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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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