Next month the Dell Streak 7 tablet will start running Android Honey. It has been an unofficial option for a few months now. Now that Dell has made the announcement, this should bring much needed relief to all Streak 7 owners. The tablet, once optimized with Android Honeycomb, comes with a lot of enhancements which include a better display, as well as better battery life. Remember the Streak 7 that was pictured running Android Homeycomb alongside its bigger sibling, the Streak 10 Pro? Well, it is now certain the Streak 7 was running an official Honeycomb build and not just a custom ROM.
However, if all the above does sound sweet to the ears, what is sure to strike a jarring note to the owners of the 3G or 4G version of the Streak 7 is that these versions have been exempted from the Honeycomb update. Instead, only the Wi-Fi version of the Streak 7 will make that all important jump to Android Honeycomb. So while all owners of the Wi-Fi Streak 7 will be celebrating the onset of Android Honeycomb on their tablets next month, Dell has, for some strange reason, decided to keep 3G and 4G owners on a diet of Android Froyo. This, however, can be the perfect reason to fall back on the hacking community to make an unofficial change.
The Streak 7 could never set the sales charts on fire, though this might just be the spark that could eventually lead to that.
Dell Streak 5 journey comes to an end
An official reason for such a decision is missing, though it perhaps has a lot to do with it never being very popular. Another factor could be that it never had a fixed identity, caught as it is in between a smartphone and a proper tablet. A 5 inch display ensured it remained outside of the smartphone genre while the same also ensured it never got counted among tablet PCs that come with typically larger displays.
Also, neither the current Android 3.2 or the upcoming ICS could have made the most of the 5 inch display without making things even more awkward.
So as things stand now, there is the Streak 7 and the Streak 10 Pro that make up Dell’s tablet lineup while Streak 5 rides into oblivion almost a year after it first came into being.
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