Dell Streak – Looking forward to Froyo

Updated on 14 October 2015 by

Dell Streak and Dock

At IFA this week we had a chance to talk to Dell Europe about the Streak. [Specifications and other information available here.] The main points of note were:

  • Streak is part of a portfolio of tablets. We should expect to hear about the next product before CES (Jan 2011)
  • The upgrade to Android 2.1 is planned for October
  • The upgrade to 2.2 (Froyo) is planned for November
  • The Wifi-only version is no longer planned

While 2.1 will be a nice jump it’s 2.2 that will bring the real changes. Not only are there good changes to apps, features and settings but there’s also 2 core differences to note. Firstly, Android 2.2 includes a new ‘just in time’ (JIT) compiler that speeds up Android applications considerably. Secondly, 2.2 is the first version of Android that includes optimisations for the ARM v7 architecture. That means that CPUs based on it (Cortex, Snapdragon etc.) operate more quickly and efficiently.

Froyo (Android V2.2) on the Dell Streak will be a second- for the device and if Dell sneak in a little price drop you’ve got to consider this as one of the best mini tablets going. We’ve requested a review sample for testing when 2.2 is available so stay tuned.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Mike Cane says:

    You make my head spin. First you’re all Archos 43, now you’re all Streak — which doesn’t even have 2.1 like the 43!!

  2. HTC HD3 says:

    HTC’s going to be revealing a new Windows Phone 7 device (http://www.i4u.com/38909/htc-hd3-leaks-confirmed).

    -4.5 inch AMOLED screen
    -Dual core 1.5 GHz CPU
    -1 GB of RAM
    -WiFi, 4G
    -32 GB of Storage
    -8 MP camera with dual-LED flashes

    If Windows Phone 7 can provide software support for excellent video playback then I’d get it for a portable internet device and media player.

  3. Peter says:

    What I really want is a Wifi only Streak. The streak is the nicest 5″ Android MID, but the price is ridiculous if you aren’t interested in a Phone.

    Wifi only and about $250-$300 and I would get one.

  4. Sahana says:

    are the difference in 2.2 noticeable in reality or just benchmarks?

  5. chippy says:

    Yes, it will be very noticeable. UI will be faster, web browsing about 20% quicker. Many apps will run a lot quicker too.

  6. ArchiMark says:

    Have had my US Streak for a few weeks now and very happy with it.

    Good build quality and performance, very nice slim and trim device….

    Even better after I rooted it and installed UK O2 2.1 ROM….

    ;)

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