This corresponds well with new reports coming from the Taiwanese manufacturing industry. Hon Hai Precision Industry property Foxconn Electronics has reportedly been hiring top talent in anticipation of receiving manufacturing orders from Dell. Foxconn already is a key player in Dell's computer-making business. The orders will include handheld devices such as smartphones, PDAs, and GPS equipment.
Yet more sources indicate that Dell has kick-started its efforts in the wake of competitor Asus' recent acquisition of Taiwan-based E-Ten, a manufacturer of Windows Mobile smartphones. Whether or not that's the case, Dell needs to patch this hole in its line-up. Though HP's revamped Windows Mobile devices have yet to make any sort of impact in the market, at least they're there. With new smartphones hitting the market in recent months from many of Dell's competitors, Dell is in danger of losing relevance in this market altogether. Too bad that Dell recently passed on the idea of buying into the market by not acquiring Motorola's handset division.
The one shame is that it appears that partnering with the Open Handset Alliance and crafting an Android-based smartphone is off the table for now. Depending on what Dell's real strategy concerning the smartphone market truly is, let's hope it revisits this decision in the months to come.