Dell has just introduced its Android based smartphone to the U.S. The Dell Aero was previously released in China and Brazil late last year. The Aero weighs less than 4 ounces, making it the lightest of all Android smartphones. It has a 3.5 inch screen with 640 x 360 resolution pixels and a 5-megapixel camera with 8x zoom. The Dell’s first Android is currently only available online and sells for 100 dollars with a 2 year plan from AT&T or 300 without. This phone runs on a custom version of the operating system Android 1.5, not the newer Android 2.1. It is pre-installed with Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, and Facebook. Other features provided include Wi-Fi access and Bluetooth. A headset for making calls and listening to music comes with the phone along with a 2GB MicroSD memory card.
It is not surprising that Dell would want to get into the U.S. Android market: 33% of all smartphones purchased in this country run off of Android. And that number will continue to rise over the next few years.