According to IDC, Dell is the number one PC vendor in the consumer, small & medium business, as well as the enterprise space. Dell has channel presence across hundreds of cities and sells at thousands of retail outlets across the country. Apart from a variety of product lines to suit diverse customers, the after-sales support options from Dell has garnered several fans and loyalists, including me.
Last week I met Mahesh Bhalla, Executive Director and General Manager (Consumer & SMB) at Dell India. We talked about Dell’s business in India, the revolution in devices and form factors, and Dell’s newest line of business the mobile phones.
Dell is fully committed to the PC business. The high-volume business is tricky, which is why HP recently announced that they are looking to spin-off their PC business
Mahesh dismisses the myth that to succeed in Indian market, one has to sell the product at the cheapest. Dell’s number one status testifies this assertion since Dell prices it products higher than the regional industry average.
Dell succeeds in getting positive mindshare on basis of support options since it builds those with an astute understanding of the local market. In India, on-site service is the best option. Dell provides on-site service in 650 cities
There are a variety of form factors in the market at this moment. After a certain time, the market would crystallize. One can always give choice to customers, but too many choices add to costs.
Dell has been in mobile business for less than a year, and is working to improve the distribution channels and also offer different form factors and device options.
Dell has announced the Streak 7 a 7-inch tablet heading to T-Mobile. The Dell Streak 7 sports a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with both the cores running at 1GHz. The 7-inch WVGA display of the Streak 7 is covered with Gorilla glass.
The 7-inch tablet also features HSPA+ 4G support along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot.
The tablet has 16GB of onboard storage space. The front of the tablet sports a 1.3MP camera for video calling while the back sports a 5MP camera.
The Streak 7 runs on Android 2.2 with the Stage UI of Dell on top of it. Sadly, T-Mobile did not mention the pricing of the tablet. The Streak 7 is expected to hit the stores in the coming weeks’.
Last month, Dell started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for its tablet-cum-handset crossover the Streak. However, Dell was rolling out the update for only un-branded Streak handsets at that time. Now, Streak owners in the UK who own an O2 branded Streak will get their share of Froyo love starting from today.
It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that Dell will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Streak within this month. Now, Dell has officially released the Android 2.2 update for the Streak. The update comes in an OTA (Over-The-Air) form for the tablet-cum-phone crossover.
The Froyo update for the Streak will be first rolled out to unlocked devices. Carrier branded Streaks will get their share of Froyo love in phase two of the rollout i.e. late December.
The Android 2.2 update for the Streak will bring with it a new Stage UI along with Flash 10.1, Mobile hotspot, better memory management and performance improvements. Since the Froyo update will wipe clean the Streak from user’s data, Dell as released a Dell Backup & Restore application on the Android Market.
The application creates a backup of all the user data on the external memory of the device so that they can restore it later on.
We had earlier reported that Dell will be rolling out the Froyo update for its 5-inch phone-cum-tablet crossover the Streak. The update will start rolling out before the end of November but only in the U.K. Along with Android 2.2, the update will also bring performance improvements, better memory management, Flash 10.1 and Mobile hotspot feature. The Stage UI from Dell will also be present in this software update.
Here is a video of Android 2.2 with the Stage UI in action on the Streak :
It will replace the custom launcher found used by Streak in Android 1.6. The Stage UI basically contains a launcher and a few widgets along with a webOS like multi-tasking UI. However, the software update will wipe clean all user data present in the phone so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
Folks over at PC World report that Dell is working on an Android version of the Dell Venue Pro handset. The Dell Venue Pro sports a full portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 4.1-inch WVGA display. The Venue Pro sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera as well.
The early hands-on review of the device from Engadget and other popular tech blogs suggest that the phone has a pretty darn good QWERTY keyboard. The Dell Venue Pro runs on the WP7 OS from Microsoft. The handset was announced by Microsoft and Dell two weeks ago and will hit the retail stores in two weeks from now. The handset is available on Amazon.co.uk for pre-order for £499.99/$696.
As of now, Dell only has one Android handset the Streak. The Android version of Venue Pro will be a worthy addition to Dell’s line-up of Android handsets.
The 5-inch phone and tablet crossover from Dell the Streak was supposed to get its Android 2.2 update by the end of December. Today, Dell has officially stated that their target Android 2.2 delivery date is way before December 31st. However, due to this Dell won’t be working on any more Android 2.1 based firmware for the Streak and will also stop pushing Android 2.1 updates to additional customers.
The Dell Streak was originally launched in the United States with Android 1.6 onboard. Dell had stated that the phone-cum-tablet crossover will directly get the Android 2.2 update in the States and skip the Android 2.1 update. A leaked Android 2.1 U.K build of the Dell Streak has been floating around on the Internet for many days which allows Streak owners in the United States to enjoy Android 2.1 on their device.
It was just yesterday we reported that the Dell Streak would be getting direct upgrade to Froyo, and skip the Ã‰clair update totally. However, Streak owners in UK should rejoice as an Android 2.1 ROM for the phone leaked on the internet a few days ago. The sad news was that this leaked ROM would only work for Dell Streak handsets in UK, and not for the US handsets.
Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and have found a workaround to flash this UK ROM on a US Dell Streak. However, users need to root their phone before proceeding with this process. Luckily there is an application call Universal Androot which will make the job of rooting the phone a lot easier. Also flashing this Android 2.1 ROM will wipe your Dell Streak clean so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Dell Streak to Android 2.1.
Talk about underhand tactics in getting customers and the first thing that comes to mind is sneaky advertisements. For long we have seen competitors aggressively advertise products degrading their competition, but Apple seems to be buying into the competition directly.
If you perform a Google Search for "Dell Streak" (link) on Google UK Search, you will see some familiar advertisements from Dell promoting their products along with an advertisement from the carrier, however, at the bottom of the advertisement pile lies an advertisement purchased by Apple which promotes the iPad (see screenshot above).
Oh Boy, this is definitely something I did not expect from Apple who are arrogant confident enough to believe that every product they make is perfect. Did the Dell Streak make them so scared that they had to advertise their own product on a competitors keywords? What do you think?