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Japanese carrier pushes ads to Android notification bar

Raise your hand if you like ads. Anyone? Advertising is an unfortunately necessary part of modern life (and you can take that statement to the bank, since almost the entire livelihood of this humble blogger depends upon it) but sometimes the intrusive nature of new advertising methods sticks in the craw of consumers. Such is the case with Japanese wireless provider KDDI's latest attempt at subtle marketing: they've begun pushing paid ads to users' Android phones via the notification system. Advertising for apps in an alternative market started showing up on phones today, and Asiajin spotted users venting their frustrations on Twitter.

Trend Micro teams up with KDDI to make Android more secure

Trend Micro and KDDI have announced that they will be teaming up to ship Android smartphones that come out of the box with Trend Micro security protection. The smartphones packing in the new security software will start shipping in the middle of November. Trend Micro will load the smartphones up with its Virus Buster Mobile for au software.

KDDI creates Android app that measures user’s brainwaves with a headset

KDDI R&D laboratories in Japan has created integration between an Android smartphone and neural science that uses a headband with sensors to monitor brainwaves. The idea is that the app will allow the user to measure their concentration during things like gaming and meditation. The headband has small sensors inside that detect brain neural activity.

KDDI Infobar gets cool Android UI and DoCoMo shows off Palette UI

One of the things that many Android phone makers use to set their smartphones apart of the pack is a custom UI. A nice custom UI can make the phone easier to use and more attractive, but the UI can slow down updates too since it may need tweaking after an Android update is offered. Two Japanese carriers have offered a look at their future UIs for Android devices and KDDI has offered up some specs on one of the Android devices that might pack the slick looking UI.

KDDI INFOBAR A01 Presents Impressive Android Interpretation

Behold an excellent vision for the very capable Android 2.3 Gingerbread Google mobile OS. This is a vision as constructed by Japanese industrial designer / user interface specialist Naoto Fukasawa who takes the very popular INFOBAR design from KDDI and upgrades it to face off against the iPhone. While you may say "wait, why would he make this phone's UI look like Windows Phone 7 to compete with iPhone", you've got to appreciate the excellence of the layout.

KDDI Samsung SMT-i9100 Android Tablet a lock-in for March 11

It's been a long time since we first saw Samsung's SMT-i9100 Android tablet for Japanese carrier KDDI, but the 7-inch slate is almost here. According to KDDI, as of March 11, 2011, buyers will be able to pick up the Galaxy Tab-esque Froyo slate. The specs are unchanged, so you still get a 2-megapixel camera on the back, a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. There's a bundled docking station in the box, and a full charge is expected to last around 6hrs. No internal 3G, though, with KDDI suggesting you use a mobile hotspot instead. Frankly, with new Honeycomb slates arriving imminently, this no longer seems that great a device (and it was hardly ground-breaking four months ago); pricing will be the deciding factor, but KDDI isn't saying exactly what that will be until closer to launch day. [via Impress]

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.

Sharp IS03 sees 450,000 Japanese pre-orders

Sharp's IS03 has reportedly set new pre-order records for Android devices in Japan, with over 250,000 bought online ahead of the smartphone's launch on KDDI. Meanwhile, in-store pre-orders are believed to be in the region of 200,000. The online pre-orders alone make the IS03 five times more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in Japan. The figures come courtesy of market research analyst Kei Shimada. The IS03 is notable for its Retina Display-matching 960 x 640 resolution display and a 9.6-megapixel camera. [via Twitter]

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.
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