Review: Kyocera Echo
Most applications from the Android Market will work on the Echo. When used in Single Screen mode, it behaves as any other Android device, so you're covered in that respect. As mentioned earlier, there are only a few apps that support the Simul-Task and Optimized modes. They are already on board, and I didn't see any more in the "Echo Top App" tool on the Echo. Presumably more will become available over time. Any Android app will work in the tablet mode, which essentially just stretches everything out to fill the screen.
The Echo can connect with mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, though sound quality through both mono and stereo headsets was miserable. The Echo can also be used to push pictures (and other files) between devices, such as PCs or other phones.
The Echo offers two options for directions: Google Maps and TeleNav. Both are free. I enjoy Google Maps and think it does a great job of providing directions. TeleNav is a solid alternative, though, and Sprint doesn't charge for its use. Both will get you from here to there with no problems. The TeleNav app also offers voice commands, though they only worked about half of the time.
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Hands-On: Kyocera Echo
Our hands-on impressions of the innovative new Kyocera Echo Android smartphone for Sprint. See what dual screens can do for you.
Kyocera Echo Sports Two Displays, Hinged Design
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Echo, a new Android 2.2 smartphone that has a unique, two-display design. The device has dual 3.5-inch displays that are attached to a pivoting hinge, allowing one display to be hidden behind the other or both displays placed next to one another.
Sprint's NYC Event to Yield Kyocera Android Phone
According to unnamed sources cited by BusinessWeek, Sprint plans to unveil a new Kyocera smartphone at an event planned for New York City on Monday, Feb. 7.
Kyocera's Echo to Be Dual-Screen Android Smartphone
The Wall Street Journal today reports that Sprint intends to introduce a new Android-based smartphone from Kyocera that is equipped with dual 3.5-inch touch displays. The Journal, citing sources familiar with Sprint's plans, says the Echo has adjustable screens that can be placed side-by-side, and users will be able to drag content from one screen to the other.
Kyocera Launches Developer Program to Support Echo
Kyocera today launched the Kyocera Android Developer Program, which it hopes will entice developers to target its Android devices, such as the dual-display Echo. The program contains the tools developers need, such as a software developers kits, so that developers may create applications optimized for the Echo and its two displays.