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 [...]
Earlier we showed you exactly how the Kyocera Echo can operate with two displays. In this video, we show you the apps that come on the device, plus give you a tour of the settings.
Besides a lot of crapware from Sprint, the Echo comes with a link to Kyocera’s website, which showcases the important Tablet Extension App (which allows you to run most third party apps in tablet mode), plus some recommended apps. The recommended apps are pretty low quality, and don’t work with the simul-task functionality of the Echo, leaving us confused as to why Kyocera would feature [...]
In episode 12 of the Pocketnow Podcast, we talk about the Kyocera Echo and whether two screens make sense, Samsung prepping 2GHz dual core chips for net year, Apple seeding iPhone 4’s to developers with A5 chips, the NoDo Windows Phone 7 update for AT&T devices, the missing features of Windows Phone 7 mango, the Xperia Arc coming to the USA, Apple suing Samsung, iOS 5.0, and the Samsung Infuse 4G landing in about a month.
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After looking at the hardware of the Kyocera Echo on Sprint, you might be left wondering just how the device operates with its two screens. Since Android wasn’t built for multiple displays, Kyocera had to do a lot of work to design the UI around the two screens. We’re excited to say that the way the Echo handles this feat is quite smart, but there are a few caveats.
Essentially, with the two screens out, apps can operate in one of three modes. The first is tablet mode, which requires a small piece of software from the Android market. Tablet mode will stretch an [...]
After a pleasing unboxing experience, we wanted to take a more in-depth look at the hardware of the Kyocera Echo. As the first dual-screened smartphone on the market, we were very curious as to how Kyocera put all the pieces together to provide the user with one or two screens on which to watch movies, check email, and much more. The hinge lets you position the two screens in one of three ways. The first is the single-screen view, where you can use the Echo just like any other Android phone. The second is the tilted-screen view, which provided a comfortable angle for typing (since the [...]
The Echo is a big deal for Sprint, Kyocera, and the entire smartphone industry. For Sprint, they score yet another exclusive by offering the first dual-screened smartphone. For Kyocera, they’re entering the US market in a big way with a non-vanilla Android phone. And for the smartphone industry, they’re waiting and watching to see how consumers respond to having a multi-screened phone.
Do two screens make sense, or are we talking about a mere novelty? That’s the question we hope to answer for you as we spend some quality time with the Kyocera [...]
If you’ve been a dedicated Sprint customer for years, or have a plan that meets the minimum monthly requirements, you may already be a member of the carrier’s Sprint Premier program, earning you discounts and letting you upgrade phones more frequently. The latest perk for Premier members lets you buy a new Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android before anyone else.
The Echo will be available to most of us this Sunday, April 17, but Premier members get a bit of a head-start. Sure, it might convey more bragging rights if Sprint was to let its users get a new phone a week or [...]
We weren’t super impressed with the admittedly-intriguing Kyocera Echo when we went hands-on at CTIA, but our main qualm at the time was the chintzy build quality of the device, specifically the patented hinge mechanism that connects the two screens. Well with Radio Shack’s new Echo simulator, you can experience all the fun of “simul-tasking” with none of the worry that your $200 investment is just one cracked plastic hinge away from a paperweight.
Build quality aside, the first transforming smartphone is bound to attract at least a few interested [...]
The Sprint Kyocera Echo is undeniably a neat idea, and though we’re not sure the phone’s implementation quite meets up with its potential, it’s an Android unlike anything else out there, and one that’s sure to draw attention. Sprint will start selling the dual-screen phone on April 17 for around $200 with contract, and has now opened up pre-orders for anyone interested in securing one.
You certainly get more screen space than any other smartphone with the folded-open Echo, but you’re going to have to decide for yourself if that extra real estate [...]
Kyocera is taking advantage of the 2011 CTIA wireless expo to demonstrate four of it’s newest design concepts. A stark departure from the current trend, these designs seek to blur the lines between biology and technology, becoming more integrated with the individual holding it. Some of the designs appear to be rather unwieldy however, looking more at home in an art gallery rather than in your pocket.
Emotive – “70% of how we communicate is through our non verbal body language. This means only 30% of our intended message is conveyed through [...]
Kyocera’s Echo, the first dual-screen Android powered smartphone to hit the market was demoed at CTIA today, and we have some hands-on footage of the device.
Thanks to the help of a free application called “Tablet Mode Extension” provided by Kyocera, homescreens, widgets, and applications can be split across both screens. The same set of buttons (home, menu, back) can be found on both screens, with the right screen’s buttons becoming inactive while the device is in tablet mode. Also available is “Simul-Task” mode which allows running a [...]
Sprint has yet to announce an exact release date for the Echo, though given that it has just passed the FCC, we might be getting closer to it hitting store shelves.
The Kyocera Echo for Sprint is the first dual-screened Android phone. It allows you to use both screens for different apps, or both screens to stretch an app to a higher resolution view of the onscreen elements. Each display is WVGA resolution, which will provide you with a big windows of content when viewing the web, browsing email, and doing other tasks. When we went hands-on with the Echo at the Sprint event, the [...]
A couple weeks ago we caught wind of a Froyo update coming to the Kyocera-manufactured Sanyo Zio on Sprint. While that was happy news for Sprint users, the Zio also has a home on Cricket, where the software has been stuck at Android 1.6 since the phone’s release (Sprint was at least already at 2.1 before this most recent update). Now those users are finally getting the Froyo love as well, since Cricket has started making its own update available.
You’ll need a WiFi connection to snatch the update, which comes as a series of three downloadable packages. Availability [...]
If the insider Sprint update documents Android Central got its hands on pan out, not only do we have confirmation of the earlier rumored February 21 Froyo update for the Epic 4G, but also our first news on a Froyo update coming to a bit of an Android underdog, the Sanyo Zio.
Both updates are scheduled to begin on the 21st, with the Zio maintenance planned to take place over the following five days. According to the Sprint documents, users should look for a three-part update and try to retrieve over WiFi if at all possible.
Considering the Zio is still on Android 1.6 with [...]
The Sprint Kyocera Echo took us by surprise on many levels. Never did we expect a company–not exactly infamous for smartphones–to do something as radical as bring a “first” to the industry.
Before we tell you what we think of the concept of a dual-display Android phone, let’s talk about the Echo and exactly how it works.
First, let’s go over the hardware. The phone, as you might expect, is a bit of a tank. It has sharp edges, a very boxy design, and a rather thick profile. That said, it’s not much thicker than (name [...]
Unless you are a member of the media and were present at the Sprint event in New York, you didn’t get a chance to see the official on-stage demo of the Echo, which is the first dual-screen Android phone. While we showed you plenty of hands-on coverage with the device, we also recorded the demonstration which was displayed on a massive model of the Echo. Here it is!
Just as expected, Sprint and Kyocera revealed the Echo this evening at a New York City event, making it the first dual-screen Android smartphone.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse showed off a giant mock-up of the Echo, demonstrating the phone’s unique construction. Rather than a clamshell design, like the dual-screened Nintendo DS construction, the Echo will always have one of its touchscreens exposed on the phone’s exterior, letting you use it like any standard Android slate. When you need more screen real estate, that display hinges up and out, reminiscent of the mechanism in [...]