A press release from mobile software firm Bsquare reveals Dell is working on a netbook based on the Google Android platform:
Bsquare's press release is up on MarketWire, and its title leaves little to the imagination: "Bsquare to Port Adobe Flash Lite on New Google Android Netbook for Dell." The document mentions a port of Adobe Flash Lite 3.17 to "Dell Netbooks running Google's Android platform," which apparently include the "Mini Inspiron 910"—a likely reference to the Inspiron Mini 9.
Right now, the cheapest flavor of the Mini 9 comes with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 and costs $279. That's not too far off the aforementioned Chinese firm's $250 target, except the Dell system has an Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8.9" display.