Feeds

Moles unveil Dell's Android gadget plans

One MID and multiple smartphones for 2009, claim sources

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Dell is poised to launch several smartphones and at least one handheld internet access device this year, all of them based on Google's Android OS, company insiders have claimed.

The two leaks came from groups of seemingly unconnected people either “familiar with the company’s plans” or “people briefed on the matter”, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

While the Dell Android smartphone mole couldn’t add anything more than a potential launch date to rumours that have been doing the rounds for months, two moles connected with the PC firm told the WSJ that they’d seen early prototypes of a Dell MID (Mobile Internet Device) running Android.

The pair claimed that the MID is slightly larger than the iPod Touch. Yet another Dell mole added that the PC firm may begin selling the unnamed gadget later this year.

It’s worth noting that this last Dell mole stressed that the MID’s launch timeframe could be delayed for unknown reasons, or scrapped altogether.

If the sale does go ahead, though, then Dell has considered selling the Android gadget through network operators, it was reported.

Dell’s been more officially linked with Android before, but across a range of devices. For example, just last month Doug Anson, a Technology Strategist at Dell, released a video blog of the firm’s Mini 10v netbook - reviewed here - running Android’s Cupcake OS edition.

A loose-lipped Dell business partner also recently revealed that Dell plans to launch an Android-based netbook. But Andrew Bowins, a Dell spokesman, later said that its partner’s announcement was “made in error”.

Dell’s never officially confirmed any plans to launch a mobile phone or MID – let alone anything based on Android. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.