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Exclusive: New photos and details of official Froyo update for Dell Streak

Streak-official-froyo-beta (1) Following up on yesterday's news about the Stage widgets that will included in the official Android 2.2 update for the Dell Streak, I've just received a bunch of new photos and some juicy details from my favorite anonymous tipster.

The build is still in beta, but it looks to be in pretty final form in terms of features. What's going on behind the scenes now seems focused on finding, reporting, and fixing bugs. So although there could still be changes made to the final build (this one, as you can see from the photo, is numbered 10688), my tipster gets the feeling that what's circulating now is very close to being done. Considering that the update is expected to be released this month, I'd say that makes sense.

I know that those of you who are running DJ_Steve's Froyo on their Streaks are probably wondering whether the official update will be worth checking out for yourself. Based on benchmarks I've received, the answer so far looks to be yes.

Benchmarks aren't everything, of course, and custom ROMs are almost always superior to a stock ROM, but the official beta build actually outperformed the unofficial build in both Linpack and Neocore:

  • 32.331 MFLOPS (on my Streak with DJ_Steve's Froyo V1.1, I got 30.33MFLOPS)
  • 34.5 fps (on my Streak with DJ_Steve's Froyo V1.1, I got 31.2 fps)

The difference in scores is incredibly minor, so it's not really about which one scored better. What's important here is that the benchmarks from both builds are really on the same level. So while it still remains to be seen which one is faster/smoother in day-to-day usage, the benchmark battle currently ends in a stalemate.

[Update 11.3: I've been informed by DJ_Steve that his build gets between 1300-1500 in Quadrant, while Dell's build gets around 670. For what it's worth, Quadrant always crashes for me on Steve's build and my source says it crashes on the official build too.]

Now let's get to the pics:

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Other noteworthy tidbits about this beta build:

  • Swype is included as the default keyboard.
  • Home screen portrait mode is supported.
  • Stage widgets automatically resize according to orientation.
  • Front-facing camera works, both still and video, in all apps (not just Fring).
  • There's no evidence of Dell's custom skin in this build (e.g., custom taskbar, black boxes around icons, etc.), but that doesn't mean it won't be added to the release version.
  • The baseband of the Streak running this beta build indicates that it's an unlocked unit. Don't read anything into this. The only thing it confirms is that Dell is using at least one unlocked unit for testing, and I'm pretty sure we all knew that.

Thanks, anonymous tipster!

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38 thoughts on “Exclusive: New photos and details of official Froyo update for Dell Streak

  • It’s looking pretty sweet so far, isn’t it?

    I’m waiting for more info about whether Universal Androot still works. I was initially told that it doesn’t, but I’m not sure if the person knew that the app always fails the first time. Will keep everyone posted.

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  • Avatar of tim bo

    What about the battery life time compered to offical 1.6 and Steves 2.2 ? After performance thats the important question because with steves 2.2 its not so good like in stock 1.6 .

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  • Avatar of jdmnash

    *double fist pump

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  • Avatar of jdmnash

    Is 1080p video implied? Surely that’s a given, right?

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  • Avatar of Luis Ojeda

    Jenn you are amazing! This looks awesome!

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  • Avatar of HAKEEM WALKER

    FINALLY PORTRAIT MODE!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  • Avatar of turn.self.off

    The ui look more android like then i recall it being back at release.

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  • Avatar of The Jack of Clubs

    it looks like they ditched their custom launcher and went for the default google froyo launcher. which is good and bad. i actually liked the dell one, but it was too much effort. if you wanted a different launcher or to make it do something different that you wanted, you had to have two launchers on screen. im nice and excited about the portrait orientation support on homescreen. ive decided after 3 months, i dont like it always switching to landscape, its just not natural for a phone. and the new dell stage widgets look nice enough. i also recently found debug.sf.hw=0 in /system/build.prop. for some reason its set to 0 when it should be 1. having it set to that renders the ui with the gpu, freeing up the cpu to make the phone so much faster. im wondering if they changed that to 1 in the new build. also, any chance of getting this build leaked? :)

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  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Dell’s custom launcher made it into the final build. It seems strange that they would just completely ditch it, especially with Stage not having to be used, but we’ll see!

    I’m hoping for a leak too. :-)

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  • Not overly excited about this as SlideIT which is very similar to SWYPE was already available for free :)

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  • ADW Launcher already did it in stock 1.6 :)

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  • Nice on Jenn! Have been awaiting the official 2.2 for ages ;)

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  • Avatar of The Jack of Clubs

    yeah, i find it somewhat hard to believe they would ditch it too, but i wouldnt be that surprised. their launcher only really works in landscape. you cant see the clock and the button for the launcher is a bit thin and the notifications are hard to view with the lack of roll down. if they are planning to give portrait support to those stage widgets, which as complete as they look for portrait i thinking they are, then that launcher just wont work. and theres nothing wrong with the google launcher or notifications anyways.

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  • Can you needle your source to check on the radio?

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  • Avatar of The Jack of Clubs

    oh yeah! radio showed up in emlist and it actually worked. that would be a nice added feature. and i betchya dell doesnt include it.

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  • Very interesting. I probably will stay at 1.6 and upgrade to 2.2 when it becomes official. My concern with DJ_Steve’s ROM is the it changes the baseband from AT&T (31) to O2 (21). This might (repeat might) prevent using an official US update. Also, I found that my Streak would not connect to my AT&T MicroCell when I was on baseband 21, but would when I reverted to 31. That’s my concern anyway.

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  • Avatar of dzuest

    That’s a really good question. Right now i’m getting 30+ hours to a charge… Sound ridiculous? It is. I’m amazed myself and that’s with regular usage; texting, web, phone calls, a few map look-ups etc.
    When i first got the phone i wasn’t really doing much on it because i was getting slammed at work. The first full charge i put through it lasted 47 hours!!! I showed that to a friend at work who has a Captivate and he was floored.

    Now that i’m doing more stuff on this beauty my charges are only lasting in that 30-35 hour range. Still great if you ask me. So i for one am hoping this update doesn’t hit my battery too hard, but i’ll take some to get more goodies; pinch-to-zoom, rotating home screen, etc.

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  • Avatar of dzuest

    I’m glad they’re doing this. The captivate i had had Swype as an optional keyboard. I put it on and i LOVED it.

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  • Avatar of dzuest

    +1 This site is my first click for any Streak news. You’re always on top of this stuff Jen. And it seems you’ve made a really nice anonymous friend as well. That’s a great bonus!

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  • Thanks for all your work, Jenn

    I’m getting excited. It looks sweet!

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  • I prefer the old UI.

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  • Avatar of Rapenzie

    Same question here. With a 5.0MP camera, not having HD recording is just bad.

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  • got 65 hours outa my streak on the 6941 2.1 release once and regularly got 60 hours

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  • Ditto! Game changing tool with regards to texting

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  • I am glad to see that Dell seems to be finally bringing the Streak to the version it should have originally shipped with.
    What I keep wondering is:
    Considering how long it took Dell to put 2.1 and 2.2 on this device, is this going to be the last official update for the Streak?
    However, now that Dell has some experience with Android, is there hope that Gingerbread will ever be official on the device?

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  • Mugen Power 1800mAh Extended Battery for Dell Streak is available for $40. It’s the same size and gives you some more battery power. The battery that comes with the Streak is around 1530mAh. Mugen also makes a 4800mAh battery, but it sticks out and doubles the thickness of the device. Not for me, but I might get the 1800 version.

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  • True, but it’s not quite 100% portrait, and heard it’s a little buggy. Still the best option until 2.2 gets here. There are still some cases where it’s still locked to landscape. I think the youtube app is not visible in portrait.

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  • I totally agree. Huge sigh of relief. :)

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  • I think Dell will aggressively continue to update the Streak and the bigger upcoming tablets next year. Especially since Gingerbread is said to be the first version to be officially authorized to use on tablets.

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  • Much as i’d like to see gingerbread, I have a feeling this will be the last update from dell for the streak.

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  • Avatar of Fone_Fanatic

    I don’t trust mugen’s battery mah claims… Had 3 of their batteries that were the size of stock battery with additional mah and stock batteries always outperformed mugens…

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  • Avatar of Motorcityjoe

    Last “OFFICIAL” update maybe. Last “UNOFFICIAL” update, no way. The brilliant work being done at XDA and MODACO will see to that.

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  • Avatar of alex3305

    I want the official one the moment that root is supported and I can change the DPI… 160dpi of 200dpi isn’t enough for me :(.

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  • Avatar of tbplan

    I’m curious about something. I have the US version with 1.6. I’ve been following DJ Steve’s work but don’t want to try all the advanced techy stuff necessary to upgrade to his version of Froyo. BUT, I think I would like his version better than whatever Dell comes out with. I assume that when the Dell update gets pushed out, it will be a very low-tech upgrade requiring no training or brainpower on my part-which is a good thing.

    Does anyone know if, once the Dell Froyo is installed, it would be a simple thing to flash over to DJ Steve’s version at that point?

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