Dell CEO Michael Dell discussed Microsoft's smartphone, Google Android, and tablets during a recent Hong Kong event.
Michael Dell suggested during a Hong Kong event that
developers are finding Microsoft's smartphone platform easier than Google
Android when it comes to creating apps and other software. But the Dell CEO
also had kind words for Android, which powers some of his company's tablet
offerings and competes against rival Apple.
"What's interesting about the smartphone space is how it's
changing into a more open-modular system," Dell said, according to a Nov. 2
. "It's staggering that Android has now surpassed Apple in
terms of originations and this is happening at a much, much faster rate than
what folks had envisioned."
Microsoft hopes its Windows Phone 7 devices will prove a hit
with consumers who would otherwise chose a Google Android smartphone or an
Apple iPhone. Part of its strategy involves enticing developers to create games
and productivity apps for the platform. Microsoft's app marketplace is reportedly
stocked with 1,000 apps, a few days before the smartphones launch first in the
United States on AT&T.
In related mobile news, Dell also predicted that his company
would debut a variety of new tablet PCs in 2011. Its
offerings already include the 5-inch Dell Streak
, powered by Google
Android, which sells for $299 with a two-year contract and $549.99 unlocked.
Like many of its tablet competitors entering the market, the Streak comes
equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing; however,
some analysts have cited its smaller screen-size as potentially weighing down
"We're going to have a significant number of new tablets in
the next year," Dell reportedly told the audience. "There're lots of debate
about the size of the market, who's buying these devices, and those questions
always emerge when there's a new form-factor."
Michael Dell previously unveiled a 7-inch Android tablet
Sept. 22 at Oracle OpenWorld, but
details about its cost or release date remain scarce
"Dell's reputation and distribution channels certainly
position it to be a contender in the media tablet market, but in terms of
execution the devil will be in the details, few of which have been announced," IDC
analyst Susan Kevorkian said in September
Whether or not the Streak can succeed in a tablet market
crowded with competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad, Dell
believes it can profit from a burgeoning market for the servers and hardware
that support those devices' data demands.
"There has to be servers and storage to support all the data
that is being pulled by users and this is an exciting opportunity for us," Michael
Dell told financial analysts during a summer conference hosted by the company
His most recent pronouncement about Dell tablets in 2011,
contrary to a September report that the company would launch the 7-inch Streak
"within the next few weeks." That report came from The Wall Street Journal,
which quoted Dell Greater China President Amit Midha as saying the 7-incher
would launch "very, very soon."