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Rumor: Dell To Take Windows Phone Hiatus, Maybe Android Too

We may have another casualty of the smartphone wars on our hands now, if you believe this report from WPCentral. According to the site’s source (a “higher up” at Dell), the company has decided not to release its “Wrigley” handset, and in fact will totally bow out of the Windows Phone game for at least 2012.

Sure, it wasn’t like the Dell Venue Pro lit the world on fire, but it’s still kind of sad — and I don’t mean that in a snarky way. If you believe that competition is good, then it’s never cool to see a would-be smartphone competitor go down like this.

But who knows what the future might hold. If this story holds true, then maybe after a period of being on the down-low, the company will come back ready to knock it out of the park with an epic WP8/Apollo showing. This is presumably just a hiatus, after all. And just because they’re leap-frogging Mango, it doesn’t mean they’re going out completely. Right?

We’ll have to wait and see how this pans out. But before you jump to conclusions about Dell not being too hot about WinPho specifically, it’s worth noting that the company also seems to be pulling in the reigns on its Android initiatives too, says the site. So this could be more indicative of its plans regarding its whole mobility business.

Would you be sad to see Dell ditch its mobile device business? Or could you see the writing on the wall, given the Venue Pro and Streak?

[via WPCentral]

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...