Dell to make Android device using ARM chip

Hardware giant Dell has advanced plans to make an Internet capable handheld device which uses the Google Android operating system.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the machine can’t be used as a cellphone but instead falls into a category Intel has been pushing called a mobile internet device (MID).

But Dell won’t be following its well worn route of using Intel chips, claims the report. Instead it is likely to use an ARM based chip – that’s something of a slap in the face for the chip giant, which faces fiercer competition in this sector from the British based fabless chip company.

The Journal said that Dell started developing the MID last year after it abandoned an attempt to compete with Apple in the iPod sphere.

The report also claimed Dell is working on Android smartphones and is negotiating with different cellular companies to promote the gizmos.