Offers unlocked version with updated OS at a $30 premium.
One of the last devices to currently sell with Android 1.6 is finally getting an update. Dell's site today advertises the Streak 5-inch Android Tablet with a Froyo update (and unlocked) at a $30 premium over the version that is tied to AT&T (T) with the older Google (GOOG) Android OS.
The 5-inch Dell Streak can operate like a phone, so it also includes a phone plan when purchased with an AT&T subsidy.
It isn't clear why there is a $30 charge to unlock a phone and update it to the latest OS (which should be free). Perhaps AT&T is paying $30 to have the Streak locked? Nor is it clear why phones locked to AT&T aren't getting the Froyo update as of now. I've reached out to AT&T and Dell for comment.
Froyo is expected to be an over-the-air update for existing Streak owners at some point in the future. Sony (SNE) is also rolling out Android updates to one of the only other Android 1.6 devices on the market, the Xperia X10.
Changes to the developer agreement may signal a new means of paying for apps in Google's mobile OS.
On Friday, Internet legend Tim Bray announced on the Android developer blog big changes to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA):
Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we're doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like.
In MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 25, 2010 11:47 AM ET
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