Here we have the briefest of hands-ons with the new Sprint Kyocera Echo -- the dual-screen phone announced today in New York City. For the most part, what you see is what you get. You've got what appears to be a mild mannered smartphone -- albeit one with a second 3.5-inch screen tucked underneath. stack them on top of each other, and you have a 4.7-inch monster that's a near dead ringer for a Nintendo 3DS.
As far as other specs go, you've got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor pushing Android 2.2. And one thing we'll say at the outset -- with all the APIs Sprint and Kyocera have had to invent for the phone and its two screens, updates might take a little while. We'll just have to see.
Having just announced the all-new Kyocera Echo to the world, Sprint has also uploaded the above video to YouTube to give us a better overall look at the device itself. Thus far views have been rather mixed on the device with the majority of folks comparing it to looking more like a Nintendo DS then anything else. Stay tuned though; we'll get some more time with the device. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts about it. [YouTube]
Best Buy has announced that they will have exclusive rights to retail sales and pre-order of the HTC Thunderbolt, launching in mid-February. The press release makes note of the data speeds on Verizon's LTE network, gives an overview of Best Buy's services, and talks about their rich line-up of high end smartphones, but no pricing or a firm release date were given. You can read the presser, after the break. [Businesswire]
After accidentally outing it on their very own website, Sprint has officially announced the Kyocera Echo. It rocks two 3.5-inch screens that can be folded out to form one 4.7" viewing area - or if you like you can "simultask" by running a different app on each screen. Heck, you can put a full QWERTY landscape keyboard on one screen for faster typing.
Other specs: WiFi b/g, hotspot, 5mp camera, 720p camcorder, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB onboard memory, packed with an 8bg microSD card, 1370mAh battery and it comes with a charging cradle and a spare battery.
You'll nee to pay the extra $10 smartphone-fee that Sprint charges despite the fact that WiMAX 4G is nowhere to be seen. You'll also need to pony up an extra $29.99 / month for that mobile hotspot feature.
They say it'll be available for $199 (presumably on a 2-year contract) in the "spring." More details as we have them - check out our liveblog of the event for more. Full press release is after the break.
We're live at Sprint's event in New York City, where Sprint says it has "something up its sleeve." Illusionist David Blaine is schedule to appear, as is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. What will we get? Find out in our liveblog after the break. The show gets on the road at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST. Join us!
Android 2.4 will retain the "Gingerbread" codename and bridge compatibility with "dual-core" apps written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to rumors attributed to a source at Viewsonic. The reports from Pocket-Lint also suggest that version 2.4 will debut in April on Viewsonic's ViewPad 4.
"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."
There've been plenty of rumors involving Android 2.4 over the past couple of months. It was snapped on the Xperia Arc at CES, though Sony Ericsson later dismissed this as an error. Videos have also appeared of 2.4 apparently running on a German version of the Nexus S, though so far there's been no official confirmation of Android 2.4's existence.
As ever, though, rumors like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and launch dates -- especially unannounced and unconfirmed ones -- are always subject to change. [Pocket-Lint]
Anyone wanting to try out a Froyo leak on your U.S. Cellular Samsung Mesmerize? If so, then today is your lucky day as EA11 has now appeared online. You'll want to follow the guidelines posted up and remember, it is only for U.S. Cellular devices at this point, and you'll need to make use of ODIN. But it's stock and rooted so have at it, if you're down with that sort of thing. Feel free to discuss it in the forums as well. [XDA] Thanks, Greg!
T-Mobile wants to share a little love this Valentine's Day, and they are trying to win your heart with free phones. On Feb. 11 and 12 (hey, that's this weekend!) all phones on T-Mobile will be free. This includes their high end Android phones like the MyTouch 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the Samsung Vibrant.
Of course free really means you're tied to a two year agreement, and if you dig a little deeper into the press release you see that "Mail-in rebate card may apply". But if you were planning on sticking with T-Mobile for two years anyway, might as well score a free Android phone out of the deal. The full press release is after the break. [T-Mobile]
Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time). Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]
Having now wrapped up their XOOM commercial it looks as though Motorola has moved onto other devices in their stable. The Motorola Droid Bionic is seemingly what we are looking at above and it has now crossed the hands of the FCC seeking approval. Although it doesn't state it specifically it does have dual-band Wi-Fi and since that it one of the features of the Droid Bionic shared with Atrix 4G and not much else we're left to conclude on our own. Still no release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic as of yet but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Anyone still interested in grabbing the Droid Bionic upon release? [FCC via Engadget]
Update: It's now looking more like the XOOM as it has no LTE bands and a non-removable battery.
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