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Dell Streak 7 WiFi getting official Honeycomb update in September, 3G/4G version stuck with Froyo

Honeycomb-dell-streak-7 Thanks to DJ_Steve's HoneyStreak custom ROM (formerly known as StreakDroid7 HD), the Dell Streak 7 has had Honeycomb unofficially available to it for the past few months. And now thanks to a trusted anonymous tipster, we can share word that an official Honeycomb update is expected to make an over-the-air debut on the 7-inch tablet next month.

While exact details on what's included in the update are unknown, we do know that the tablet-optimized OS is expected to greatly improve battery life. Evidently, the current Froyo build causes the device to constantly ping the server (I don't know which one), which is obviously a big drain on the battery. Honeycomb is said to fix this issue.

But wait. Before the unrooted masses start celebrating, you need to know one thing. The update is only for the WiFi version of the Streak 7.

The 3G/4G T-Mobile version of the tablet, the one that was just discontinued a few weeks ago, will apparently not be updated. And based on the information I have, we're not talking about the device not being updated in September with its WiFi-only sibling; we're talking about it not being updated ever.

We won't know for sure how all of this will pan out until next month, but if history has taught us anything, then it's probably unwise for 4G Streak 7 owners to expect Honeycomb from anyone other than DJ_Steve.

Thanks, anonymous tipster!

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