Dell has started rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade for unlocked Dell Streak handsets, providing key enterprise updates including enhanced Microsoft Exchange support.
Android 2.2 offers improved performance and memory management, along with Adobe Flash 10.1 support and apps such as Skype for Android and the latest Firefox beta. The update also allows customers to create a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
Following the 2.2 upgrade, users will no longer be able to use the Dell PC Suite to synchronise the device to a desktop PC. This will be replaced by the Dell Mobile Sync software, which must be downloaded from the Dell support web site, according to a posting on the Direct2Dell blog.
Dell Mobile Sync is powered by Nero and will allow users to manage and synchronise media and Outlook contacts with a PC.
The update will be rolled out over-the-air, and the handset will display a notification after a power up. Streak owners can also manually check for an update by going to Settings, About Device, System Updates.
Users with locked devices will have to wait until December to download the update.
Dell advised backing up the device using the Dell Backup and Restore app from Android Market. Downloading will take approximately 15 minutes over a Wi-Fi connection.
The manufacturer is also planning to launch 7in and 11in versions of the Streak in 2011, as tablets continue to infiltrate the enterprise.
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