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Dell is making an Android smartphone for AT&T (NYSE: T), the WSJ reported, citing unidentified sources. Dell’s smartphone would be based on Google’s Android software. The particular device, which is the computer company’s first in the highly competitive U.S. market, could be on sale by AT&T by early 2010, is similar to one that Dell began previewing in China two months ago. In June, Dell was said to be working on an Android-based device, but insisted it wasn’t a cell phone.
Nevertheless, Dell has been more aggressive about mobile since last spring, when it began showing carriers a device with a Windows Mobile operating system, in addition to an Android model. If the deal with AT&T goes through — both companies have refrained from commenting — this could finally pave the way for Dell’s entry into the mobile market. In the meantime, Dell is reportedly looking to other carriers besides AT&T as well and could have other agreements lined up by the end of the year.