Dell Streak

One of the disappointing aspects of the Dell Streak is that it initially comes with Android 1.6. (The most disappointing aspect is that those of us outside Europe still can't get one.) Even though Dell has promised that the upgrade to Froyo will come quickly, those who have become familiar with 2.1 have a difficult time going back. 

Dell has announced however, that it be upgrading to 2.1 early next month to satisfy customers until they are able to roll out 2.2. The Streak is much improved with 2.1, as Engadget recently demonstrated.

First off, the camera will be capable of capturing 720p video, which is a very welcome improvement. Secondly, the default keyboard on the device is greatly improved. From the time testers were able to try out the Streak, the on-screen keyboard has been one of the biggest annoyances. Dell has removed the numpad and caps lock keys, which has improved the experience dramatically. Multi-touch is still missing, which would be a nice feature, but we can't get everything at once. 

One of my favorite apps on the Nexus One has been the Gallery app, which integrates with Picasa. With 2.1, the Dell Streak will now use that as the default app for pictures. I think it's one of the best integrated features of Android and it's too bad when OEMs or carriers replace it with something else. Streak owners will be happy to know that they can enjoy seamless Picasa integration. 

Another feature that will come with Eclair is pinch and zoom with Google Maps, which is a nifty improvement. 

Android 2.1 will bring other improvements as well; to see those, visit the link at the end. It's a great sign that Dell is committed to their device and seems to be listening to its customer base. Let's hope that continues to be the way they handle their Android handsets in the future. [Engadget]


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Android 2.1 on the Dell Streak brings many improvements


EARLY NEXT MONTH? for 2.1? . . . lol So when will 2.2 come? Dell needs to understand(just as HTC and MOTO has) that if you don't have the LATEST we don't WANT IT

Thats the mentality of a an Android buyer. You gotta PUSH!... Just look how much faster 2.2 came for the EVO(1month!) compared to the 6month wait for 2.1 on the HERO (Sprint + HTC)...

I have to ask, (because I'm not a Dev)...

Coming from 1.6, why would it be easier to gin up 2.1 than it would be to produce 2.2?

Why would they even waste time on 2.1?

dell = fail

Everybody else is rolling out 2.2 or has already and these guys are updating to 2.1 next month. What a joke of a company, plus it looks like it's missing a lot of features that other android phones offer. They should just keep this crap in Europe.

i can not believe they have not got multi-touch to work i brought this thing expecting to be able all this and it useless and the 2.2 update will probably come out when there everyone else is rolling out android 3.0 i should of brought the Samsung galaxy s like i was going to last time i buy a dell anything unless they get there act together pretty quick if anybody is thinking about buying i recommend waiting untill its got froyo otherwise is useless you cant play games no multi-touch and can use internet properly no flash and accessories are so expensive you have to take out a second mortgage what a load of CRAP


"Multi-touch is still missing, which would be a nice feature, but we can't get everything at once."

That is NOT what Engadget said.

The only group to actually get this to play with is:
The ONLY place the whine about multi touch is the keyboard lacking it, a pretty worthless complaint honestly.
Then they give Dell kudos for getting multi touch to work with Google Maps, also not too on top of it given that it is Google that did that and it was going to work anyway as long as the API hadn't been disabled.
It appears that the original reviewer never said ANYTHING about multi touch being disabled and Sean incorrectly paraphrased him here at Android Central creating much ado about nothing.

In Android 2.0 and up multi touch is an API specification:
(see MotionEvent)

Unless Dell disables this then other applications that support multi touch will also be able to use this API to provide their own support for this feature (that's how these things work).

Relax people, if the app supports it the app will use it.
And please, do take the time to learn about the API's before getting up in arms about what someone else tells you is not there.

Yeah, and what if it rains cheese?
The fact that Google Maps works with multi touch is pretty much proof that the API is available, I am sure Dell did not hack that into it as they did with webkit on 1.6 so that means that they installed the Google release for 2.x and it is using the API.
All of this has already been explained for you over at Modaco, changing forums so you can continue to be mad about nothing at all is pretty juvenile.

Like I said over there (after you changed your anger target from multi touch to 1.6) you just seem to have some kind of serious need to be mad about something today and it doesn't matter if you are completely wrong about it while you rant and rage about nothing.

Read the Engadget article, this rehash Sean wrote is spreading misinformation and creating FUD.

Thanks Sean.