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Smartphone Prospects Are Encouraging New Handset Makers To Enter The Market

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) must be making the cellphone business look too easy. With the company on track to sell 10 million iPhones this year — after only launching the device in July — it seems a number of other companies are willing to give it a shot. This week, two new companies are rumored to be entering the market with details about two other handset manufacturers making phones based on the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android operating system.

— Dell is planning to develop a Windows Mobile handset with the help of Foxconn Electronics, according DigiTimes. The report said Dell has been reorganizing its team for handheld devices since it hired Ron Garriques, Motorola’s (NYSE: MOT) former mobile devices EVP last year. Foxconn is also reportedly recruiting talent from other Taiwan-based handset makers in preparation for accepting orders from Dell.

— Velocity Mobile, based in Seattle and London, and Inventec, a Taiwanese original design manufacturer, are expected to launch a new smartphone at CTIA in a couple of weeks, reports RCR. Inventec reported more than $11 billion in revenue in 2007 and claims to be the world