Google seems to be having quite a difficult time keeping every Android
user on the same upgrade path. Some devices are still shipping with
version 1.6, and carriers can't seem to sync up their Android 2.2
"Froyo" rollouts. Everyone seems to be using a different version, making
it difficult for developers to know which version they should cater to.
is an oddball device to begin with. It's too big to be
considered a "smart phone," yet too small to be a full-scale tablet. But
it's not too odd for Froyo
. Dell has stated that they will begin the
Android 2.2 push "in a matter of weeks," which will be a huge upgrade
over the version 1.6 that it ships with. Steve Felice, president of the
Global Consumer, Small and Medium
Business division, had this to say: "The company will start shipping
Streaks with Android 2.2 very soon, and
the OS will be pushed down to existing users as an upgrade in a matter
of weeks. We wanted to get the product to market, we weren't ready for
2.2, so we
went ahead. Maybe we should have waited. But we're getting caught up
But the Streak's v2.2 won't be your typical version 2.2. Dell has built a
unique user interface into the Froyo build for Streak, called Stage.
This is meant to make it easier for users to find/launch apps as well as
other content, and it will support finger scrolling for faster
browsing. Hold tight Streak owners, your Froyo is coming soon.