December 10, 2010
It has been some time in comming, but it’s finally here. Actually it’s been available for a while, but roll-out appears to have been delayed for some models.
I have been able to test the availability of the update on two Streak devices. Both of which are UK, unlocked, direct from Dell units. Both units started with Android 1.6, one “factory fresh”, the other had received an update (as described here), so I had units with differing OEM/baseband versions, specifically:
1.6 Factory Fresh: Baseband version: GAUSB1A110700-EU; Build number 4399
1.6 With official update: Baseband version: GAUSB1A111100-EU; Build number: 6267
Before updating, always a good idea to have a back-up; the Android Marketplace has a handy little app. for that… just do a search for “Dell Backup & Restore”. Once down, hit the “System Update” icon that appears in the notification bar. If there’s no notification, check in the Settings… menu, choose “Menu settings…”, “About device”, “System updates”; this will open up a browser which checks the website http://mobileupdate.dell.com/?version=GAUSB1A111100 for updates.
Just follow the “Continue with Update” link.
The download (Streak_318_12821_00.pkg) is 150Mb in size, so make take a while to make it’s way across the internet to your device 😉
Once the download is completed, simply tap on the Update package in the download list. You will then be given the option to either Update Now, or Later. Choosing “Update Now” causes the device to reboot, during which the update is installed. During the update, the device will reboot twice, just wait until it returns to the “lock” screen 🙂
Handily, the Dell Back-up and Restore utility is included as part of the 2.2 build, so restoring the back-up should be nice and easy 🙂
…in fact easier than I thought, the update seems to have restored applications and user data as part of the upgrade 🙂
September 4, 2010
I have a new Dell Streak, which is a great piece of hardware, with, it has to be said, software that does not do it full justice. Although Android 1.6 is perfectly serviceable, the Streak really needs a newer version of the operating system to really shine.
It has been announced that O2 will be rolling out Android 2.1 soon to Dell Streak’s bought through (and locked to) the O2 network.
This morning my Streak (Dell OEM version) announced that it had an update waiting. Unfortunately this turns out only to have been a minor update, as my device is still running Android 1.6 following the update.
Before -> After Firmware Version: 1.6 -> 1.6 Baseband Version: GAUSB1A110700-EU -> GAUSB1A111100-EU Kernel Version: 2.6.29-perf -> 2.6.29-perf Build Number: 4399->6267
Let’s hope 2.1 or 2.2 comes along soon.