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Disney Themed Android Phone Hitting Japan

Disney stopped their cell phone plans for US distribution back in 2007, but that's not stopping them from releasing devices in Japan. The country has a huge Disney character following, and now they're being treated to their own device, along with some perks. The device will be shipping with Android 2.2 and will be the first smartphone that will ship with exclusive Disney features such as wallpapers, widgets, and applications. Unofficially announced, the phone has specs that are near identical to the Sharp Galapagos 003SH - which include a 3.8-inch touchscreen, no-glasses 3D, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, and a 9.6MP camera. To make the deal even sweeter, users will also be granted access to an exclusive @disney.ne.jp email address as well as the ability to choose one of the cases below. [Via MobileCrunch]

Onkyo Introduces an Android 2.2 Tegra 250 Tablet Called TA117

What a lovely name! TA117, it rings in the ears like an oncoming storm of bits. Onkyo Japan has just sent out a press release introducing their newest Android tablet, the TA117, much faster than its crappy ol' slow TW317 predecessor, this new tablet comes packed with a Tagra 250 Chipset (1Ghz) and a bit of the soon-to-be ancient Android 2.2 Froyo. TA117 has a 10.1" (1024×600) screen, Bluetooth, microSDHC slot, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, a 1.3Mpix Camera sensor in 267x173x14.8mm and 800g.

Mafia Wars Coming to Android This Month says Zynga

Over at LeWeb today, a mister David Ko, current SVP of Mobile at gaming superstar Zynga, is talking about the future of mobile social gaming. He's calling it "the next great frontier," and speaks not only of Zyngas new purchase of Newtoy, We Rule, Words with Friends, and Chess with Friends developers, he speaks of the oncoming massively successful (I suppose he hopes) advent of Mafia Wars on Android.

Ameri-Smartphone Moon over Japan – Sharp Corporation to Release Galapagos Android Devices

So you're walking around a city in Japan, it's about five or ten years back, what do you see? Japan-born electronics as far as the eye can see. Now you're in that same city, it's 2010 - what do you see? iPhones. Tons of iPhones. And what else do you see a spattering of? Android-based phones. Just a spattering, but they're on the rise. In a country known as the Galapagos Islands of mobile phone markets for their wonderful and varied selection of devices and systems, a new wave is cresting, a wave of American-made mobile tech - and app developers are in the mood for surfing.

Android-Themed Bar Opens in Japan

We have seen many examples of just how dedicated some Android fans can be. However, a fully themed bar complete with treats that resemble software releases is definitely a first, and of course - it's in Japan.

Panasonic entering the japanese smartphone market in 2011

Panasonic, the popular consumer electronics company, announced today that they will begin sales of their own smartphones in Japan early next year, followed by overseas in 2012. Each of its phones will be based on Google's Android platform and will be set to compete with not only the iPhone, but Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones as well.

Skype on KDDI Phones Starting in November

Let freedom ring your ringtone! Japanese phone carrier KDDI plans on offering Skype services for a select number of Android phones starting in November. As if it weren't enough today hearing news of their three new Android mobiles or their fabulous new Android-based Samsung Tablet, now we're getting news that voice-to-voice calls will essentially be free! Just so long as the person you're trying to communicate with is also signed up and signed on to Skype, you can call them up text without using up any of your monthly allowance or data plan.

Samsung Tab and Galaxy S devices Coming to DOCOMO in Japan

The already popular, yet to be released, Samsung Galaxy Tab has finally been announced to be coming to Japan. DOCOMO is set to launch the Japanese-market version of both the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab. Both will be shipping with Android 2.2, DOCOMO’s new e-book service - which will be launching on a trial basis in late October, and the sp-mode service that will allow users to access i-mode mail accounts on their devices. [caption id="attachment_14582" align="aligncenter" width="192" caption="DOCOMO Galaxy S"][/caption] Full Press Release Below: TOKYO, JAPAN, October 5, 2010 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. today unveiled its Japanese-market versions of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s GALAXY S smartphone and GALAXY Tab smart media device. The docomo Smartphone GALAXY S is scheduled to launch in late October and the docomo Smartphone GALAXY Tab in late November. Both mobile devices are powered by the Android™ 2.2 operating system, enabling users to choose from a large variety of applications available at the mobile portals Android Market™, docomo market and Samsung Apps. The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab also support DOCOMO’s new e-book service, which will launch on a trial basis in late October, as well as the sp-mode™ service that allows DOCOMO users to access i-mode™ mail accounts with their smartphones. The GALAXY S features a 4-inch, ultra-bright SUPER AMOLED screen and supports Flash® for PC-like access to diverse Web content. Its 5.0 megapixel camera shoots high-definition video that can be played back on the phone’s vivid, high-resolution screen. Multi-touch functionality enables intuitive control of the screen. The GALAXY Tab provides an all-new way to experience Internet browsing on the go. The large 7-inch screen allows full Flash-compatible browsing and displays images in PC-quality 600 x 1,024 -pixel resolution. It is an exceptionally portable tablet device that can be held easily in one hand, measuring just 12.1 mm in thickness and weighing only 382 grams. The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab will be exhibited at CEATEC Japan 2010 in Makuhari Messe, Japan from October 5 to 9.

Nintendo DS like Android-based tablet PC

What you’re looking at here is the Lifetouch by NEC. It bears a striking resemblance to the Nintendo DS. This will be a 7-inch Android 2.1 tablet that should make its way into the Japanese market this October.
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