Kyocera Echo

Android Community Yearly Wrap-Up: 2011

This past year we've seen the Android OS grow to unimaginable heights and it has helped reassure its adopters time after time they are in good hands. Through the countless devices we've handled and reviewed, the devices and merchandise given away, and events we've attended - 2011 been one of our best year's! Though indiscrete after a while, one of our biggest changes was our AC logo. It proved to be a much welcome change to the entire community. Also, this is the first year of Device.AC - our Android Community device database. Its got the specific specs of the latest and greatest to earliest and iconic Android devices. The release of Google+ and Google Music were quite significant as well. They have brought us closer to acquaintances of all kinds - whether it be friends or co-workers.

HTC EVO 4G and Kyocera Echo hitting end of life

Well folks, we knew this day was coming eventually for the highly highly popular HTC EVO 4G, and I'm sure plenty expected it for the Kyocera Echo but today both of these Android smartphones have hit EOL (End of Life). Obviously the EVO 4G lasted much longer than the other and its reign has lasted a long time. Being the first 4.3" Android phone powered by 4G it was a sure hit and I still see the EVO 4G more than most to this day.

Kyocera Echo gets Gingerbread update and cool new features

If you have the Kyocera Echo Android smartphone, the gingerbread Android 2.3.4 update is available for you to apply to your device. We went hands on with the Echo in March. The new update brings some nice features to the Echo that a bunch of people will really appreciate. The upgrades include notables like the ability to make calls over the internet when using a WiFi connection. The update also brings NFC communications to interact with posters, ads, and products.

Sony Ericsson XPEIRA acro Presentation Pics Leaked

The following is a collection of presentation slides that appears to have been leaked from Sony Ericsson Japan. The slides show a device by the name of XPERIA acro which will roll out with interior and exterior aesthetics quite similar to those seen on recent XPERIA phones, with one or two major exceptions. In order to fly into the Japanese smartphone market, one that's still nothing compared to the flip-phone market mind you, a device must have instant-payment capabilities. That why this sassy little lady has NFC.

Kyocera Katsura Android “Gaming Tablet” Photos Leaked [EXCLUSIVE]

Well this is odd, to say the least. We've been passed some relatively blurry photos of what our super secret source is telling us is called the Kyocera "Katsura." Our source preferred to remain anonymous but didn't mind being called "our man in Eastern Europe." He wouldn't say where he was living, or where the photos were taken, but we've got to assume it's within a few fathoms of Kyoto Japan, since that's where Kyocera is based, yet still in an area where Euros are used, as a 10p Euro coin is pictured in one of the photos.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Presented at CTIA 2011 in an Odd Display [VIDEO]

Let's talk for a moment about the Kyocera Echo that'll be carried by Sprint in the very near future. Since you've more than likely seen this phone before, and you'll certainly seen it explained at great length again by yours truly when a review model becomes available, I thought we'd take a little bit of a non-traditional approach to this situation by filming from the perspective of someone being presented this device at CTIA 2011.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Startup Sequence [EXCLUSIVE]

Whilst having another look at the Kyocera Echo at the Kyocera booth during CTIA 2011, we happened upon a unit that was switched off. Deciding to check to see if anything magical would happen if we switched the device on while filming, we hit the on button with our camera rolling. As it happens, it does indeed have a unique startup sequence, and now in this video you're going to get to see it! Apologies in advance for the undeniably horribly terribly screen full of fingermarks! Take it as a sign that a lot of people are pumped up about this phone.

Kyocera Echo available for preorder through Sprint

With the new Kyocera Echo Dual Screen Android device coming April 17th to Sprint, the Now Network has set up a reservation and preorder site to purchase this odd, yet entertaining smartphone. The price at pre-order is $199.99 after a $100 instant rebate and requires a new line activation (or eligible upgrade) on a two year contract. Users can also get the Echo with an Everything plan with Data, or premium data add-on and a two year deal. And the site isn't just a reservation site either, as Sprint is getting playful with a "challenge to a dual," and a gunslinger shooting at you and getting you to play the Bottle Bustin' Bandits game. In the game, users can also enter to win an Echo through the Duel for a Dual Sweepstakes.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Hands-On

It's one of the oddest devices you're ever going to hold in your hands, and that's not just in the Android gene pool. This is the Kyocera Echo, the dual-screen Android smartphone announced by Sprint earlier this year with David Blaine the magician. Certainly a memorable event to say the least. This device is made to appeal to your need to have a device that absolutely noone else has, a device that would scare away the meek of heart, a device like you've never seen before! We've wrapped our fingers around its odd panels and buttons and the results are just as odd as the concept.

Kyocera Echo needs App Developers

Just looking at the sweet dual screen design of the Kyocera Echo, it's easy to see the potential. More real estate means more capability for apps. And being a dual, split screen can also mean more specific development that needs to be done on Android apps it will use. Kyocera knows it, so they're enacting a program to entice more app developers to create content for the dual screen platform. Developers will have access to the Echo Software Development Kit and other tools which will enable them to optimize their apps for the dual screen platform.
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