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Join Date: Aug 2010
09-10-2010, 09:31 PM
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09-11-2010, 12:56 AM
What ever some may think Apple where far from being the first to offer and give new firmwares for their devices both Nokia with Symbian S60 and SE with UIQ as well as MS with WM were doing it long before there was even an iPhone in existence.
The main reason old devices don't always get the latest versions of the OS are usually more to do with the hardware and how long they have been in the market for as much as anything else. Its very easy for Apple to release firmwares updates as they have so few devices all running the same OS but even now after just a few years you are starting to see not all Apple products getting the latest firmware due to hardware.
It's a shame we are all getting dragged into 2yr contracts as in reality the upgrade cycle is a year or less but until early next year when the next generation of processors start appearing in devices our Streaks are at the top with the others nothing so far betters the processor or amount of Ram we have.
From what i have read and seen so far there is nothing that should stop us getting Gingerbread when it arrives after all this will be within a year of the Streak being launched and our hardware is up to the requirements. Also even counting the 2.1 release now it would still only be the 3rd update in that period of time and well within Dells ability to do. Especially as they are planning on being a major player in the smart phone market place it would be stupid of them not to offer great support and damage their image.
As for 7" and 10" tablets they are coming and are called Looking Glass and at last note are due around November as well as some other Android devices with smaller screens and a WM7 phone.
For me i would have to say the Streak is still the best device around by far I've been using a Galaxy S for 4 weeks now whilst awaiting a replacement Streak to arrive and i can tell you 2.1 is no big deal compared to our Streaks running 1.6 the battery life on the Streak is double that of the Galaxy and thats with a much bigger screen and the same size battery. Looking in System Panel on both devices shows I'm running and have more inactive programs on the Streak with the same set up as on the Galaxy and with more free Ram on the Streak to.
The Streak may not be perfect after all what device is but for me and for now its easily the best which i why i have it if it isn't for you fair enough choose what suits you best. There will never be just one device that is best for everyone it just not possible and is never going to happen.
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Wiltshire, UK
09-11-2010, 01:50 PM
What a great response - very considered and informative - thanks to everyone here for expanding my understanding.
I take on board that OS updates are not entirely new - and I suppose my original assertions may have been a bit clumsy in that regard.
I have formed the impression - rightly or wrongly - that Android as an OS is more complex to roll out for the handset makers than other offerings both past and new. For example, I would suspect that winMO was mostly a case of getting drivers to work and then MS$ would take care of the rest - and I know this is a huge simplification!! But in comparison to Android, I wonder if Window Phone 7 may be more akin to the desktop situation, where MS$ produces 99% of the OS and the vendor simply adds drivers to make their specific hardware work. In some cases, even the vendor specific hardware often has drivers made by MS$.
So, I am curious to know if Android is a heftier task for someone like Dell to adapt to their hardware compared to an OS like MS$ Windows Phone. The impression from MS$ is they are really not at all interested in letting the hardware vendor change the OS at all - even the UI is sacred. I assume this is to keep a clear line of demarcation between where the OS and MS$ responsibilities end and the vendors begin. This being the case, I wonder how long Dell and others are prepared to go the Android route before giving up and moving to Windows Phone 7 or the other one from Intel whose name escapes me at the moment! After all they are in this to make money - period. Having easier roll-outs and less resources needed to support the phone must be a big incentive to move.
I hope we do see Android 3 for the streak. The device is awesome and I adore it! It does everything I need it to do and, on the whole it does it really well. My last phone of the past 5 years was a HP Ipaq Messenger 6915 - winMo 5 with SPB Mobile shell - good for its age but compared to the streak it is clockwork!
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