Dell Teases Citrix Synergy Crowd with Streak Demo

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-13 Print this article Print

Dell's founder and CEO gives a minute-long sneak preview of the Streak mobile Internet device, which runs Google's Android OS and uses Citrix's virtual desktop software.

SAN FRANCISCO-Michael Dell went onstage for his keynote speech May 13 at the Citrix Synergy conference to certify once again that his company and virtualization software maker Citrix Systems are the best of tech friends and intend to cultivate their relationship for the good of the world.

But the real news became clear when Dell reached into his pocket, pulled out one of his company's upcoming Streak MID (mobile Internet device) handhelds, and teased a full house here at Moscone Center West with a minute-long sneak preview of the device.

It was the first public demo-such as it was-of the new device, which has been rumored for several months.

According to device site Engadget, the Streak is a 5-inch-long device resembling an iPhone or Google Nexus One with WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G WWAN (wireless WAN) connectivity and a 800 by 480 capacitive touch-screen display with multitouch zooming.

It also features a dual-LED Flash 5 megapixel camera on the back and is powered by a 1,300mAh battery.

Streak runs the latest version of Android and will become available starting in June, Dell said.

"The device we use to access our information shouldn't matter anymore," Dell said before the demo, getting ready to surprise everybody. "Whether it's a phone, or a notebook, a netbook or a desktop PC, your client image can follow you everywhere.

"Actually, I've got a new little device here," he said, pulling out the Streak. "I've got my Citrix Receiver on here; we can log in and capture our desktop. I've got six different desktop planes here, I've got my Android applications, I can see what's going on at Twitter and Facebook."

"This will be available starting next month, first with our partner 02 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T," Dell said.

02 Telefonica is based in the Czech Republic and provides mobile, fixed and broadband services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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