The 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has finished up, and this year, no less than eleven smartphones were unveiled. All of these are going to be high-end models running Google's Android OS, and are going to trickle out over the first half of the year.
During a keynote address at the CES tradeshow, Steve Ballmer laid out some of his company's plans for Windows Phone 7. This smartphone operating system is going to get support for cut-and-paste and well as some performance improvements.
Instead of continuing to ride the fine line between smartphone and tablet as it did with the Streak, Dell picked a side and announced the Venue, an Android-based smartphone, at CES 2011.
There are many advantages for businesses in arming their employees with smartphones, but the process of deploying them requires careful planning or they can become a liability.
The next Consumer Electronics Show is coming in early January, and a number of new Android OS smartphones are expected to be unveiled at this gigantic tradeshow, and maybe a new version of the iPhone, too.
The current version of the Dell Venue Pro fully supports only T-Mobile's cellular network, but an upcoming version will work with AT&T. This will greatly increase the number of potential users of this high-end device running Windows Phone 7.
Those who pre-ordered the Dell Venue Pro online were supposed to be getting their smartphones now, but are instead getting notices that this Windows Phone won't be delivered until next month. The reason for this delay has not yet been revealed.
It was only a few weeks ago that Best Buy was selling the Streak for $250 -- which was $50 off of the standard subsidized price -- but now, the retailer has decided to practically give away Dell's tablet phone, and recently dropped the price down to $100 with a two-year contract with AT&T.
Users of the version of the Dell Streak that is SIM locked to AT&T are going to have to wait several more weeks to get an upgrade to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). Other versions have already received this upgrade, however.
Microsoft is going to add cut-and-paste functionality to Windows Phone 7 in an update that's expected to be released in January. This will supposedly be closely followed by a second update that could bring greater support for multi-tasking.
Android OS 2.3 has just been officially unveiled. Google's main goals in the next version of its operating system for smartphones were support for new types of communication and new multimedia formats, plus fostering games development.
Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. October's list includes new devices running the Android OS, Blackberry OS, and Windows Phone 7.
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