Report: Dell launching mobile phone this week; will it be Android?

Report: Dell launching mobile phone this week; will it be Android?

Summary: "A source with knowledge of the situation" tells TechCrunch that Dell plans to introduce a mobile phone in China in the next few days."The information we’ve received is extremely thin," writes Michael Arrington, who notes the accurate history of his anonymous source.

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"A source with knowledge of the situation" tells TechCrunch that Dell plans to introduce a mobile phone in China in the next few days.

"The information we’ve received is extremely thin," writes Michael Arrington, who notes the accurate history of his anonymous source.

There have been several reports of Dell launching a phone in the Chinese market in recent months, but not much beyond that basic information.

But there certainly is speculation. Arrington writes:

There is also wide speculation on the operating system, but we’re guessing it’s Android. Dell has also been working with Google on an Android-powered tablet computer in recent months. But in April Reuters had a report that Dell may be creating a proprietary operating system with China-based software maker Red Office.

What we’ve heard on the hardware: iPhone-like, touchscreen, no physical keyboard.

Would you buy a mobile phone from Dell?

Topics: Hardware, Dell, Mobility, Telcos

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • If they use a proprietary OS

    they'll need to come up with their own apps. If they use Android they can tap the Android market. That would make them competitive right away.
    Michael Kelly
    • They could use...

      several OS's WIn MOBILE, or SYMBIAN
      mrlinux
      • They certainly could

        However Win Mobile would add to its cost (and I may be mistaken, but I've heard Win Mobile does not yet support touch). Symbian is certainly a possibility as well, but given that it does not have a unified UI yet (soon though) I would still think Android would be a better start off point to get things moving quickly with as little development needed.
        Michael Kelly
        • Windows mobile

          Does support touch just not multitouch
          jdbukis@...
        • My point was..

          They could still use other OS's that also have lots of applications available.

          However I agree Android would make more sense, but lots of times things are not done because they make sense.
          mrlinux
  • Dell Phone?

    I would definitely give it a look-see.

    had a Dell PDA for years......

    rhonin
  • why not another Pocket PC?

    Dell has a history of making some nice Pocket PCs. So why not a Smart Phone running on the Pocket PC OS?

    I have a Toshiba Pocket PC Smart Phone and frequently carry it but do not use it as a Verizon cell phone due to the costs involved (the last time I checked).

    Terry Thomas
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    AtlantaTerry
  • Will it come with an Android version of Green Dam?

    Details will be interesting...
    Johnny Vegas
  • Buy a mobile phone from Dell? Why?

    What would be the compelling reason to buy a mobile
    phone from Dell?

    People who want to avoid an iPhone already have options
    available from experienced companies, like RIM & Nokia.

    Ken_z
  • Not if it was the only one left ....

    Not if it was the only one left ....
    I fix computers and other mobile devices. If the phone is
    as good as the other products they sell, my business will
    do better because I will have more to repair again. But
    think of the landfills. People buy the cheap (which usually
    means cheap in quality) and when it goes bad (as in the
    power connections on the laptops), they just toss it out
    and buy another. Luckily, with the economy in the
    condition it is in, most people have phones and will not
    switch unless they are free.
    rstcomp
    • If you can't get the basics right ...

      I have a Dell PC that's had the power connector (motherboard) repaired 3 times - and its dead again, and an HP PDA with a bad power connector, that's been repaired once, and is broken again. It will be a loooong time before I give either of these another chance.

      In short - No way.
      MAKsystems