Kyocera rolls out Android developer program

ORLANDO, Fla.--With its Kyocera Echo dual-touchscreen smartphone slated to arrive via Sprint (NYSE:S) on Apr. 7, Kyocera Communications launched a new developer program here at CTIA Wireless 2011, promising Android programmers the tools and resources to build applications optimized for the device. The Kyocera Echo App Development website includes an SDK, a reference guide, sample code and support outreach options--the site also includes details on a loaner handset program and app marketing opportunities.

The Echo runs Android 2.2 and includes a Webkit-based browser and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. According to Kyocera, the Echo operates in single-screen mode when closed; Simul-Task Mode allows two of the smartphone's seven core apps (messaging, email, web browsing, phone, gallery, contacts and VueQue video) to run concurrently but independently on the dual displays, Optimized Mode lets both displays support a single, optimized app with complementary functionality, and Tablet Mode expands the app across the two screens, corresponding to a 4.7-inch viewing area.

Kyocera notes that the Echo is particularly suited to application categories including gaming, social networking, location-based services, mobile entertainment and productivity. Firms including Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Jibe Mobile, MobiTV, Location Labs, TeleNav and Swype are already creating Echo-specific apps and solutions.

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