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Dell working on Android 'internet device'

Dell's rumoured Android device - is it the iPod touch rival?
Dell's rumoured Android device - is it the iPod touch rival?

Dell is reportedly working on a new device using the Android OS, although it won't be a fully-functioning mobile phone.

According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal who have seen a prototype, the new device is similar to an iPod touch in that it's a full touchscreen.

However, the new device is being dubbed a mobile internet device (MID) or a smartbook, as devices that site between phones and netbooks, and both are phrases that TechRadar really hopes don't catch on.

Smarter than Smartphone

The new handset was snapped earlier this month, although whether this is the actual device is unconfirmed.

Dell has been rumoured to be entering the smartphone game for a number of years, but apart from dabbling in PDAs it has yet to firm up a presence.

But the sources say this new smartbook (yuck) will possibly even debut this summer, which would be a pretty quick turnaround time for Dell.

But given we've seen a number of netbooks based on the Android OS, it would be relatively simple to create an MID based on the same principle.

Via Wall Street Journal

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.