Review: Kyocera Echo
The Echo uses the stock Android music player application. The stock media player is bare bones, but it does get the job done. You can sort through your playlists, artists, albums and songs easily enough, and album art comes through properly when tagged to the music. The media player can be sent to the background while you do other things such as browse the web or check Twitter.
I suppose I am disappointed that the Echo doesn't do anything fancy-schmancy with the music app, but that's just me.
The device also includes Sprint Radio, and of course can access any music apps from the Android Market.
The Echo has a new video application on board called VueQue. It integrates with Google's YouTube service and lets users watch a video on one screen while they surf and queue up another in the screen below.
From the video searching tool, you simply grab a video and drag it over to your queue. The queue supports at least 10 videos at a time, and they'll automatically play as you continue watching. It's definitely a neat upgrade to the basic YouTube experience.
The Echo also offers the normal YouTube application, Sprint Football Live, NASCAR, and Sprint TV & Movies. These apps all behave exactly as they do on other handsets.
Our hands-on impressions of the innovative new Kyocera Echo Android smartphone for Sprint. See what dual screens can do for you.
Feb 7, 2011
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.
Aug 1, 2011
Kyocera has confirmed to Phone Scoop that a software update will be distributed to the Echo smartphone starting today. The device brings most features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Echo.
Mar 21, 2011
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.
Mar 14, 2011
Sprint today announced that it will offer the Kyocera Echo dual-screened Android device for sale starting April 17 for the price of $199.99. It will be available on all Sprint retail channels on that date.