.
So now that the Streak is over with, will Dell walk away from the tablet market altogether? That is apparently not the case. During an August call with analysts and journalists, Dell CEO Michael Dell said that “our early work on Windows 8 on the tablet side looks to be pretty encouraging.” So, it’s more than likely that Dell will now focus the Windows 8 platform to remain a player in the tablet market.