Dell Streak release in Japan delayed


When the Dell Streak launched in Japan last month, it was the first one to be advertised as shipping with Android 2.2 (Froyo). Preorders began on November 12th, with shipping expected in early December.

The Froyo-packing Streak—known as the SoftBank 001DL—was actually supposed to start its mass dispersion across the Land of the Rising Sun today, but sadly, when the sun set (it's already Friday evening there as I write this) everyone in Japan was still sans Streak. In an update posted on its website this morning, SoftBank announced that the release has been postponed until further notice.

Here's the original announcement:


StreakSmart reader Hiroshi kindly provided this translation:

Announcement for delay in the release date for "DELL Streak 001DL"

Since there was a software issue that has to be taken care of, the release date of the cellphone "DELL Streak 001DL," which was expected on Dec 10 (Fri), has been postponed.

The updated release date will be shared as soon as it is decided.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Whether this "software issue" refers to the same thing(s) that Dell just fixed in its latest Froyo release for unlocked devices is unknown, but I'm sure there are a lot of buyers in Japan who would rather have a Streak with 1.6 than no Streak at all.

[SoftBank] Thanks, Hiroshi!

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