The United States’ Defense Information Systems Agency has finally approved an Android-powered device! The process for approval reportedly started back in September 2010 when Dell began working with the agency to provide a device for use with “secure but unclassified” communications.
The lucky device? The now-discontinued Dell Streak 5 running Android 2.2.
Why the Streak 5? Apparently the military likes its not-too-big but not-too-small size. Before you get your hopes up, it’s not a stock Streak 5, it’s got a suit of other apps and extra [...]
For most of us, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now a reality, and we’ve managed to upgrade our devices without too many hiccups. Not everyone is so lucky, though, and owners of the Dell Venue Pro and version 1.4 of the Samsung Focus hardware are patiently waiting for news of the their Mango updates to arrive. We can’t yet break the good news, but at least there’s progress being made, with Microsoft updating its own Windows Phone Update Schedule page.
Both the Dell Venue Pro and Samsung Focus 1.4 on AT&T are now in the “testing” phase of their Mango [...]
It seems like the Dell Venue pro has been taking quite a bashing lately, and sadly, that’s not about to stop now. Owners of the device have been noticing problems with the phone’s digital compass, and analysis of the phone’s system logs from a Mango update indicate something fishy going on with the compass driver file.
This problem popped up in an XDA-Discussions forum thread last week, where users who forced Zune to update their DVPs to Mango noticed the phone’s compass wasn’t behaving correctly. Further analysis showed that attempts to read the [...]
Late last month Microsoft attempted to clarify how Mango’s internet sharing would arrive on existing WP7 hardware. The issue, ultimately, depended on the presence of new drivers to let Mango take full advantage of the phone’s WiFi hardware. Does that mean we might hope to see the feature make it to all WP7 handsets, eventually? Some detective work by the users over at the XDA-Developers forums suggests we could be stuck with one particular WP7 phone that gets left behind the rest.
All Windows Phone models that can already form a wireless hotspot are powered by [...]
Microsoft has yet to clarify the exact release date of Windows Phone 7 Mango, that is, when those with WP7 hardware can expect an OTA update to bring the new operating system to their device. WPCentral is citing three pieces of evidence that point to a September 15 release date for Mango. First, a well-known app firm has told them that indeed, September 15 is the day. Second, a chat with a customer service rep from HTC reveals that September is going to be the month, but that a firm date could not be given. And third, the acclaimed Dell Venue Pro which has been unavailable in the [...]
Microsoft finally threw all you Windows Phone users, waiting for news about when to expect your Mango updates, a bone this week, officially confirming that Mango would get here “in the next week or two”. For information on when progress was being made for individual carriers, the company refers users to its “Where’s my phone update?” page, but that’s yet to reflect the distribution of Mango. For more detail, we’ll have to turn to the manufacturers themselves. Dell, for one, spilled the beans on its update plans earlier today.
Way back in February, a leaked Dell roadmap outlined the company’s plans for smartphones throughout 2011 and into 2012. The Dell Streak Pro, which we just heard about being planned for Japan, matches up with the Dell Millennium from that roadmap. Not every model listed, though, has shown signs of making its way towards release. Sometime in Q3 or Q4, Dell was planning to come out with a new Windows Phone handset, the Dell Wrigley. It’s been ages since we’ve heard anything about it, but couldn’t it just pop up unexpectedly one day? It’s not looking like [...]
Dell sure takes its sweet time between releasing smartphones, so you’d better believe that we’re paying attention when it finally does. The Dell Venue Android dropped early this year, and we’re just now hearing about its next effort, the Streak Pro 101DL.
Don’t let the Streak name fool you; this time we’re squarely in smartphone territory. The handset is supposed to have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display covered in Gorilla Glass for extra resilience. A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon will power the Streak Pro, the same chip being used in the HTC [...]
There might be a mystery around the Dell Venue Pro’s Mango update on AT&T (those on T-Mobile are in to get the refresh this fall), but the phone is reportedly getting the 2.12 update as we speak.
According to WPCentral, AT&T variants of the Dell Venue Pro are being pushed the 2.12 update, which is trying to fix all the issues users were having on their devices and complaining about. Among other things, it will finally bring the WiFi fix and, with the update out, can make us feel more optimistic about the Mango refresh on AT&T.
In today’s show we begin by talking about the recent confirmation we received from the Windows Phone blog regarding Mango and it’s release date within either next week or the following. We also go through the Samsung Focus S and how it already received FCC approval. We talk about the reasons why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support dual-core processors, and why that’s still not an issue any of us should worry about. We breeze through Windows 8 and how it seems to support more than the Metro UI with a phone call feature, and details on when we might get the WhatsApp [...]
When you bought a Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone in the past from Dell, you had the opportunity of choosing the phone with a two-year contract on T-Mobile, AT&T or get the phone unlocked. Things have changed a little bit recently.
If you head over to Dell by following the source link you’ll see that there is no carrier mention anymore. You can only purchase unlocked phones (of course, with the mention that you can choose the device with either AT&T or T-Mobile band support). This could mean several things! First of all, it can mean that Dell has exited the Windows [...]
Though once a major player in the days of Windows Mobile, Dell’s mobile presence has taken a big dive in recent years. Devices like the Venue and Venue Pro have been few and far between, and we were surprised to see the company not make the list as one of Microsoft’s hardware partners for upcoming handsets. More recently, the company pulled the plug on its nearly-smartphone-sized Streak 5 tablet. Just what could Dell be thinking about when it comes to its smartphone strategy? It turns out that its sights are set on one of the biggest markets around, as we’ve learned [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we wrap-up all this week’s good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we start with HTC’s September 1st event and their announcement of the new Radar and Titan Windows Phone Mango devices. we also talk about the recent rumors of Mango being released in the next 15 days and even the HTC devices that have already arrived at the FCC. We go through all the Microsoft software that has been updated to support Mango, and more rumors of Nokia Windows Phone devices, though this time [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through all that’s hot and all that’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. We start with Google purchasing Motorola Mobility and what that represents to the Android community. We talk briefly about all the leaked devices for the week and all the official releases. As always, we go through software updates and which devices are now open for Gingerbread. And finally, we also talk about the Motorola Photon 4G getting it’s boot loader unlocked, aside from all the rest of the devices, which can now be [...]
Watch our first ever Windows Phone View as we go through the launch of the AU IS12T which is the result of a joint venture between Toshiba And Fujitsu and which will be the first Windows Phone to be launched in Japan and with Mango out of the box. We also talk about the recent announcement of a Nokia/Microsoft event where we all expect to see the fruit of their collaboration in the launch of their first Windows Phone 7. We breeze through the rumors of future HTC, Samsung and LG Windows Phones for September, talk about Anton’s step by step tutorial on how to get Mango on your [...]
The original Dell Streak – formally the Streak 5 to differentiate it from larger models – debuted last summer. We were still in the pre-Honeycomb world back then, where Android tablets struggled even more than they do now to make a stand against the iPad. In spite of its limitations, we found the Streak to be a more than capable Android, so long as your needs lined-up with the specific niche its hardware and software created. Now, just a year later, Dell has officially pulled the plug on the Streak 5.
The fact that the Streak was never meant to be easily toted around [...]
A month ago we saw how you could update your Windows Phone to the latest Windows Phone Mango Beta but since then Redmond updated the build and released the Beta 2 of Mango which brings quite a lot of changes.
In this video walkthrough we’ll show you how to update basically any Windows Phone to the latest build 7712 of Mango, the Beta 2. The prerequisites are quite the same: you have to have a NoDo-powered Windows Phone and make sure you’ve got plenty of battery juice left!
1. Download the tool found at step 1 at the link below, version 0.3.2. Download and [...]
After waiting for months, word finally came in June that an update to the Dell Venue Pro, one which would aim to address stability problems with the smartphone, would finally be arriving this summer. Some DVPs that were sent in for servicing reportedly came back to their owners with the update already installed, but there was still no way to upgrade your own phone. Then, just last week, the update landed, with an announcement that it was headed out to users everywhere. Well, that turned out to be premature, causing the company to backtrack and inform users of the phone on T-Mobile in [...]
Sometimes, we have the opportunity to tell you about a hot leaked ROM, or an eagerly-anticipated update arriving suddenly out of the blue; sadly, this is not one of those times, with news coming our way of delays in getting code out to a couple smartphones on T-Mobile.
Just this morning, we reported on the new software becoming available for the Dell Venue Pro, not just for international users, but those on T-Mobile in the States, as well. This news came straight from Dell’s rep via Twitter, so it seemed authoritative. Not so fast, though, because a follow-up tweet has [...]
The Dell Venue Pro is a great Windows Phone but is unfortunately plagued by some issues out of which the WiFi problem being the most serious. A month ago we heard that the update should be out soon and more details emerged and now it appears to be rolling out.
According to Dell’s Lionel Menchaca, the update for the Venue Pro “starts rolling out today for T-Mobile customers in the US + all other customers outside the US”. Its purpose is to fix to WiFi — and other — problems users are experiencing with the handset (in a similar manner to the LG [...]
The Dell Venue Pro could have probably been the most popular Windows Phone if there were no hardware and launch related glitches but still got a 4.5 out of 5 in our review which is among the best scores for a Windows Phone yet.
If initially the 16GB variant went for $500 without a contract, Dell is now selling the phone for $299.99 with no commitment. We’re not sure whether Dell is trying to boost sales or just trying to get rid of units on stock since it wasn’t part of the Windows Phone 7 Mango partner OEMs. Regardless, the Venue Pro is a nice phone to have and $300 [...]
Yesterday we got word that the update to finally fix the Dell Venue Pro’s WiFi and stability issues would be coming to us next month. As should be no surprise when it comes to updates for Windows Phone 7 devices, the truth turns out to be slightly more complicated, but DVP users should all still be able to get their hands on the update by the end of August.
Like we said earlier, some users who are sending their DVPs off for service are getting them back with the new software already on-board, and have given us our first confirmation that it really does seem to work and [...]
Dell could have had something really special with its Windows Phone 7-running Venue Pro. You can’t find hardware like it anywhere else for WP7, and that portrait keyboard might have been just the thing to help Microsoft snag some BlackBerry users. We were soundly impressed with the smartphone when it first arrived, giving it a glowing review last December. That said, after Dell struggled with its efforts to launch the handset, the Venue Pro has been plagued by stability issues and poor WiFi connectivity, somewhat tarnishing its reputation. Half a year later, we’re still [...]