Back when the Kyocera Echo was announced in co-operation with Sprint, Kyocera made mention they were going to be opening up a new developer program. That program was to be opened for app developers looking to gain access to all the special API needed to make apps work on Kyocera Echo's dual-screens.

Today, Kyocera has opened the doors to that developer program and as was noted in their press release, has already accepted some larger organizations. If you're interested in signing up you can hit the source link for the homepage -- or if you prefer, you'll find the full press release after the break, which gives some great insight into how things will work. [Kyocera via Businesswire]

Kyocera Launches Android Developer Program, Attracts Leading Application Developers to Support the New Dual-Touchscreen Kyocera Echo Smartphone

First Dual-Touchscreen Smartphone to Debut at Sprint on April 17 with Optimized Applications Available from Industry Leaders Including EA, Gameloft, Namco Bandai, MobiTV, Jibe Mobile, Telenav and More

CTIA WIRELESS 2011

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the formal launch of the Kyocera Android Developer Program at the CTIA Wireless 2011 trade show. The announcement follows last month’s introduction of the Kyocera Echo™, the first dual-touchscreen smartphone, which will launch exclusively at Sprint (NYSE:S) on April 17. The Developer Program, hosted at www.echobykyocera.com/developers, includes a software development kit (SDK) and additional materials to support the creation of Android™ applications optimized for Echo’s dual-touchscreen platform.

“Kyocera Echo’s unique design gives third-party developers a new opportunity to enhance and showcase the full functionality of their applications, without being restricted by screen space”

Kyocera already has received strong support from many well-known members of the Android developer community. The developers are creating and/or optimizing applications and features spanning across multiple popular categories including gaming, social networking, location-based services (LBS), mobile entertainment and productivity.

  • Gaming – Kyocera Echo’s dual touchscreens are ideally suited for action-packed mobile gaming. Game play can span the top 3.5-inch display with controls accessible through the bottom display or a game can expand over both displays in “Tablet Mode” for double the fun. Kyocera is working with some of the industry’s most popular companies to create unique gaming experiences, including:
    • The Sims 3 from Electronic Arts: Bringing the worldwide popularity of The Sims™ franchise to the Kyocera Echo gives consumers instant access to the award-winning The Sims 3 from Electronic Arts. The Sims 3 is preloaded on the Kyocera Echo allowing players to bring their Sim instantly to life with a customized personality that can be neurotic, funny or shy along with personalized appearances, clothing and accessories. Players decide their Sim’s character making them flirtations or solitary, friendly or rude, helpful or unaccommodating. Players fulfill their Sim’s essential needs such as eating and sleeping to increase the amount of activities they can do around town. Optimized for the dual screens by using one display for game action and the other for controls, The Sims 3 players lead their Sim through life with over 70 goals and wishes to help each Sim reach their full potential. Long live The Sims!
    • Gameloft: A preloaded icon links to a Gameloft download site, which will, over the course of the launch period, feature six games optimized for the dual touchscreens: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, Assassins Creed™ Altaïr’s Chronicles HD, N.O.V.A.- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.
    • NAMCO BANDAI™ Games America: A preloaded icon links to Namco's digital marketplace, which will initially feature four games optimized for Echo’s dual displays: PAC-MAN, Pool Pro Online 3, More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima and Crush the Castle.
  • Social Networking Kyocera Echo’s dual touchscreens mean maximum posting, sharing and tweeting space! The device, preloaded with the Jibe 2.0 Social Messenger app by Jibe Mobile, brings together social media and instant messaging to simplify mobile conversations and facilitate sharing across multiple social media networks including Facebook®, MySpace, Twitter™, Google Talk™, YouTube™, Flickr® and Picasa™. The Jibe solution provides customized news feeds and media channels with interactive sharing, allowing users to read, post and share messages and information with just one application. News junkies can post messages or add comments to multiple SNS (social network services) feeds with a single action and view friends’ messages from various services on one application filtered by time, person or service.
  • Mobile Entertainment – An optimized version of Sprint TV®, powered by MobiTV, Inc.’s technology platform, gives users access to live and VOD content from ESPN, NBC, ABC and more, using one display as a viewer and the other display for controls. mSpot® provides Sprint Radio, preloaded on Kyocera Echo, rounding out the entertainment experience on the handset. Additional mobile entertainment customized for the dual screens will be available post-launch.
  • Location-Based Services (LBS) – The first mobile device preloaded with the “Sparkle”™ platform from Location Labs, Kyocera Echo will give users on-demand location access to family finder, social gaming, fraud detection, phone detection, mobile marketing and more. Additionally, TeleNav GPS Navigator™ takes advantage of the device’s dual screens, allowing users to display maps and traffic on one screen while accessing search or other controls on the other display. Alternatively, users can simply extend navigation over both screens for maximum viewing space.
  • Productivity – Swype™, the ‘superfast’ text entry technology, allows users to input text at more than 40 words per minute with one continuous finger motion and has been customized for Kyocera Echo, giving users a supersized touchscreen keypad spanning an entire 3.5-inch display.

“Kyocera Echo’s unique design gives third-party developers a new opportunity to enhance and showcase the full functionality of their applications, without being restricted by screen space,” said Yasuhiro Ohishi, vice president of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. “Echo supports virtually all applications available from Android Market, yet we’re excited to see so many developers embracing the new format and optimizing existing and new applications for the dual displays.”

Kyocera Echo - first dual-touchscreen Android™ smartphone

With innovative hardware and optimized software Echo provides 4-in-1 versatility to maximize the Android experience. When closed, Echo operates in Single-Screen Mode for full smartphone functionality; Simul-Task™ Mode allows for two of the phone’s seven core apps (messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, phone, gallery, contacts and VueQue™) to run concurrently but independently on the dual displays; Optimized Mode lets both displays support a single, optimized app with complementary functionality and enhanced usability; and Tablet Mode expands an application across both displays for a full 4.7-inch viewing area (diagonally).

Kyocera Echo is available on April 17, exclusively from Sprint, for $199* with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). Beginning March 26, consumers can visit www.sprint.com/echo to "Reserve Now" and be among of the first to get their hands on Echo. Additional information about the product is available at www.echobykyocera.com.

About Kyocera Communications Inc.

Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) is the headquarters for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless products and accessories in the Americas. The company's devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera purchased QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer wireless phone business in 2000, while the latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. For more information, please visit http://www.kyocera-wireless.com or follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, office-document imaging equipment, solar power generating systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company's net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately US $11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine's 2010 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

 

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Kyocera launches Android Developer Program to support the dual-touchscreen Echo

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I don't get the point of simultasking at all. They point out that you can do two things going at the same time but does that really matter when you can only respond to one thing at a time

How is seeing twitter on the top screen and Facebook on the bottom screen and then replying to the Tweet or replying to something on Facebook different than Replying to a tweet holding the home button ands then selecting Facebook from recent apps?

it can come in handy if you need to cut and paste from one app to another. Rather than having to select then copy. Close app. Start up other app and paste you can have both apps running. Sure you can only respond to one app at a time but you can still monitor 2 apps. If android has a single flaw is it's inability to truly multitask. This phone helps address that issue. That's the only thing webos has on android. True multitasking.

this phone should have dual core, there shouldn't be a giant bar between both screens, it should have gingerbread, it should have a forward facing camera, a bigger battery. It definitely has it's flaws, being able to run two apps at once is not one of them.

great proof of concept, terrible execution.

So the phone won't benefit you...it's a gadget. I am not a big fan of this phone either, but let's see what happens instead of speculating. I think there is some benefits to the split screens.

Let's say you are IM'ing with a friend, or in your case "Facebook" and during that chat your friend or family member posts pictures in an album. You could still carry on the chat, open browser on bottom screen and view pics seamlessly. Or you are blogging and during that blog you remember something like a link. You could open another app/browser and copy/paste without having to close out and re-open. I like the idea posted in the caption with box stats on the bottom and the game streaming on the top. You can't think that wouldn't be useful to die hard baseball fans.

It's new and the idea is in it's infancy. But there are devs that are going to want to make themsleves famous on another platform. This is the closest thing to multi-tasking on a mobile phone that you will get. There is not another phone out there (to my knowledge) that you can be doing one task without another application open on the screen that can be utilized at the same time.

yeah even webos falls short on being ble to access 2 apps at the same time. They can be open and running and you can switch between them seamlessly but it still involves switching visible apps.

as far as developers rewriting their code so it works with this, unless it's something minor, I don't see it happening. Kyceras best bet would have been to use honeycomb which seems to already be able to do things between 2 frames. Each screen could be used to display each frame.

The point is to look up info for something on google on ur top screen and text over the info to who needs it on the bottom screen. And using the entire bottom screen as the keyboard is the best design for a touch screen keynoard ever. If only it was 3d we would be on top of the world o and 4g. 4g is why this phone isnt bought like it should. It changes my entire operation and useage of my cell phone.its now my life line not just to have the wife call and yell at me anymore. Now I can video chat on one screen and read my email on the other

Fail!

Sorry Kyocera- developers are not going to spend the time designing stuff for your one, oddball phone's special feature.

seriously, after months of being the brunt of most phone related jokes they still haven't gotten the message? I'm just gonna take a shot in the dark here and assume that not a single developer (not paid by sprint or kyocera) will be seriously writing any apps specifically for this phone. I just don't understand why companies insist on throwing away advertising and development dollars on a device that clearly has no interest.

I think Kyocera knows that apps make the experience what it is. If they can get the proper developers behind them and create optimized content for the phone, it might finally create some end-user interest.

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Ok, I know...I'm the only one who's interested in this phone. I don't see a ton value in the simul-tasking. I am mainly interested in having a 'mini-tablet' when I want, and a phone when I want...without having to carry around 2 devices.

There are many times where I'm at my daughters swim meets, or my son's track meets, waiting at the airport, etc, etc... I would be able to flip this open, watch a movie, surf the web, etc, without lugging around another device & charger.

I wish it was thinner, had better hardware specs, but I'm willing to give it serious consideration. Its definitely an odd duck, but it just might work for me.