In one of the first experiments by a major PC maker to develop a mobile Internet device -- or MID -- Dell is said to be working on a pocket-sized device that is slightly larger than Apple's iPod
Touch, Justin Scheck reports. Like the Touch, it does not have cell phone capabilities but looks to fill a niche between mobile phones and laptops.
The MID would run on Google's Android
software, sources who have seen early prototypes say. Dell reportedly has also been developing several Android-based smartphones that it plans to start selling later this year.
source says Dell could also sell the MID device as early as this year -- or it could be delayed or scrapped. It may be sold through cellular carriers in the way that Dell and competitors such as
Hewlett-Packard are marketing their netbooks.
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