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White Dell Streak pictured as Best Buy exclusivity begins

Best Buy's exclusive white Dell Streak has been caught in the wild, with Jenn of StreakSmart rushing down to the store to pick up the new color variant. Ostensibly the same hardware as the black Streak already available in the US, the new model puts the hybrid MID/smartphone's 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 5-inch WVGA display into a "smooth silvery-white" chassis with "a touch of shimmer to it." While you can reserve one online for in-store pickup - priced at $299.99 - it's not yes possible to order online for home delivery. Interestingly, it's only the back and side panels that have been changed; the front controls are still black.

2nd-Gen Dell Streak “Opus One” due March 2011 with high-res screen & dual-core CPU?

Dell's second-generation Streak is on track for release in March 2011, according to details purportedly leaked from an internal presentation, and is currently being developed under the codename Opus One. According to StreakSmart's anonymous source, the Dell Opus One will keep the 5-inch screen size of the original Streak, but use a higher-resolution panel running at around 1280 x 800. It's also tipped to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, perhaps from Qualcomm's new Snapdragon range. Strangely, "Opus One" was the internal codename Motorola gave the Android smartphone that eventually became the Motorola i1.

Dell’s Stage User Interface Now Available for Devices with Android 2.2

One of the better aspects of Android, at least in a few people's eyes, is that there's a different user experience from handset manufacturer to handset manufacturer. And, if you happen to really like one, there's a chance that it may just appear on your device some day in the future. In the case of Dell's Stage User Interface, if you've got yourself an Android 2.2-based device, it looks like you will only have to do a few tweaks to get this new User Interface on your handset.

Dell CEO praises Windows Phone 7 development ease over Android

Dell CEO Michael Dell has apparently claimed that his company's engineers are finding it easier to develop Windows Phone 7 smartphones than they are handsets using Android.  Speaking at an event in Hong Kong, Dell dropped the developer tidbit in among news that the company plans to push out a number of new tablets in 2011. It's unclear how that tallies with previous word from the company that a 7-inch Android tablet was coming in just a few weeks time, a timescale that would make the device imminent. [via Engadget]

Dell Venue Pro Coming in Android Flavor in the Future

So, the handsets that would be bringing Windows Phone 7 into the world were announced not too long ago, and out of the plethora of handsets that were uncovered, it was Dell's Venue Pro that got a few more glances. Perhaps it's because the device is a portrait slider, or that it has a beautiful touchscreen display hiding the full physical QWERTY keyboard. Whatever the reason, it's a device that plenty of people want, even if they don't want Windows Phone 7. Good news, then, as apparently Dell has every intention of launching the device in the future, with Android.

Froyo officially coming to the Dell Streak soon, 2.1 Update halted

The Dell streak only recently got it’s own 2.1 build and now Dell has announced that it will be skipping 2.1 in the United States to focus solely on 2.2 Froyo. While this does mean that Streak users will be missing out on 2.1 features over it’s currently equipped 1.6, the direct update to 2.2 will be highly worth the few days/weeks without Eclair. We have heard that 2.2 on the Streak will be available before years end, but with halting 2.1 preparation we can expect that we will see it even earlier than expected. With Gingerbread coming up quickly device manufacturers will have to push out update quickly before they get too far behind. Official Announcement Via Dell "Hi Folks, Due to resources and commitments to get our global customers the 2.2/Froyo update by the end of the year, we will not be publishing another version of 2.1 nor will we be pushing out 2.1 to additional customers. 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. Please stay tuned here to the Mobile Devices Forum board announcements or follow @DellCares on Twitter for more information. Thanks again for your feedback, Amy" [Via Dell Support Forums]

Dell “commit” to Streak 2.2 update by end of 2010; no more Android 2.1 OTAs

Dell has reconfirmed its plans to push out an Android 2.2 ROM for the Dell Streak before the end of 2010, but with its free engineers all working on Froyo it doesn't mean there won't be any further Android 2.1 releases in the intervening period.  It also means that no further customers will get the Android 2.1 update as a pushed OTA update.
"Due to resources and commitments to get our global customers the 2.2/Froyo update by the end of the year, we will not be publishing another version of 2.1 nor will we be pushing out 2.1 to additional customers. 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."
Dell aren't talking specific target dates, but do expect Froyo to be released "much sooner" than December 31st. [via Streak Smart]

Dell Streak Froyo Beta ROM available now

A Froyo ROM for the Dell Streak, currently in beta, is now available to download via a somewhat lengthy process. Everything is working, and there are a few bugs like the Streak randomly rebooting, or 3G data problems after switching off WiFi. However for a beta in the early stages of a Froyo ROM this is very impressive. The process is pretty detailed and lengthy and requires updating the baseband. Don’t be too concerned, this is all taken care of by a program made by Qualcomm so, in theory, it is safe. However, as with all rooting, nothing is 100% safe and you will need to try it at your own risk. You can check out the instructions for download over at Android @ Modaco
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