Android developer program launched by Kyocera for the dual-screen Echo
If you are interested in writing an app for the Echo, simply head over to the Kyocera Android Development page. According to the site, certain developers will be able to receive a loaner unit of the Echo to help develop applications for the handset. The manufacturer says it has already signed up some big names for its Android developer program.
The web site also shows 4 different modes for the Kyocera Echo. There is the Single-Screen Mode which functions like a single-display smartphone. The Simul-Task Mode allows 2 of the phone's 7 apps to run at the same time, independently, on each of the device's two screens. The Optimized Mode lets a single optimized app run on the dual-screens with compatible features designed specifically for each display. Finally, with the Tablet Mode, one app uses the entire 4.7 inch viewing area of the two screens put together.
While the initial response for the Kyocera Echo was just lukewarm when the phone was introduced, it is something different that might yet find a niche in the rapidly expanding market of Android models.
source: Kyocera via AndroidGuys
1. snowgator (Posts: 3385; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Kyocera better go all in on this device. Tough to be taken as a player in this field unless you do. I wasn't impressed with the roll out for the Echo, but I thought it had promise, and will give originality points to it. Still can't figure out why you wouldn't make it a 4G device on Sprint, though. Already makes it a mid-range offering to consumers without even touching the thing.
2. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
I'm hoping that there are some existing apps or some in development that will be awesome with the two screens. I'm not saying thousands or anything, but a solid core of a variety of dual screen dependent apps would really make this phone a success. i don't think it would take much at all to tweak most of the apps out there, like the youtube app -- all it needed was showing an existing screen in addition to the one playing but it makes it a lot more functional. I see a lot of potential in this phone and hope it does well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not just all over this phone or anything, but at least there is a company out there trying to innovate and not just make yet another regular touchscreen with virtually the same specs as dozens of others. If this phone does decent and some good apps get made for it, more dual screen phones could follow. I think it's LG that has shown a demo model of one.
3. Kyoboy (unregistered)
There is a Dual Screen application called Vue-Que that allows you to pick a You Tube video, view it in one screen but on the bottom screen you can select additional videos and let them buffer and they will play when the original video is done! Its pretty freaking sweet. Also, it isn't well talked about but the ECHO does come with an additional battery, Charging Sled, 8 Gig MICRO SD Card and Data Cable in the box with the phone.
4. DollUnit (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2011)
I wasn't thrilled by this device when it was first announced, but I had the opportunity to go to a training for it through work and it impressed me. Very solid build, and the software was very good as well specifically the apps made for the device like Vue-Que and the custom email browser. They even have a fully functioning SNES emulator available for the device which I believe he said was made by the developer of SNesoid, and we were told they are working with Nintendo to make it a functioning DS.
5. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)
I just want a company like HTC or Samsung to make a phone like this. Then it would be amazing.