Breaking: Echo Not Not Getting WiFi Calling or NFC Support

Echo Update Page

Last night a page went up detailing the Kyocera Echo update, and within those details was two surprising features, NFC support and WiFi calling. As shocking as this is, it is not true. A spokesperson for Kyocera contacted me ad said the update page went up “too soon” and was not suppose to be published until today. He said everything is correct about the entire page except for the two features in question. He goes on to say that the features were “experimental” and was not to be included in the Android 2.3.4 update.

The update page will be corrected sometime this morning to reflect the actual new features and enhancements of the update. The gingerbread update is pushing out today over the air. Kyocera Echo owners should begin seeing the update over the next few days. The update does in the recently beta tested Swype 3.0. Also new to the Echo is an “Eco Mode” which allows users to pre-set certain battery levels which the phone will automatically disable battery consuming settings.

Android 2.3.4 upgrade (Gingerbread) features:

  • An upgrade to the Sype 3.0 virtual keypad, with Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text)
  • An improved Downloads application, offering easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application
  • Pinch-to-zoom in Browser, Gallery, Maps, & Sprint Navigation

Echo Mode
A customized app from Kyocera that helps users manage battery life on their devices. User can pre-set a point (Based on percentage of battery charge remaining) at which their phones will go into low-power-consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, Echo automatically will change various settings – chosen by the user – to conserve power, including Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Hpatic Feedback and Auto-Rotate Screen.*

Echo Highlights

  • Dual-3.5″ WVGA Touchscreen – combine to form a 4.7″ display
  • Three Phone Positions
    • Closed – pocketable format, instant access to touchscreen
    • Open Tilted – for convenient table top viewing of pics and videos
    • Open Flat – a 4.7″ large display
  • Four Operating Modes
    • Single-Screen Mode – with all the functionality of a single-display touchscreen Android smartphone
    • Simul-Task™ Mode – with two of the phone’s seven core apps running concurrently but independently on the device’s dual displays
    • Optimized Mode – with both displays supporting a single, optimized app with complementary functionality and enhanced usability
    • Tablet Mode – with one application spread across both screens for a full 4.7″ viewing area
  • Patent-pending pivot hinge – lightweight yet ultra-durable super copper allow hinge
  • 5 MP camera with flash, autofocus and and 720p HD camcorder

Apps & Messaging

  • Google™ mobile services including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™, instant message, Gmail™, YouTube™ and synchronization with Google Calendar™
  • Full HTML Web browser and Google search, optimized for dual-screen experience
  • VueQue™, a pre-loaded app that lets users watch a YouTube™ video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other
  • Corporate (MS Exchange Active Sync) and personal (POP & Imap) email access
  • Messaging – personal and business email, Google Talk™ instant message and text messaging
  • Sprint Zone™ one-stop wireless account access, phone tips, news and more
  • Access to Telenav GPS Navigator, Sprint TV® & more

Camera and Camcorder

  • 5 megapixel camera with zoom for incredible high quality shots
  • Dedicated side button – strategically placed, so there’s no more fumbling to get the shot
  • Camcorder with instant video playback

Media player and high-quality video streaming

Connectivity

  • EV-DO rev. A dual-band digital (800 & 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability (supports up to 5 devices)*
  • Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack

* Additional fees apply

Hinge

Kyocera used a Super Copper Alloy and advanced structural analysis to create a three-dimensional hinge design so unique it has six patents pending and so tough it has come through repeated severe durability testing with flying colors.

Bluetooth® Profiles

  • HSP (Headsets)
  • HFP1.5 (Hands-free Car Kits)
  • A2DP (Stereo Bluetooth)
  • AVRCP (Remote Control Profile)
  • GAVDP (Generic A/V Dist. Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • GOEP (Generic Object Exchange Profile)
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)

Additional Features

  • MicroSD memory card slot (supports up to 32GB microSDHC cards)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) with peak download speeds of 3.1 mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps: average download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps
  • Digital compass
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Light sensor
  • Speakerphone
  • USB 2.0
  • Supports multiple languages (Engish and Spanish)
  • TTY/TDD support for the hearing impaired
  • HAC compliant (rating: M4/T4)
  • GPS
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Caller ID
  • Customizable Photo ID
  • Predictive Text input
  • N11 digital pulse dialing

Battery & Talk Time

  • 1370 mAh Lithium ion battery
  • Talk Time: Up to 420 minutes (7 hours)

Times will vary based on user settings, feature use and network configuration.

Dimensions & Weight

  • Unit Dimensions 4.5 x 2.2 x 0.7 in. (115 x 56.5 x 17.2mm)
  • Unit Weight: 6.8 oz. (193 grams)

Display Specs

  • 3.5″, WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) TFT (x2), 262K-color
  • Capacitive touch panel

Mode

  • CDMA 1x EVDO Rev.A, dual-band digital (800, 1900 MHZ)
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11 b/g)

Processor

  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD8650 Android)

Operational Temperature

  • -22° to 140° F (-30° to 60° C)

Included Accessories

  • (2) 1370 mAh Lilon batteries
  • Portable Battery Charger
  • AC Charger with USB Cable
  • 8GB microSD memory card

Note: Eco Mode is available with the Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) upgrade.