Dell looks at Android smartphone for AT&T network

Dell has a smartphone on the market in China that is based on the Marvell oPhone. The oPhone is a device that was designed and built by Marvell to allow companies to get into the smartphone market without needing to do all the work themselves. Dell is now reportedly looking to bring its oPhone to America.

Boring Dell mini 3i hits China

When I first heard that Dell was bringing smartphones out and then heard the rumor that it was unable to find a carrier in the U.S. for the devices, I wondered why. I figured that the reason was that the Dell smartphone had nothing compelling in its feature set. It appears that assumption was correct. After week of blurry leaked images, the Dell Mini 3i handset has officially debuted in China. All I can say is that the device is a turd and I see why no one wanted it here in the States.

Analysts expect Dell Android phone to hit China

Dell has said on a couple occasions that it will be entering into the smartphone market. Dell is eyeing this market as a way to improve profitability by stepping into a market that is growing well despite the poor economy and the slump in global PC sales. According to Barron's analysts believe that Dell will have a limited launch of an Android-based smartphone through China Unicom this fall. Analyst Ashok Kumar from Collins Stewart cites Foxconn as the source for the news.

Dell working on Android-powered device

We already know that several of the largest computer makers on the planet are looking at entering into the smartphone market. We also already know that several of the companies are looking to Android as the OS for the devices. The Washington Post reports that Dell is working on an Android-powered device, but the device isn't the long anticipated Dell smartphone. The device is believed to be an Android-powered MID that will connect to the Web, but not make calls along the lines of the iPod touch.

Dell’s Android MID plans: still experimenting

According to the Wall Street Journal, Dell is sitting on a number of Android prototype devices that offer MID-style internet access.  Described as being "slightly larger" than Apple's iPod touch, the touchscreen prototypes are said to be ARM-based and, from the sound of things, very much in the experimental stage. Dell have made no secret of the fact that they've been experimenting with Android.  Back in May the company demonstrated a netbook running the open-source OS, though they were clear that it was only a prototype and not confirmation of an upcoming production model. This latest leak appears to be more of the same; another source, who claims to have been briefed on Dell's plans, suggests that the Android MID could be put into production for a release later in 2009, or alternatively "the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely."  Dell are apparently considering distributing the MID via carriers, similar to the manner in which their 3G-enabled netbooks are sold; there's also talk of a separate line of Android-based smartphones still in the works. [via SlashGear]

Dell’s Android Smartphone Leaks

Android is grabbing lots of headlines of late with new netbooks coming with the OS and even more smartphones running the open source OS coming soon. We all know that Dell has long been saying it would be getting into the mobile phone market. Dell has been mum on the topic and has yet to officially announce any mobile phones. Speculation was that Dell would launch devices running Windows Mobile given the close ties between Microsoft and Dell in its computing arm.

Dell demo Android OS 1.5 Cupcake on Mini 10v netbook [Video]

Android OS 1.5 Cupcake hasn't even had its official release onto G1 handsets in the US, but that hasn't stopped Dell from experimenting with the open-source OS on their latest netbook.  The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v packs the usual mixture of an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard-drive, but Dell normally fit it with Windows XP Home. In this video demo, however, Dell's Doug Anson shows the Mini 10v running three different platforms, including Cupcake.  There's little detail, sadly, but he does say that it's a "small, snappy" OS and that it "runs fairly nicely". Sadly Anson also reiterates that Dell have no "announced product plans with the Android environment", but the fact that they're testing it and with seemingly decent results does bode well for the future.  The Inspiron Mini 10v retails from $299 in the US, and is available to order now. [youtube][/youtube]
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