One of the more interesting technologies to emerge from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was a bone conduction speakerphone system Kyocera had to demonstrate. Rather than getting sound from the phone to our ears by using a speaker to create audible pressure waves in the air, this technology causes the phone itself to vibrate such that it directly transmits sound when held up against your head. The potential benefits are numerous, from helping keep calls private to making it possible to hear someone in a crowded environment. Now we get our first look at how Kyocera will bring [...]
It’s been quite some time since we’ve looked at any new phones coming out of Kyocera. Last year, we saw the company take a shot at an unusual design with the dual-screen Echo, but after that handset failed to catch-on, Kyocera started to drift off our radar. In the time since, we’ve seen it release the low-end Milano, and wondered when the company might have something more to show us. We’re still waiting for another phone that’s as interesting as the Echo, but in the meantime Kyocera has a new pair of Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones to reveal, the [...]
For all the benefits smartphones have brought us, there’s no denying that they, and cellphones in general, have had some negative impact on manners and propriety. Many people no longer think twice about checking-out at a grocery store while on a call the entire time, perhaps not even saying a word to the cashier directly. For some of us, these kind of lapses mean we forget that our phones’ speakerphones are for use in private, and not for broadcasting both sides of our conversations to the general public just because we don’t feel like holding the phone to our ear. If [...]
Kyocera’s Oblique first garnered our attention when some pics of the QWERTY slider showed up in early August, foretelling the smartphone’s eventual arrival on Sprint. Late in the month, a leaked Sprint document showed the phone again, but this time after undergoing a name-change to the Kyocera Milano. We had been expecting the phone to launch on September 9, and right on schedule, Sprint has officially announced the Milano’s addition to its line-up starting tomorrow.
The Milano will fill the role of a budget-priced, non-WiMAX messaging smartphone for Sprint. [...]
A leaked Sprint ad shows off the carrier’s continuing relationship with Kyocera, which will bring Sprint a new Gingerbread-running Android early next month.
The Kyocera Milano is a QWERTY slider that we last visited as the Kyocera Oblique that made its FCC appearance a few weeks back with Sprint bands in tow. The hardware is nothing to get excited about, with an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of flash, but the price isn’t bad: about $50 on-contract.
Look for the Milano to have a compact three-inch display (no word on resolution, but our [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through all that’s hot and all that’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. We start with Google purchasing Motorola Mobility and what that represents to the Android community. We talk briefly about all the leaked devices for the week and all the official releases. As always, we go through software updates and which devices are now open for Gingerbread. And finally, we also talk about the Motorola Photon 4G getting it’s boot loader unlocked, aside from all the rest of the devices, which can now be [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through all the leaks we discovered this week, and since the list is topped off by the LG Prada K2, trust me, they’re all good. We also go through current deals in Amazon Wireless and a cool service called GetJar for getting free Apps. We go through all the recent smartphone releases and even the phones we’re currently reviewing. Finally, we also talk about the new HTCDev.com portal for their future unlocked Bootloaders and all the progress with the CyanogenMod in the LG Optimus 3D.
Speaking of What’s Not Hot [...]
The Samsung Intercept on Sprint is rumored to be replaced by an upcoming Kyocera Android phone as of September 9. That Kyocera phone is called the Oblique and has recently just passed FCC but what even better is that we get a glance at the phone in both its pink and black variants.
Expect a QVGA screen on the QWERTY slider Kyocera Oblique along with EV-DO Rev. 0 support, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, three-megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We’re yet to see a picture with the phone’s keyboard but until then check out the images above and below of the two [...]
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 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 [...]
The Kyocera Echo represents a first for the entire smartphone industry: it is the first dual-screened phone, which is pretty impressive considering that Kyocera isn’t exactly known for smartphones. It runs on Sprint’s 3G network and is capable of running certain apps in parallel, granting you an experience similar to what you’d get on a desktop computer with dual monitors. But does it make sense to have dual displays on a smartphone, or is this just a novelty? And how did Kyocera do with their first smartphone? In this full review, we’ll give you our [...]