Both Android and Windows Phone fans can feel a little bit sad today as a Dell spokesman recently told PCWorld about the company’s plans to retire the Dell Venue and the Venue Pro from the American market.
“Mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops”, the spokesperson said, but we knew that and Dell definitely knew that some two years ago when they entered the smartphone game. However, the company will continue to sell its phones outside of the U.S. and will introduce more mobile products in the States later this year, but it is [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we wrap-up all that’s good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we begin by talking about all the rumors that surround the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T. We later cover all the recent commitments that Nokia has made for the current Nokia Windows Phones in the market. We continue with our week’s coverage of the Nokia concept redesign for Windows Phone and Project Detroit. We later discuss the recent leaks of Windows Phone Tango’s multitasking capabilities [...]
The Dell Streak was one really interesting device last year when the manufacturer brought the five-incher to the market. It was a time when everyone considered the size outrageous without knowing that Samsung will top the diagonal with its Galaxy Note approximately one year later.
If you still have a Dell Streak somewhere around you might want to check this out: what appears to be an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the phone has been leaked online. If you’re interested in bumping the OS version number to a newer one — and why wouldn’t you be? [...]
A couple months back, Japanese carrier SoftBank announced a new Dell Android it had coming on the horizon, the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. It’s not that often that we get to hear about a new smartphone from Dell, so the event of one arriving at all would be noteworthy, but in this case we also had some pretty decent-sounding hardware to look forward to. While it would only have a qHD display instead of the 720p we’re starting to see in high-end phones, the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon should be more than sufficient. We had only heard about plans for the Streak Pro’s release [...]
It has not been an easy road being a Dell Venue Pro owner. You can take your pick of issues the phone has faced: WiFi problems, a broken digital compass, or just the weeks and weeks of waiting for Mango. While most every other Windows Phone smartphone was seeing Mango arrive, DVP owners on AT&T (along with the Samsung Focus version 1.4) were starting to look left behind in the dark ages. Late last month, Microsoft updated its notes on Mango distribution, mentioning that these last couple of models had moved onto the “testing” phase. Now, a month later, Mango is finally [...]
Dell’s Venue Pro feels almost like the sickly child amongst the first-wave of Windows Phone siblings. Its launch got off to a pretty rocky start, and an update aimed at fixing many of its software woes didn’t drop until mid-way through 2011. The latest trial to face the DVP came with Mango’s arrival on the scene, where the update included broken support for the hardware’s digital compass. Now, Dell’s finally speaking out about the compass, and what it has to say doesn’t sound like very good news.
Dell’s Chief Blogger Lionel Menchaca [...]
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 [...]