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NEC Medias W dual-screen Jelly Bean smartphone announced

Today the folks from NEC have announced a brand new smartphone for NTT DoCoMo in Japan, and apparently they feel that two screens are better than one. I'm having Kyocera Echo flashbacks already, and they aren't good. NEC is set to bring their first twin 4.3-inch screens smartphone to market in Japan, and it even runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so check it out below.

Amazon Android Appstore hits Japan

Nearly two months ago the folks from Amazon started accepting submissions for their upcoming 3rd party Android Appstore in Japan, and now things are ready to rock. Today Amazon has announced the Appstore has gone live in Japan. The new store will give Japanese Android users a change at even more apps for their Kindle devices, as well as all Android smartphones and tablets.

HTC J goes official with WiMAX for Japan

The death of WiMAX has been greatly exaggerated. Well, maybe not, but there's still a few phones coming out with the wireless standard, all of them apparently from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. In addition to the HTC EVO V 4G on Virgin Mobile here in the states, Japanese carrier KDDI will be launching the HTC J this summer. So much for that "hero device strategy", eh HTC?

Mid-range Sony Xperia Lotus leaked

In addition to several new models yet to hit the streets or even be officially unveiled, you can add the Sony Xperia ST27 "Lotus". The mid-range phone was spotted in Japan by Blog of Mobile along with a few tepid specifications. This is in addition to the Xperia P, the new GX and SX, the Sola and the Tapioca. Slow down, guys, we're still trying to get through your obtuse method of name selection.

LTE packing Sony Xperia GX and SX head to Japan

Sony has announced a couple new Android smartphones that are heading to Japan with LTE 4G connectivity onboard. Both of the new phones are in the Xperia line and include the GX and SX. Both smartphones run Android 4.0 ICS and one has a 13-megapixel camera on the back. The GX is the higher-end offering of the pair.

Spyware found in Japanese Google Play Store

Ho boy. It seems that at Android enthusiast can't get his head down before yet another malware story slides across his writing desk. This time it's from Japan, where a researcher employed by McCafee found naughty apps in the regional Google Play Store sending private information to a remote server. Carlos Castillo documented his work on McAfee's website. The apps in question are the usual low-quality, generally useless fare, promising video players, anime and sexual content, which they only deliver after stealing personal information. Good grief, they could at least have the decency to engage in some good-old-fashioned piracy while they're at it.

NEC’s MEDIAS Tab N-06D looks cool, runs Gingerbread

Another week, another Asian tablet that's releaseing already behind the times. This time around it's Japanese phone giant NEC, whose MEDIAS line is getting a tablet entry in the form of the 7-inch MEDIAS Tab N-06D. While the slate is kitted out to be a decent little tablet, it's unaccountably running Gingerbread, despite a release date nearly five months after the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Good grief, guys, even Motorola is starting to work on ICS updates at this point.

Kairsoft’s latest Android game: Cafeteria Nipponica

You. Yes, you. Stop your giggling. "Nippon" is a dialect word for "Japan", and Kairsoft's latest Android game reflects that. Now that that's out of the way: noted Android RPG maker Kairsoft has teased its latest game for the platform, Cafeteria Nipponica, and it's set for release this Thursday. While the company didn't say much about the game itself, their history and the title should be more than enough to get the gist of it. There's no mention of whether the game will be released in English right away, but considering their habit of renaming games for the western market, it seems unlikely.
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