Virgin Mobile Launches Kyocera Event For Just $79.99

Kyocera recently launched a new entry-level smartphone, the Kyocera Event. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, however, it may or may not be upgraded to the newer Android 4.1 OS. The Kyocera Event is exclusively available for Virgin Mobile subscribers without any contract. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Check out the complete specs below.

Eric Anderson, general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications, said,
“Kyocera Event on Virgin Mobile is the perfect device for the millions of people buying their first smartphone, or those who simply want a full featured, yet affordable phone without a contract. Whether it’s the simple elegance of black or the stand-out-in-a-crowd confidence of RadioShack’s exclusive red, Kyocera Event has style and performance far beyond its affordable price tag.”

Kyocera Event features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz single-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and camcorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, GPS, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 8.7 hours of talk-time, up to 6.25 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.5 × 2.4 × 0.46 inches and weighs 4.1 oz.

Virgin Mobile USA is currently selling the black version of Kyocera Event for $79.99 without any service agreement. A red version of the phone will be available exclusively at RadioShack from March 3, 2013.

Kyocera Rise Goes On Sale At Virgin Mobile For Just $99.99

Kyocera is known for releasing entry-level smartphones powered by the Google’s Android Operating System. In the past, Kyocera has manufactured some unique handsets such as the Kyocera Echo, which was the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. Feature phone users does not easily upgrade to the smartphones because of two main reason — high cost and no hardware keyboard. To solve this problem, Kyocera announced the entry-level Kyocera Rise smartphone at the International CTIA Wireless 2012.

This handset is specially targeted at the the users with feature phones, who are planning to upgrade to an entry-level smartphone without losing the tactile keyboard or burning a hole in their pocket. Kyocera Rise runs on the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This device might not get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the future.

kyocera rise

Kyocera Rise is already available for Sprint subscribers on contract. However, Virgin Mobile subscribers can get this device at a very affordable price and without any service agreement. This handset packs a 3.5 inch IPS HVGA touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resplotion, 1 GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

On the back of the device, you will find a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. Sadly, there is no front-facing camera for video calls. Apart from that, you will get the usual MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 9 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Kyocera Rise comes with the unique “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power. You can also access more than 600,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. This handset is currently available for Virgin Mobile subscribers at an affordable price of just $99.99 without any contract. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Kyocera Rise Coming To Sprint On August 19 For $19.99

Earlier this year, Kyocera announced the entry-level Kyocera Rise smartphone at the International CTIA Wireless 2012. This handset will be available for Sprint and Virgin Mobile subscribers in the US. Kyocera Rise runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it features an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset is specially targeted at the users with feature phones, who are planning to upgrade to an entry-level smartphone without losing the tactile keyboard or burning a hole in their pocket.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”

Kyocera Rise features a 3.5 inch IPS HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Sprint ID and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, GPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.4×2.4×0.56 inches and weighs 5.54 oz.

Kyocera Rise comes with the unique “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power. Sprint customers can get this handset from August 15 for $19.99 after a $50 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. On the other hand, Virgin Mobile subscribers can get this device from August 31 for just $99.99 without any contract.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Gets A Software Update

Last year, Kyocera launched the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. The Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. It comes with a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and more.

The Kyocera Echo was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. However, Sprint later rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device. Now, Sprint is rolling out a new software update for this amazing smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that it is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The latest update comes with security update as well as other enhancements and fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.

kyocera echo

Changelog:

  • MMS audio cuts off after 8 seconds
  • Changes to roaming guard display
  • Activation of Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
  • Security update

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

Sprint Resumes The Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update

Kyocera Echo is an unique smartphone with dual touchscreen display. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 32 GB expandable memory and so on. As scheduled, Sprint rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Kyocera Echo smartphones from August 1. Unfortunately, the software update bricked the device instead of updating it.

kyocera echo

Sprint later announced that, the company will resume the rollout of the Android Gingerbread update from August 10. After waiting for nearly a week, Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, without having any issues faced earlier by the Kyocera Echo owners. Here’s the official statement from Sprint:

Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more. Every Echo customer should have the update within the next few weeks.

This update will be available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

  • ECO mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Improved powered management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

If you still face any issues while updating the device, please let us know in the comments below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Sprint Kyocera Echo To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update On August 1

Do you still remember the Kyocera Echo smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same phone, which runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a dual-touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset is  available  exclusively for the Sprint customers in the US. According to the latest Sprint playbook, the company will soon roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. The Gingerbread update is expected to come with the Swype 3.0, Improved powered management, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

kyocera echo

Changelog:

  • ECO mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Improved powered management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. This update will be available to the Kyocera Echo smartphone, starting from August 1. To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

Dual-Screen Kyocera Echo Now Available At Sprint

Earlier this year, Kyocera Communications announced the unique Kyocera Echo smartphone. It is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB internal memory, 3G connectivity and so on. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US.

Kyocera Echo was already up for pre-order, but today, Sprint officially launched this amazing dual-touchscreen smartphone. Kyocera Echo comes with the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and much more.

It comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, microUSB and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g.

Kyocera Echo is currently available for purchase in all the Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Kyocera Echo Up For Pre-Order At Sprint For $199.99

Last month, Kyocera Communications announced Kyocera Echo, the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. Kyocera Echo will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. It comes with an amazing VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

Recently, we posted that, Sprint will release the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone on April 17th for $199.99 on contract. If you are eagerly waiting to buy this handset, then you can pre-order this handset. Sprint has recently started taking pre-orders for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. If you are still unaware of the specs, then you can check out the complete specs below.

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1GB memory, 8GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Full HTML Web browser optimized for dual-screen experience and a 1370 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 mail rebate and a two years service agreement. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page.

Sprint To Launch Kyocera Echo On April 17 For $199.99

Last month, Sprint announced the Android powered Kyocera Echo smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system. Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Kyocera Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by the pivot hingefeature, that enables the two displays to operate independently. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Continuing to set the bar high in Android innovation, Sprint is thrilled to bring this industry-first device to the market,said Fared Adib, vice president Product, Sprint. Kyocera Echo’s unique dual-screen, Simul-tasking capabilities allow customers to do things they have never before done on a wireless handset. We believe customers will really appreciate and leverage the dual-screen capabilities and are excited to partner with Kyocera to bring this innovation to Sprint customers.”

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo Specifications:

  • 3.5 inch LCD WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 4.7 inches diagonal display
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and 2x digital zoom
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS
  • 1GB memory
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Digital compass
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • light sensor
  • 1370 mAh battery

Kyocera Echo comes with a full HTML web browser optimized for dual-screen experience. It also features the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other. Kyocera Echo will be available for purchase from April 17th in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this unique smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Sanyo Zio To Get Android 2.2 FroYo Update On Feb 21

sanyo zio

Sprint launched the Android powered Sanyo Zio during October 2010. This handset comes with the unique Sprint ID, which allows the Sanyo Zio users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers. Sanyo Zip originally runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, but Sprint recently announced that the Sanyo Zio users will get the much awaited Android 2.2 (FroYo) update from this week.

Sanyo Zio comes with a 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen display with virtual QWERTY keyboard, intuitive trackball for easy navigation, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video playback, MP3 player, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 512MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included, GPS, upto 4.6 hours of talk time and a 1130 mAH battery.

Sprint will roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Sprint Zio users starting from February 25th. The Android FroYo update will allow you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. It also comes with the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card, improved browsing experience, Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements and more. The Android 2.2 update will be pushed over a 5-day period, so please don’t panic, if you don’t receive the update on February 21, you will definitely get the it by the end of this month.