Beleaguered Dell developing pocket-sized Internet device

Apple Online Store “Engineers at Dell Inc. have been developing a pocket-sized device for tapping into the Internet, people familiar with the company’s plans said,” Justin Scheck reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The gadget uses Google Inc.’s Android software, these people said,” Scheck reports. “Two people who said they saw early prototypes described the device as slightly larger than Apple Inc.’s iPod touch, which is similar to the iPhone but does not have cellphone capabilities.”

Scheck reports, “People familiar with the effort said Dell began developing the device last year, after the company aborted an attempt to compete with Apple in the music-player business. Some of the engineers working on the music player were then assigned to help develop the small mobile device. One Dell engineer has been in charge of customizing Google’s free Android software, which is currently used in cellphones, for the device, they said.”

Scheck reports, “Another person who was briefed on the company’s plans recently said Dell may begin selling the device during the second half of 2009, though this person said the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely.”

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