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Dell rumored to restart its Windows Mobile business

Rumors are flying that Dell intends to restart its program to release smartphones and handheld devices that utilize the Windows Mobile operating system.

This article originally appeared on Brighthand.com.

Rumors are flying that Dell intends to restart its program to release smartphones and handheld devices that utilize the Windows Mobile operating system. Additionally these devices might feature GPS.

If a recent report is correct, Dell will soon be releasing handhelds and smartphones running Windows Mobile.

In the early part of this decade, Dell was a major player in the handheld computer market with its Axim series. However, the company dropped out as interest in traditional handhelds waned and the market switched to smartphones.

Since that time, there have been unconfirmed but persistent reports that Dell is prepping a smartphone, especially after it hired Ron Garriques, a former Motorola executive, to be the head of its consumer group.

According to DigiTimes -- which cites unnamed "market sources in Taiwan" -- Dell began ramping up its mobile device plans shortly after it hired Garriques.

It is reportedly prepping both GPS-enabled traditional handhelds and smartphones, both running Windows Mobile.

The company is supposedly teaming up with Foxconn Electronics (aka Hon Hai Precision Industry) to design and manufacture these products.

The DigiTimes report does not say when Dell's new mobile devices are expected to be released.

What about Android?
Earlier this year, an unconfirmed report indicated that Dell is working on a smartphone running Google's upcoming Android operating system.

It is not known at this time if this most recent report means that the earlier one was incorrect, or if Dell plans to use both Android and Windows Mobile in its smartphones.

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