The Dell Streak is a 5 inch Android tablet/smartphone that ships with Google Android 1.6. That’s right, it’s a nearly state-of-the-art machine with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, and an operating system that’s a few iterations behind the latest version of Google Android.
But UK carrier O2 says it will begin rolling out a software update to customers on Wednesday, September 1st. Unfortunately, the update will only bring the tablet up to Google Android 2.1. Users will have to hold on a little longer for Android 2.2 which brings additional features including a faster Java compiler, installing apps to an SD card, and an option to “update all” apps from the Android Market.
That said, the O2 software update is expected to bring 720p HD video recording capabilities, multitouch gesture support. support for live wallpapers, and the ability to use multiple mail accounts, among other things.
Word on the street is that US customers may not get the Android 2.1 update at all, and instead will have to wait until Android 2.2 is available later this year. On the other hand, with early builds of Android 2.1 for the UK version of the Dell Streak hitting the web early, I wouldn’t be surprised to see unofficial versions for US users soon.