Up until now, Dell has released only one Windows Phone device, the Venue Pro. This smartphone comes with a unique form factor in the Windows Phone world, bringing a portrait-sliding physical QWERTY keyboard to the table. So the Dell Venue Pro has been a decently priced interesting offering, yet it now seems that the company didn’t manage to sell as many smartphones as it was expecting to. At least not Venue Pros.
According to wpcentral, a “higher up at Dell” has confirmed that the company will not be releasing any new Windows Phones in the near future. It won’t be launching any new handset running Microsoft’s latest version of the mobile operating system, named Mango.
Dell may launch another Windows Phone when Windows Phone 8 (named Apollo) will be available, but up until then the Venue Pro was the first and last Dell Windows Phone. Fortunately for owners of that device, the company will continue to provide updates for it.
At some point in the past, Dell was planning to release a successor to the Venue Pro, codenamed Wrigley, but that device never saw the light of day and has been cancelled.
We’re guessing Dell is now waiting for Windows Phone’s market share to increase before taking another risk with Microsoft’s OS. And with the latter’s partnership with Nokia, WP7 may just be on the map in a few months. We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out.
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