June 29, 2009

Dell Develops an Android Mobile Internet Device

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by Franz Bicar

Watch out Apple, Dell is coming for you! Reports (Wall Street Journal) surfaced earlier today that Dell, a multinational technology corporation, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products, is on the verge of developing their very own pocket-sized device using Google’s Android operating system. The said device is reported to have similar capabilities with Apple’s iPod Touch in that it can surf the Internet and is also a multimedia device.

Early prototypes of the said device show its similarities in functionality and form to the iPod Touch. The device is considered to be a mobile Internet device or MID, currently a new category in the mobile market.

Reports further claimed that Dell has been working on this project since early last year as a competition for Apple’s iPod business. Earlier this year, rumor has it that Dell is also working on a smartphone that could probably be in competition to the Apple iPhone. The rumored smartphone will also use Google’s Android operating system.

Whether these devices are good enough to compete against Apple’s devices, we won’t know yet. The projected release date for the MID is for the second of 2009. The smartphone, is still non-existent and remains a rumor. But once these devices do come out, then we will know for sure.

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One Response to “Dell Develops an Android Mobile Internet Device”
  1. HereAndNow says:

    All MIDs should optionally support cell phone calls, SMS/MMS, LBS, etc. (i.e. basic smartphone functionality). If Dell’s MID is running Android, it would only need the corresponding hardware to enable this functionality. This would make Dell’s MID even more attractive to mobile operators, since the operators would be able to generate revenue from phone calls, SMS/MMS, etc., in addition to basic data contracts.

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