It is almost a year since Russian company Yota announced this strange, unique smartphone, which has seemingly disappeared from the map. Now it seems that the company is finally ready and is marking November as the month it will launch the YotaPhone.
Device accessories including cases are fairly common to see these days. But every once in a while there is one that has a stand-out feature. In this instance that stand-out feature just so happens to be an e-ink display. The case is is from PocketBook and for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Basically, what you have is a flip-style cover that when opened, has a 4.3-inch e-paper display.
Aside from being easy on the eyes, one of the advertised advantages of e-ink displays is the low power consumption and, therefore, longer battery life, making it ideal for long-lasting e-book readers. But even that could soon be a thing of the past thanks to NFC technology.
E-ink isn't something you often see associated with smartphones. There have been some exceptions to that rule with a few notable mentions coming in as the dual-screen YotaPhone and the popSLATE case which is only available for the iPhone 5. Well, coming by way of Gajah International it looks like those with a Galaxy Note II or GALAXY S 4 may soon have an option available for purchase.
Late last year the Russian company Yota announced a rather intriguing new smartphone called the YotaPhone. As I'm sure many of you are aware, this Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handset sports two displays. The front being a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display, and the rear of the device enjoys a 4.3-inch E-ink screen. It's a neat concept and we were able to enjoy some time with a prototype unit earlier today and we came away rather impressed.
Yesterday we were introduced to the YotaPhone, a new dual-screen handset that has both an HD LCD display on the front and an e-ink display on the back. It's an intriguing phone that hails from Russia, and today we're getting our first look at the phone's big talking points in a new demo video from Mobile-Review. Anton Tarasenko, who serves as the head of product management and planning at Yota, takes us through the YotaPhone's notable features, including gesture controls.
A short while back we saw an announcement for the popSLATE case, which some here may not have seen given it is an iPhone 5 case. In short, the popSLATE is a case that adds an e-ink display on the back. At the time it sounded like a unique idea and we only hoped to see something similar for Android. And well, while not exactly the same, the YotaPhone will offer a regular display on the front and an e-ink display on the back.
Like the Nook, Nook Color and Nook Touch before it, yet another Android-based e-reader has fallen to the combined forces of tenacity and free time. Sony's PRS-T1 came out just last month, and now a YouTube video points to a rooted or at least unlocked build in the wild. Details and instructions aren't available, but rest assured they'll make their way onto the various hack-friendly forums out there.
Just when you thought you couldn't get a Nook at RadioShack, they come up and surprise you by carrying the Nook. They've also got the Nook Color, both of these device available very soon in most if not all of their thousands of locations across the USA and Mexico. What you need to know is that while Barnes & Noble continues to grow their eReader business, their competitors are either dying (Borders, just this past weekend, rest in peace), or re-ramping up so as to avoid the massive Nook pain. Do you own a Nook yet? Do you plan on picking one up in the near future?
This week the Android-powered Kindle eReader gets a massive bump as Amazon's library ebook lending scheme is initiated at over 11,000 libraries across the United States. Through this program, libraries will be offering ebooks for checkout for periods of time similar to what a normal book checkout would be. This will more than likely also boost physical library attendance as folks with the Kindle hardware will be encouraged to actually visit the locations to pick up the ebooks. This program is also working starting today on Android apps for devices of all types.