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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.

Dell will not upgrade T-Mobile Streak 7 4G to Honeycomb

Well that just sucks. T-Mobile Streak 7 owners, I hope you like Froyo. While users of the unlocked 3G and WiFi variants of Dell's Streak 7 tablet are already seeing updates to the full tablet version of Android, T-Mobile customers will be stuck on Android 2.2 if they opt to stick with official software. Dell did not give a reason for their failure to send out an over-the-air update. Android users are more than familiar with long delays for current software, but this denial of service will sting just for T-Mobile users, who are apparently plain out of luck, while the rest of the Streak 7 userbase enjoys Android 3.2. The snub is probably because T-Mobile hasn't sold enough of the HSPA+ tablets to warrant the development time for an update - not that that makes the people who spent the most on the hardware (after two-year wireless service contracts) any happier. A port of Honeycomb from the other Streak 7 hardware is likely if I know the good folks at XDA, but that's not the point. It shouldn't have been necessary for users to hack their tablets to receive functionality that's been available in other tablets for the better part of a year already. This latest bit of news makes it more and more important to pay attention to the version of Android that's on a device you buy - neither the manufacturer nor the carrier has any obligation to upgrade the Android software within, and unless you're willing to throw your warranty out the window, you could be stuck.

Dell offers Android users app for shopping and support

Dell has announced a new app for Android users that will let Android fans access a bunch of features for support and to buy new products. The app is an extension of the Dell.com website and it is called the Dell Mobile App for Android. The app is on the Android Market right now for download. You can also download it directly from the Dell website at this link.

Sprinkle Optimized for Tegra Puzzle Game Review [Pre-Release Version]

This is a game that's all about water. This means there's gonna HAVE to be a lot of awesome physics action involved if it's going to hold any salt against or right alongside the utterly sweet Tegra 2 optimized game Riptide GP, a game which we've addressed more than just once. Everyone knows that Riptide has taken water physics to a new level. Sprinkle takes those physics and throws em all around and makes em work even BETTER than before. Not only will you be tossing water around like a pro, there's a PUZZLE GAME in this too.

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 10 Pro Android tablet launches in China

Dell has been spitting out some Android offerings for a while now and yesterday we spied a picture of one of its coming Streak 10 Android tablet. Today the tablet has gone official with a launch in China. The new tablet is called the Dell Streak 10 Pro, it is geared towards the pro looking for a tablet that will work for their home, and business lives.

Dell Streak 7 has Gingerbread Launcher Buried Under Honeycomb

While Ice Cream Sandwich may be the hero to unite the tablet and phone branches of Android that exist right now, it turns out there may have already been a less elegant fix in place. Owners of the Dell Streak 7 have confirmed that if they change certain what the screen's pixel density is listed as in the build.prop file, they are greeted not by Honeycomb's familiar holo theme, but a giant Gingerbread UI after a reboot.
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