Sprint, Kyocera Debut First Dual-Screen Android Smartphone

NEW YORK — Sprint and Kyocera kicked off their joint introduction of the Kyocera

Echo, the first dual-screen Android smartphone, with a performance by the

illusionist David Blaine at an event off Times Square on Feb. 7. Wearing a

three-piece suit and sitting casually at a table, Blaine smoked a cigar and

sipped a glass of wine, among other relaxed gestures — while submerged in tank of

water for a mind-boggling amount of time. Ten minutes? Fifteen?

“I think we

all wish we could have some of David’s magic in our lives,” Sprint CEO Dan

Hesse said, taking the stage afterward with Kyocera Senior Executive Officer

Junzo Katsuki and working to somehow tie the intro of the Echo to what the

audience, a little more perplexed than enthusiastic, had just witnessed.

If not exactly

magic, what the pair introduced might at least pleasantly surprise: a

smartphone with two touch-screens that can run two applications “simultaneously

and independently,” said Hesse. Users can, for example, watch a video on one

screen and browse the Web on the other. Or they can perform complementary tasks

such as watching a YouTube video on the top screen while queuing up clips on

the bottom screen. They also work to a complementary effect in e-mail, which

shows the inbox on one side and an open e-mail in the other. (In landscape or

portrait modes, ta da!)

The 3.5-inch

LCD WVGA touch-screens can also work together — in “tablet mode” — as a single

4.7-inch (on the diagonal) screen for watching a movie or reading. Or, for a

bit of old-fashioned fun, one can slide one screen behind the other and look at

one thing at a time.

For more, read the eWeek article: Sprint, Kyocera Introduce Echo, the First Dual-Screen Android Smartphone.

CIO Insight Staff
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