Walt Mossberg, has pushed out his list of the best and worst reviewed products for 2010, and an Android device tops the charts for the most mediocre. According to Mossberg, the Dell Streak is "a tweener" that isn't big enough to be a successful tablet but is too large to be a smartphone. Android did show up in Mossberg's top gadget list, however, with the Samsung Galaxy S tied for third place with the iPhone 4.
WiFi certification. The Dell M02M is described as a smartphone with WiFi b/g/n, but the M02M product code is close to the M01M of the original 5-inch Streak. The new device could well be the "Looking Glass" 7-inch tablet, which Michael Dell whipped out briefly back in September and which was alluded to on case-manufacturer Vaja's site recently, or it might be the Dell Opus One. That's been described as the successor - Streak 2, if you prefer - to the original Streak, with a 5-inch higher-resolution panel and a dual-core CPU. [via Pocketnow]
Vaja. The Vaja product page now lists Dell Streak 5" & 7" as a category, though so far there's only a generic carry case for 7-inch tablets on offer. CEO Michael Dell brought the 7-inch tablet - also known by its Looking Glass codename - on stage back in September for a very brief demo, and shortly after the WSJ suggested the device would launch within mere weeks. That failed to transpire, however; hopefully Vaja's mention of the tablet means it's coming sooner rather than later. [via Streak Smart]
Android version of the Dell Venue Pro has been made official in Korea, with carrier KT Telecom announcing that the Dell Venue will arrive sometime this month. Priced at 700,000 won ($608), the Dell Venue runs Android 2.2 and has a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen. It also lacks the slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the Windows Phone 7 powered Venue Pro, but you do get a curved Gorilla Glass toughened screen. No word on other specifications, though we're guessing Dell will be a little more forthcoming now its first carrier partner has gone public. [gallery] [via SlashGear]
has announced that it is pushing out the OTA Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Dell Streak today, as promised earlier this week. The wireless update will begin later on in the day, and be a staggered roll-out; there's no public timescale from O2 as to how long the carrier expects before every device is updated. Froyo will bring with it performance updates together with a new UI for the Streak.
Streak can now be picked up for just $99.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement, undercutting its previous price by $150. The new deal is available through Best Buy (rather than from Dell direct) and includes free shipping. Both the black and white versions of the Streak are available in the deal, and if you've purchased a Streak from the retailer within the past thirty days, you can apparently call their 1-888-BEST-BUY number and they'll refund you the difference. [via Streak Smart]
has confirmed that the AT&T-locked Dell Streak won't get an Android 2.2 Froyo update until January 2011, lending legitimacy to the leaked emails tipping a January 12 release. According to the official Dell blog, "customers in the United States who own AT&T SIM-locked versions of the phone will hopefully begin seeing the Froyo update sometime next month." The delay in pushing out the release - which upgrades the Streak from its original Android 1.6 OS - is not fully explained, but Dell certainly implies it is to do with AT&T's involvement in the carrier-locked handset. The update for unlocked Streaks began rolling out last month.