Dell Streak

Dell exits the US smartphone market for good

In what's now more or less a formality, a Dell spokesman told PC World that the company has no intention of producing more smartphones for the United States market. While a few of its Android devices like the 5-inch Dell Streak gained some notoriety, the Venue line and others never caught on in Dell's home country, at least not enough to make them profitable. Dell is continuing to produce and sell smartphones in India and some Asian territories. The last we heard, Dell had partnered with Chinese search engine Baidu for a special edition of the Streak Pro.

Dell partners with Chinese search engine Baidu for Streak Pro

Dell's American Android ambitions may have soured after lackluster sales of the Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets, but it's more than willing to take advantage of the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Since Google's ubiquitous presence isn't nearly as ubiquitous across the Pacific, it's partnering with search engine Baidu to deliver services to their latest creation, the Streak Pro. The phone will use the Baidu Yi platform, a fork of Gingerbread's open-source code that remains compatible with Android apps. Dell has effectively ended its Android products in America after it stopped selling the Streak 7 tablet through T-Mobile earlier this month.

Department of Defense approves Dell Streak 5 for high-security networks

Better late than never, I suppose. The United States Department of Defense had added its first Android device to its list of officially supported handsets and tablets: the 5-inch Dell Streak. The phone/tablet made it through an extensive gauntlet of testing for security and comparability, performed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). This means that DOD employee and contractors will be able to use the Dell Streak, now almost 18 months out from its initial release, to conduct their business around the world.

Sharp AQUOS 104SH will run Ice Cream Sandwich for Softbank, among others

The first officially-announced phone we've seen set to run Android version Ice Cream Sandwich will be Sharp's AQUOS 104SH, slated for Japanese carrier Softbank. Details on the new device were announced by Softbank, along with other handsets from Sharp, Panasonic and Dell. The 104SH is definitely the pick of the litter, with a 4.5-nch 1280 x 720 screen, 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 CPU, a 12.1-megapixel camera and a IPX5/IPX7 water resistance rating. Pricing on the new phone wasn't announced, but Softbank is aiming for a Spring 2012 release window.

Dell Streak 5 axed

Dell has quietly killed the Streak 5, its 5-inch Android tablet/smartphone hybrid. Confirmed on the company's site - with the message "Goodbye, Streak 5. It's been a great ride" - the decision follows various discounting drives on the tablet as well as stock shortages. The Streak 5 was already over a year old, having been initially released in the UK on June 4 2010. It arrived with Android 1.6, which Dell had reskinned, but was later - and after some delays - upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. Despite vocal support from a minority subset of users, the Streak 5 failed to achieve mainstream success, perhaps because of its "tweener" scale - falling in-between a phone, the functionality of which it offered, and a tablet - and non-tablet-centric OS. Dell still offers the Streak 7, it's 7-inch slate, and is expected to release further Android tablets in the near future. They will likely run Honeycomb, Google's tablet-specific OS, rather than the phone build that the Streak relied on. [via SlashGear]

Dell Streak for under £200 on Swarm for limited time

If you like the idea of the Dell Streak 7 tablet, but you want something a bit smaller and easier to stick in the pocket the Streak 5 might be perfect. If you want that Streak 5 at a bargain price, you need to check out the deal that Dell has going on its Swarm site right now. The Swarm site list the Streak 5 at about half price selling for £199.50 assuming enough people agree to buy. The catch is there are only 82 of them left at the time I wrote this.

Dell Streak Pro detailed: 10-inch Honeycomb tablet for June

New details on Dell's rumored 10-inch tablet have emerged, suggesting that contrary to original reports, the Dell Streak Pro will, indeed, run Honeycomb. According to Tweakers' sources, the Streak Pro packs a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM into its 261 x 176.4 x 12.9 mm, 720g frame, along with dual microphones and twin cameras. That's 5-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels up-front, matched with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage (and an SDHC memory card reader). The 10-inch display runs at 1280 x 800, and there's WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and the possibility of AT&T 4G LTE support. Dell will apparently offer different black, pink, blue or red skins for the slate, which has a brushed aluminum back panel. Accessories will include a media dock, in-care charging adapter, a "productivity" dock and a folding cover with integrated keyboard. Dell's Stage 2.0 software will be preloaded. The Dell Streak Pro is expected to go on sale in June.

Dell 10″ Android Tablet coming this summer?

Recently Dell has been hard at work trying to get a piece of the mobile market. They have released a few phones like the Dell Venue, and tablet/phone like the Streak 5. Lately we have been hearing a few different things regarding what their plans are. According to a recent report by Forbes, Dell has plans to release a un-named 10" Android tablet sometime this summer, ahead of the Windows 7 Tablet we have also been hearing about.
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