Dell Unwires Some More

5:20 PM -- Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) is following its Android announcement with the creation of a new mobile unit.

The new unit is being widely reported as a way for Dell to expand into more markets beyond the PC. It is mildly ironic that former Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) handset boss, Ron Garriques, will head up the division. Sanjay Jha, Garriques' successor at Motorola, is also pinning much of his handset hopes for 2010 on Android. (See Motorola's Android Outlook.)

I view the entry of Dell and others into the cellphone market as an interesting side-effect of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android operating system going mainstream. As Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recently said: "Android is like the new Windows Mobile, except it's free." (See Dell Finally Enters Smartphone Market.) Of course, Dell hardly shook the world with its Windows PDAs earlier this decade either.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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