The Dell Streak debuted with Android OS 1.6, but Dell has committed to releasing Android OS 2.2 for it before too much longer. This upgrade will bring a significant collection of new features.
According to a post in Dell’s official Streak support forums:
I know many of you have requested that we publish specific dates for Android OS updates; however, because there are so many variables (some outside of our control), we cannot make a specific commitment other than we will be publishing 2.2 by the end of this year to all of our Dell Streak customers. I can tell you that our target date is NOT December 31st. In fact, the over-the-air update to 2.2 is target date is much sooner than that.
Recently, Dell introduced Android OS 2.1 for the version of the Streak offered by the European carrier O2. This week, the company said that it is putting all its efforts into the OS 2.2 upgrade, ending all work on the 2.1 upgrade.
New in Android OS 2.2 (Froyo)
The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system — code-named Froyo — is required for devices to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which allows the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
The base version of Android OS 2.2 includes tethering and portable hotspot software, allowing it to share its 3G Internet connection with other devices over a Wi-Fi connection. At this point, it’s not clear whether the Streak will get this feature or not.
Because this tablet phone is apparently making the jump from 1.6, it’s also getting the improvements that were part of versions 2.0 and 2.1. This includes much greater support for speech-to-text and multi-touch, built-in support for synchronizing with a Microsoft Exchange Server, and many other enhancements.
Overview of the Dell Streak
The design for Dell’s tablet phone is centered around its 5-inch, WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) capacitive touchscreen. This device has a slim tablet shape and its casing comes in one color: black.
In addition to support for AT&T’s voice and 3G service, this device sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. plus a GPS receiver.
It comes with 16 GB of storage in the form of a removable microSD memory card. Users have the option of switching this out for a 32 GB card.
The Streak includes a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on its back, and a front-facing one for video conferencing. In addition, it has a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Overall, the Dell Streak is 6 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.4 inches (153 mm x 79 mm x 10 mm).