O2 has apparently confirmed that it will be releasing the Android 2.1 Eclair update for the Dell Streak later this week, with the scheduled September launch of the new firmware taking place on Wednesday 1st. A bridging release while Dell polish their Android 2.2 Froyo build for the Streak, according to The Really Mobile Project Android 2.1 brings 720p HD video recording, live wallpaper support, native multitouch and speed boosts, among other things.
After the discovery that, beyond a few apparently unconnected wires, the Dell Streak's seemingly proprietary charging/docking port is in fact a PDMI connector, John from Linuxslate took it on himself to mod a suitable miniUSB adapter dongle. It's crafted from an original Dell USB charge/sync cable and, for the housing, the USB cable clip Dell supply.
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Dell's choice of an apparently proprietary connector for its Streak was one of the notable frustrations in our review of the Android MID, but it turns out not everything about the port is non-standard. Owners over at the Pocketables forum have been digging through the specifications and even doing pin-to-pin testing of the Streak's HDMI dock, and have discovered it pretty much matches the PDMI standard. The discovery opens up the possibility of cheaper third-party USB cables than Dell's own $19.99 accessory, together with other potential hacks.
Friday the 13th is traditionally an ominous day, but if you've been holding out for Dell's US-version of the Streak Android MID then it's the day you can slap a few hundred dollars on your credit card. Freshly up for sale, the 5-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid is priced at $549.99 SIM-free or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement. Meanwhile the Streak accessories are also available, including the $39.99 Car Dock and $69.99 Home AV Dock (complete with HDMI output).
Here in the United States, if you buy a device without a contract, even if it's on a GSM-based network (like AT&T), it's still going to be locked to the carrier. That's something that's not necessarily a new thing around these parts. Buying it off contract means just that: no contract. However, all over the world, buying a device without the contract tying it down, or lowering its price, usually (sometimes) means that you get it unlocked, and therefore can use it wherever you want, without the trouble of being locked to any one particular carrier. If, for some reason, you were expecting to get that latter deal with the Dell Streak, which goes for $549 san contract, you'll be disappointed.
The Dell Streak's details haven't necessarily been all that hidden over the last few months. In fact, we even had plenty of hands-on time with the device to get a review up. But, one of the missing aspects of the device, as far as the US-based release goes, was the price, and the availability date for the launch on AT&T. But, that's all been taken care of now, thanks to official word from Dell.
Dell's Streak Android MID has gained a sparsely-detailed Amazon product page, but it looks like someone at the retailer has got confused over where exactly the slate has come from. Amazon reckons it's Samsung that makes the Streak, but we'd be more interested to hear their pricing for the handset; Dell are yet to confirm their pricing, though a previous leak tipped a $550 SIM-free figure or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement.
We all know the Dell Streak is coming to AT&T, we just don't know exactly when, quite yet. But, for a few lucky individuals out there, who happened to be included in Dell's beta tests of the Mobile Internet Device (MID), they've been able to use the device to their heart's contents for a little while now. Handed out in Austin, Texas, the users were supposed to test the device as they would any other, and apparently they were going to be able to keep them after the tests completed.
Looks like whoever's running Dell's servers needs to drink less coffee. After first announcing that the 5-inch Dell Streak Android tablet would go on sale today - and then telling us that it was a mistake caused by some "site tests" - the company then revealed pricing in a new blog post, only to yank that. Unfortunately, once something is out on the internet it's tough to get it back in, and so we now have a pretty good idea that the Streak will cost $549.99 from Dell themselves, unlocked and contract-free, or $299.99 from AT&T with a new, two-year agreement.