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Dell's First Smartphone Aero with Android 1.5 Doomed?

Aug 25, 2010, 04:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Megna)

"A close look at the spec sheet for Dell's first smartphone to hit the market, the Android-powered Aero, does include some impressive features for an entry-level handset priced at $99 with an AT&T contract, but it's missing one thing: the version of the mobile Linux OS it is running.

"That may be because the Dell Aero is shipping with Android 1.5, which first debuted 16 months ago in the Spring of 2009 --light years in mobile time -- while the souped-up version, 2.2 or Froyo, is being rolled out to top-tier smartphones such as the Droid and HTC Evo 4G. The Droid 2 is shipping with the latest udpate.

"The Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) Aero's introduction comes on the heels of the Dell Streak, a mobile device with a 5-inch screen that the hardware maker is billing as an Android tablet PC,"

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