"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,"