It's that time of year when Japanese carriers announce their lineups of new phones for the coming summer months. KDDI / au and NTT Docomo were first to make their announcements, with both companies heavily focusing on Android 4.0 devices. SoftBank is yet to show off its summer collection, but should be doing so before the month is out.
We talk to Frog's Paul Pugh about how to make Android more accessible
At its summer launch event in Tokyo, Japanese carrier Softbank announced a trio of Android phones, including Sharp's Aquos Phone Xx 106SH and Aquos Phone 102SHII, and Fujitsu's Arrows A 101F.
SoftBank has announced the "fastest in history" mobile router, the 110Mbps-capable Ultra Wi-Fi 102HW.
Hands-on impressions of the SoftBank Pantone 5 107SH.
The latest comes from SoftBank's summer 2012 lineup, the Pantone 5 107SH. The 107SH is a fairly bog-standard Android 4.0 smartphone with the exception of one main feature: a radiation detector. Naturally neither Sharp nor SoftBank want users to actually depend on it in life threatening situations (and won't take responsibility if they do).
NTT Docomo president Ryuji Yamada has expressed preference for Android over the iPhone due to its 'open' nature.
NTT Docomo has confirmed to us that its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III will have 2GB of RAM.
Hands-on impressions of Docomo's Raku Raku Smartphone F12-D.
Panasonic's 4.6-inch, 720p Eluga V P-06D handset improves on the company's P-04D in every way, with Android 4.0, a faster processor, and a better camera and screen.
Hands-on impressions of the Panasonic Eluga Live tablet.
We take a look at the Evangelion variant of Sharp's SH-06D Android handset at NTT Docomo's summer lineup event in Tokyo.
Hands-on impressions of the Sony Xperia SX.
We take a look at Fujitsu's Arrows Z ISW13F Tegra 3 phone at AU's summer launch event in Tokyo. On top of the quad-core processor, the phone also features Bluetooth 4.0, a 13.1-megapixel camera, and a fingerprint scanner.
The Urbano Progresso is Kyocera's first device incorporating its Smart Sonic receiver tissue conduction technology. The phone will be available from AU KDDI sometime after the end of May.
Hands-on impressions of the Sharp Aquos Phone SL IS15SH.
Hands-on impressions of the Sharp Aquos Phone Serie from au / KDDI's summer lineup launch event.