First the Streak came in late and then there are many who feel the 5 inch smartphone tablet combo should have been more lucrative in its pricing. And if these weren’t enough, the Streak came pre-installed with the Android 1.6, while the world around it has already started to have fun with the latest 2.2 Froyo version of the popular Android operating system. It’s not that the Streak in its present form with the old Android 1.6 is a slouch but there is no denying the fact the Android 2.2 will make it even more of a zippy performer. Featurewise, the Android 2.2 is richer than the erstwhile 1.6 version that the Streaks now come bundled with.
This should come as a welcome relief to all those who are opting for the Streak as with 1.6 version pre-installed, many thought it would take ages to reach version 2.2 of the OS if Dell had opted to upgrade the OS incrementally and by the time they had caught up with the Froyo, the chubby green robot may have marched another few generation ahead.
Now to the bad news; Dell is yet to release any timeline by which we can expect the upgrade. So for now, it’s Android 1.6 that the Streak users will have to be content with. But when upgraded to the latest Android 2.2, the Streak will be a device to watch out for.
Not a direct competitor, but the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones already comes loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email