Originally Posted by Smallwheels
Dell's real problem was using Android and also relying on Microsoft. Dell should have turned to the Linux community to create a better software system. It would have been closer to iOS than Android.
Programmers are already experimenting with Linux on tablets. Eventually there will be a good free OS that will work better than Android that can be installed on tablets. Once one of them takes off, Android will be in trouble if they don't fix their OS so it can be easily updated by all of their customers. That is one reason I don't want to purchase an Android device.
Dell really needs to keep the design around in its labs and update the technology even if they don't sell one right now. Eventually they'll need that experience to put into a functioning miniature tablet. Tablets large and small are the future of computing. Microsoft has proven that they aren't the right company for the job. Dell had better start thinking beyond the next product cycle and either create their own OS or partner with someone who has a better OS.
Apple created their own ecosystem when they were a smaller company. Dell should have the capability to do it too. HP has taken the step with WebOS. The writing is on the wall for Microsoft's domination of the home OS market to end.
Wow. Just... um.... wow.
I've heard a lot of ideas and predictions but this is the first time I've ever heard that the Linux community will rise up in unison and create one tablet OS to rule them all.
The concept of Dell going out on their own and creating a custom OS is possibly the worst idea I've ever heard.
I've said this a hundred times before but I'll say it again. In the connected future users will have a web of interconnected devices and how a device behaves as a part of that web will be more important than how it works as a standalone device.
Essentially Dell's only hope is to back the ecosystems. At the moment it looks like there will be three. iOS (Apple), Android (Google/Amazon) and Windows (Microsoft).
All of the other standalone OS's, like Blackberry, Bada, Meego, WebOS and your Linux community backed OS, will eventually die off.