The robot servant continues its manifestation as Amazon has now bolstered its software on its tube-like speaker-endowed device. The Echo has been on the market for a couple months now as a standalone voice assistant product, unlike Google Now, Cortana or Siri. In Amazon’s case, the service is named Alexa. And with this update, among other new features, third-party apps can now develop specific voice commands for Alexa to recognize and interact with the apps.
Three apps came on with these “Skills” today: StubHub, Math Puzzles and Crystal Ball. You can now ask [...]
At the beginning of August, Kyocera Echo users on Sprint started receiving an update to bring their dual-screen Androids up to Gingerbread. Sadly, it looks like some more testing might have been in order, since once that update started going out, Echos started dying. When Sprint saw so many users bringing in bricked phones to its stores, it put a halt on the update’s distribution. Now, it looks like Kyocera and Sprint are making another go at it, with the updated update heading back out to users today.
The companies haven’t revealed just what the problem was with the [...]
It was just a couple of days ago that the dual-screen Kyocera Echo received its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and, after negative feedback from customers that are having problems, the carrier has now suspended the update.
According to the image above, the Kyocera Echo Gingerbread update that started to roll out on August 1 is now suspended. The reason for this measure is that there were quite a couple of users that reported performance issues and even bricks after applying the refresh. Now the manufacturer and the carrier are working together to troubleshoot the issue and [...]
Last week brought word of an imminent update for the Kyocera Echo on Sprint, moving the phone up to Gingerbread. Today, the carrier as well as the manufacturer have confirmed the update, beginning to go out OTA now. Through the leaked info from last week, we knew about a few of the features this release would bring, like a newer edition of Swype, but today’s announcements have included some curious mentions of new-found NFC abilities.
On Kyocera’s site, news of the update initially included two features that have since been taken down: calling over WiFi, and NFC [...]
We think it’s fair to say that, at one point or another, most smartphone users have found themselves frustrated at the time needed to get the latest and greatest OS update out for their phone. Some manufacturers are more prompt than others, but it’s a feeling that most of us can relate to. There are those times, though, when we totally get why a company might need a little extra time to pull an update together, due to one extenuating circumstance or another. We think that having dual screens certainly falls into that category, which is why it’s great to see Kyocera [...]
The Kyocera Echo tries to be a game-changer being the first dual-screened phone running Android and, in our review and testing, we found the hinge to be very robust. The manufacturer shows us just how robust the Echo is, something we have to confess we did not try ourselves.
The screens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass which is very scratch resistant and durable while the hinges are made out of “indestructible super copper alloy”. In the video below, Kyocera claims they tested the hinge 100,000 times, dropped the phone from any angle. Watch the video below and [...]
The Kyocera Echo had so much potential, but we were left under-impressed with the hardware design. Even if it won’t end up replacing any of our favorite single-screen smartphones, it still planted a seed: is there a way to make a dual-screen Android that’s useful, affordable, and well-made? While it’s still a ways off from being a commercial product, a prototype design from Imerj and Frog revisits the idea, and seems to have learned from at least some of Kyocera’s mistakes.
For starters, the prototype, known only as the “2-in-1 smartpad”, uses [...]
The Kyocera Echo might be one of the most unique phones in recent memory. The dual-display Android 2.2 handset on Sprint can do some interesting party tricks by running two applications on two screens at the same time. Simul-tasking is what Kyocera calls it. In our review, we gave the Echo a weak 2.5/5, because we felt that while the concept was interesting, the execution could have been better: the Echo isn’t exactly speedy, plus it is ugly, heavy, and has poor build quality.
It seems that we’re not the only ones that question whether the device is compelling enough [...]