The Dell Streak and Motorola Cliq – not exactly two brands that generate a lot of excitement among the Android community. Both of these products experienced their fair share of frustrating issues, but T-Mobile is expected to launch the follow-ups at CES next week and could have them in stores by January 19th, according to a tip posted by TmoNews.
Dell fumbled the launch of their first big Android device, but the company just restructured the leadership of their mobile devision and is looking to make a comeback with their new Tegra 2-powered tablet. Look for this device to run Android 2.2 with Dell’s custom Stage UI and feature a 7-inch Gorilla Glass display, rear and front-facing cameras, and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.
Anyone who purchased the Cliq or Cliq XT experienced a painful waiting period while Motorola worked on updating these devices to Android 2.1. Motorola originally said they would upgrade the Cliq in Q2, but the software update was delayed over and over until it finally came out in Q4. Owners of the Cliq XT are still waiting and Motorola’s official stance on the update is “additional testing in process; more details when available”.
Hopefully both companies learned from their mistakes and will improve their products with this next round of releases. It sounds like most Streak owners were generally satisfied with their purchase (and Dell did update it to Android 2.2), but I think a lot of Cliq owners will be steering clear of the Cliq 2.
Do you think either of these devices has a chance at retail success?