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Android Update: Samsung's Bigfoot, Dell's smartphone


Android speculation is running rampant in the blogosphere today with Dell, T-Mobile and Samsung leading the way in terms of release rumors.

First, we're seeing what may be an early look at Dell's first Android handset, courtesy of [Brighthand](http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=15331&news=Dell+Google+Android+Phone), boasting a Dell logo. And second, the Boy Genius is showing a glimpse of what may be T-Mobile's second Anroid release ��� rumored to be Samsung's "Bigfoot," rather than HTC's G1 update.

Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, confirmed Dell's smartphone plans a few months ago, though naturally, no other details on pricing, carriers or release dates are available right now.

"Well, if [Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo] says that the telephone is the future of computing, then, you know, we're in the computer business, so I guess we must be in the phone business," according to Dell, in an interview with Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, at a luncheon hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council in February.

It is still not known exactly when Dell plans on delivering its new smartphones.

Back in March, an analyst reported that Dell's smartphone plans hit a snag. According to Shaw Wu, a research analyst at Kaufman Bros., both Windows Mobile and Android-run smartphone prototypes failed to wow carriers, as [we reported at the time](/hardware/article.php/3811746).

Meanwhile, [The Boy Genius blog](http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/06/11/t-mobiles-samsung-bigfoot/) is saying it received an anonymous photo of the next T-Mobile Android smartphone -- claiming it is Samsung's Bigfoot and that it���s launching 'really, really soon' this summer.

(photo: courtesy of Brighthand)