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Kyocera and Sprint Now Hyping a Dual-Screen Android Smartphone

Roblimo posted more than 3 years ago | from the my-phone-will-soon-be-smarter-than-I-am dept.

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Sprint and Kyocera want you to believe that two screens are better than one, even on a pocket-sized phone. The new Android-powered Kyocera smartphone, the Echo, will feature two touchscreen surfaces in a hinged design. The article says: "The Echo’s highlights can be seen in the phone’s obvious multitasking potential. The phone can be operated like most other touchscreen smartphones in its single-screen mode, but in 'Simul-task mode' users can run separate apps on each screen — like, say, open a text on the upper screen while reading an email on the lower one."

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My nutsack. (0)

madowcopyrightowner (1991028) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144072)

It's drippin' from all of the papoohies...

About "Kyocera and Sprint Now Hyping a Dual-Screen Android Smartphone," in my opinion, we need to do this, and we need to do it right!

What slowness can I offer you? I'm copyright owner Madow!

Re:My nutsack. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35145950)

Take a shower you fucking neckbeard.

Nice design... (2)

Microlith (54737) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144094)

I like the design, now if only it had a stronger processor (say Cortex-A9, which natively supports multiple displays) and a better mobile OS.

Actually I'd prefer it if the thing was like the LG enV with two displays (one inside, one outside) and a physical keyboard. Having worked with both the Android and iPhone soft keyboards, I can say without a doubt that they piss me off to no end.

Re:Nice design... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35146332)

Having worked with both the Android and iPhone soft keyboards, I can say without a doubt that they piss me off to no end.

Now this really pisses me off to no end! [youtube.com]

What people fail to mention... (1)

seinman (463076) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144098)

Apparently only 7 apps can actually "multitask" properly. So, for 99.9% of Android applications, even if you have one open on each screen, only the screen you're actively using will function. For instance, if there's a Netflix app (not sure if there is, I don't have an Android phone, this is just an example) you wouldn't be able to be watching a movie on the top screen while playing Angry Birds on the bottom screen. As soon as you launch Angry Birds, Netflix would freeze until you go back to it... at which point Angry Birds would freeze. That really sucks.

Re:What people fail to mention... (0)

CopyrightMadowOwner (1992526) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144166)

You're completely incorrect. Eighteen apps can multitask properly. Now, now, now's the time right now!

Re:What people fail to mention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144336)

This number will also change. They're doing something radically different on a platform not natively meant for this usage, which is why the thing is on 2.2 instead of 2.3. If Kyocera actually does their job, that number should expand to a much more acceptable number of apps.

Re:What people fail to mention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144638)

Apparently only 7 apps can actually "multitask" properly.

You've got to be joking, not even trying to multitask a normal app have 5+ threads running.

Only 7 apps even support multimonitor (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144906)

Apparently only 7 apps can actually "multitask" properly.

You've got to be joking, not even trying to multitask a normal app have 5+ threads running.

That's what I thought when I first read grandparent: a limit on simultaneous applications analogous to that in some Windows Starter Editions. But after I reread it, I realized what was meant: only a handful of distinct applications support being a foreground activity [android.com] on one screen while another application is the foreground activity on another screen.

Oh, and there's no Netflix on Android because Android has no unified digital restrictions management system, and none of studios will license films to Netflix without DRM. See previous Slashdot story [slashdot.org] .

Re:What people fail to mention... (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 3 years ago | (#35145036)

If that's true, it sounds like a problem with the operating system to me. What happened to pre-emptive multitasking?

Re:What people fail to mention... (2)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146678)

The quick and easy version: Android "screens" are called Activities. Each is a distinct class. Only one can be in the foreground at any time. When you use the back button, the current activity's onDestroy() function is called, and the activity is deallocated. However, when you move from one activity to another at any point in the OS (whether you switch to another application, or if your own moves to a different "screen") the current activity is not destroyed, but instead paused. The default behavior is to keep running, but most applications override onPause() to pause everything in the UI to avoid confusing the hell out of users - for instance, going to Netflix's settings should not allow the movie to continue playing offscreen at the same time.

Re:What people fail to mention... (1)

gmueckl (950314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35148528)

Still this does not explain why onPause() should be called if the user starts tapping on the other screen. Unless there is a part of the Android interface that assumes that there is only one foreground activity (i.e. a function that is able to query for that), I don't see a problem with making existing apps work properly on dual-screen setups on the OS level. Independent state changes don't really count.

Re:What people fail to mention... (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 3 years ago | (#35149290)

Only the UI part is paused, background processing continues. In other words apps still sync, music still plays, it is just that the UI itself doesn't bother to update to accept input since it can't be seen anyway.

Android has pretty good multitasking because it requires apps to be able to close down on request at any time. Therefore you never need to quit and app, the phone just asks it to close when it is idle and other apps need the resources (usually memory). You don't lose your data or anything like that, and apps that are using certain features of the phone (e.g. playing an audio book or music) don't get killed that way.

There is a free app called OSMonitor that can display lots of interesting info. My Samsung Galaxy S currently has 111 processes running and 113MB of RAM free (total 512MB on this phone). It is very responsive.

I can understand why iOS doesn't multitask. When the iPhone came out the hardware was a bit limited so it would have been less responsive like early Android phones where. By only running one foreground task and making the phone's full resources available to it they keep everything nice and smooth (on the UI anyway, opening a long text conversation is no quicker). Galaxy S class phones can chew this stuff up now anyway so it appears that in the long run Apple snookered themselves a bit.

Re:What people fail to mention... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 3 years ago | (#35148974)

Not quite. For the 0.1% of applications that support the phone, you can get an app on each screen, and only one active app at a time. For the 99.9% of other apps, you get no dual-screen feature at all - the app spreads itself over both screens as though they were one large one. Android doesn't have a windowing system at all, remember, it doesn't understand the idea of two apps running in the foreground.

Re:What people fail to mention... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150082)

If you're the sort of person who tries to watch a movie at the same time as playing a game, you deserve neither a phone nor your wretched life anyway.

IMHO.

a fresh idea for once (4, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144120)

instead of copying the other 500 cell phones out there they actually have a good, original idea. Refreshing!

I guess now that I look at it, one thing that IS irritating on my phone is having to switch between apps for brief times. Being able to have two apps open AND visible at the same time would be very useful. But it's just one of those limits we take for granted because until now there really hasn't been any good solution, and every phone has suffered from that same limitation.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144258)

meh, if it was a good idea, Apple would have done it. I don't know why slashtards get such a hard-on for dual screen things like this or courier. Probably because you haven't used it. Tell me how awesome it is(n't) after you use it.

Re:a fresh idea for once (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144590)

meh, if it was a good idea, Apple would have done it.

Apple will do it in about 2 years time, at which point Steve Jobs (if he's still ticking by then) will hail it as utterly groundbreaking and innovative.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144268)

Android has a pretty good solution. Drop down notification bar/console for getting updates, and if you need to click through to the update to the full app, a click of back will take you back to where you were before. Or hold down home and select the app you want out of the recently used apps list.

Haven't really used the iPhone so I don't know of how or if it tries to get around the problem of switching apps and keeping you up to date.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

MonthOLDpickle (1992554) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144622)

iPhone multitasking is limited to what Apple deems so. I have used both. I rather use Android. This phone does need a better CPU but I would really find those two screens highly useful (since you can pretty much multitask anything on Android). Would be useless on an iPhone (due to the limited multitasking). Sure it be a nice feature for both but the Android would come out for practical use for it.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144826)

The thing I find silly is that my phone has a larger screen than the two of these little ones put together, so this could work fine as a software feature rather than a hardware one. I think implementing multiple simultaneous desktops on a single display would be a nice idea. I don't find the one-at-a-time thing to be annoying though. Even on fully fledged PCs I tend to have one window maximised at a time, with different groups of apps on different desktops. The equivalent of alt-tab should be enough to make switching apps a better experience.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 3 years ago | (#35147964)

A quick fumble i had with a ipod touch this x-mas showed that a double tap of a certain button brings up a switcher at the bottom.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144760)

until now there really hasn't been any good solution

Not entirely true. Just visually dividing the screen in two has been an option this whole time; I don't see why no mobile OSs have attempted this option as it wouldn't be completely bad. Some apps, of course, do this for a more robust app; why not let the user divide the screen in two to run two apps?

they actually have a good, original idea

True, but not true. Nintendo DS? Saying "oh but the DS isn't a phone" doesn't count...this isn't the USPTO where you can just put "on a phone" after something that has prior art and call it innovation. ;)

Re:a fresh idea for once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35146222)

Not entirely true. Just visually dividing the screen in two has been an option this whole time; I don't see why no mobile OSs have attempted this option as it wouldn't be completely bad. Some apps, of course, do this for a more robust app; why not let the user divide the screen in two to run two apps?

At least on Android you CAN have interactive real-time up-to-date widgets operating on your desktop. For those apps that support them, it's pretty close.

Re:a fresh idea for once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35146102)

I'm waiting for the innovative company that realizes that 3 screens are even better than 2!
Kudos Kyocera for bringing the razor wars to the 21s century.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

Kompressor (595513) | more than 3 years ago | (#35147932)

Your wish is my command: http://vimeo.com/18079655 [vimeo.com] Sure, it's just a concept, but...

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150138)

Three proper sized screens too. Not some pathetic 3 or 4 inches, I want three 22" monitors on my phone.

Re:a fresh idea for once (1)

pinkushun (1467193) | more than 3 years ago | (#35149108)

I'd be weary for the same reason I avoid flip-phones: the connections between the flip tends to fail, time and again I've seen this. Not every time, but often enough to avoid them.

I miss small phones (1)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144122)

I like the capabilities of my "smart" phone, and indeed there are times when I wish the screen was larger. But for something I end up carrying with me at all times, smaller is better. I really miss my earlier, very-dumb phones, which could fit in the coin pocket in my jeans.

I'm not sure cramming more screens into a smart phone is what I'd be interested in.

How much longer until I can get a screen in contact lenses?

Re:I miss small phones (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144210)

Looking at the picture [wired.com] from TFA, it doesn't look that much bigger than a typical smartphone while folded. Personally, short of smart contacts, I'm holding out for an expanding virtual display like the multiverse cops in The One had.

Re:I miss small phones (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144552)

As much as I love my Android smart phone, I have to agree that smaller is sometimes better. For example, last summer I went to a multi-day concert festival with camping, and had a blast. But charging my big smart phone and being careful to keep it safe was a bit of a pain. Next time I'm probably going to dust off my old Sony-Ericsson T616 and take it along. The Android device will be used for GPS, etc. on the way there, and when I really want to look up something on the web, and the T616 will accompany me most of the time while I'm taking in the festivities. It is more comfortable in a pocket, the battery lasts forever, and it is so old an outdated that I won't cry if it gets wet or lost. A friend of mine lost a nice phone at a festival last year, and I now see the value of a throw-away. I may even purchase a cheapie pre-paid phone for such use, so if it does get lost I won't have to go through the hassle of getting a new SIM card.

Re:I miss small phones (1)

Boycott BMG (1147385) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146480)

If you want a small smart phone you could get the Sony-Ericsson Xperia X10 mini/mini pro. Those phones are underpowered and have a low resolution (320x240), but thats the compromise you have to make for a small smartphone. Also they will only be updated to android 2.1.

I was physched.... (2)

markass530 (870112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144132)

then I found out the damn thing isn't 4G. I live in LA, and have clearwire, so I know how sweet the 4G CAN be, so I'm not just running after some marketing hype. Also sprint just expanded their $10 a month surcharge to include ALL Smart phones, so if I'm gonna pay that 10 bucks, it damn well is gonna be for a 4G phone.

Re:I was physched.... (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 3 years ago | (#35145088)

Three of the 4 people I know with 4G phones can't get a 4G signal at home or at work. Also, they have to pay the 4G fee in addition to the "unlimited" internet plan they've been paying for all along. They'd be better off with 3G phones just because they'd get the same performance without the 4G fee.

I'm also considering getting the current Samsung Galaxy Tab instead of waiting for the 4G one, for the same reasons. It might cost less and have a lower monthly bill with the same performance. Or maybe they'll add a mystery charge to make it cost the same anyway.

Re:I was physched.... (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35145916)

I get the 4G Signal at most places I'd like to have it, although it does go in and out on the bus rides. The fee isn't for 4G, it WAS for certain phones. now it's for ALL Smartphones.

Re:I was physched.... (2)

Miamicanes (730264) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146278)

I believe *all* new Sprint Android phone activations going forward have the $10 fee, 4G-capable or not.

Believe it or not, the problem you're having on the bus probably has NOTHING to do with coverage. It appears that Clear's towers all assign their own dynamic IP addresses, and won't route traffic from other towers more than one hop away. The net result is that if you try using Sprint4G (which uses Clear's towers) in a moving vehicle, you're going to drop the connection every 1-3 miles. You can prove it to yourself with this little experiment:

Find an area where you know beyond doubt that 4G coverage is rock-solid and two towers are both near the same major road, then walk from one tower to the next & keep an eye on the signal-strength bars. Starting near tower #1, disable 4G, then re-enable 4G to make sure you get an IP address from the tower next to you. Now, launch some task that constantly uses data, like Pandora, and start walking toward the next tower. You'll see the bars go from 3, to 2, to 1, back to 2, then *right* when you're close enough to spit on tower #2... your connection will drop. If you stop walking immediately, toggle 4G off and on (to force an immediate reconnect, instead of passively waiting ~5 minutes for it to reconnect on its own), it will scan for about a second and reconnect almost instantly with 3 bars. I've repeated this experiment multiple times in various locations around Fort Lauderdale, to the point where I'm now pretty much convinced that this behavior is by design and more or less as I've described it.

Frankly, it pisses me off, because it means that Sprint 4G is basically useless in a moving vehicle -- car, train, or otherwise. Especially when you consider that most Android apps either crap out or crash when the phone forcibly switches between 4G, 3G, and wi-fi. I don't know whether Verizon's LTE exhibits the same behavior, but it really does make T-Mobile look a lot more attractive than Sprint.

Oh, there's another catch with Sprint/Clear 4G, and this one will bite you if you use it at home in an area where most of the tower's OTHER users are transient. If their router notices that you're using more bandwidth than other individual users OF THAT SPECIFIC TOWER, your throughput will be *massively* throttled. Note that the statistics are *per tower*, and NOT "total network usage". That's what kills you. You're using that one specific tower, racking up bandwidth blackmarks all day... other users (shopping at the nearby mall) are only using it for an hour or two, so even if they're streaming YoutubeHD nonstop, they're unlikely to come anywhere near the bandwidth you're slowly racking up all day.

Re:I was physched.... (1)

Boycott BMG (1147385) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146568)

FYI, what you are describing is known as handoff, and it is supposed to be implemented in the wimax standard 802.16e-2005. It could be that the tower is older or made from the older wimax standard (originally wimax was meant to be a wireless alternative to cable and dsl. They extended wimax to handle the case of a moving vehicle later.)

Re:I was physched.... (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35147618)

nah, along the sunset, for about 30 minutes of bus ride, Perfect 4G

Re:I was physched.... (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35147644)

also I've downloaded 1.2 TB in 3 months, no throttling, your mileage may very though

Re:I was physched.... (1)

Kompressor (595513) | more than 3 years ago | (#35147974)

Interesting!

How does your IP configuration (IP and netmask would be the interesting bits) and routing table change when the handoff occurs?

I wish my local carriers had some kind of LTE gear up on their towers. Unfortunately, Canada is turning into a technological backwater as far as mobile data goes...

Re:I was physched.... (1)

Miamicanes (730264) | more than 3 years ago | (#35158224)

> Unfortunately, Canada is turning into a technological backwater as far as mobile data goes...

Hey, at least YOUR Galaxy S Android phones get to have Froyo ;-)

Re:I was physched.... (1)

SLot (82781) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146496)

Hold off on the tab. It'll make you want to use it as a phone. I know sprint doesn't allow it, and that's my biggest bitch thus far.

Emulator junkies rejoice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144182)

I smell an Android DS emu port coming soon....

Re:Emulator junkies rejoice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144252)

I smell an Android DS ostrich port coming soon....

and every lawyer (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144188)

at nintendo took one look at their DS, then promptly shat a brick.

Re:and every lawyer (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144302)

"at nintendo took one look at their DS, then promptly shat a brick."

Nintendo is coming out with the 3DS in about two months, which will have a 3D display (which some people care about and some don't) and real game controls, of which this phone has neither. If the people Nintendo were going to give a shit about any upcoming phone it would probably be the Sony Xperia Play [wikipedia.org] , aka PSP Phone.

Battery Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144290)

The battery life scares me. (I've got an EVO at the moment.) but I'd love to see it in action. The potential for gaming, better email browsing, etc is pretty sweet.

I can live with it (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144312)

You kids don't remember the days when porn came with a couple of creases across it and a staple in the Playmate's navel.

Now stay off my lawn!

Re:I can live with it (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144732)

Whenever I'm feeling nostalgic, I look at porn on my multi-monitor setup and stretch the window so all the good parts are split up. I'll setup all the tabs in firefox beforehand so I can flip through them in sequential order. The best part is the add-on that makes the page-turn noise whenever I switch tabs. I still live with my mother, so there's that too..

Re:I can live with it (1)

von_rick (944421) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146782)

How do you make the screen sticky ...Ummm ...nevermind.

Re:I can live with it (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146028)

Porn still features a staple in the navel, sometimes even a clit ring or two.

Keyboard takes up space! (0)

gatzke (2977) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144334)

Pretty worthless, as you are going to lose space on the lower display to "type" when you need text input.

Or you could slide our a real keyboard like on my droid and have a single nice screen that works fine...

Re:Keyboard takes up space! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144724)

What you're saying is that at worst, it's equal to your droid (keyboard and one screen), and at best, much better (two screens when no keyboard needed).

I can see how this is worthless in comparison...

Froyo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144360)

http://isfroyooutforepic4g.info/ [isfroyooutforepic4g.info]

Yes I play WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144384)

If there were two apps I would want displayed at the same time, it's the RSA app for my b.net account and the mobile auction house.

check out Sprint's Facebook page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144404)

The overwhelming response is negative to this phone. I know I woulnd't burn an upgrade for this phone.

Now with... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144406)

half the battery life!

Razors (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144420)

I'm hoping for a 4-5 screen phone soon, since if I've learned anything from shopping for razor blades, it's that more is always way better.

Stereo display? (2)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144506)

Just put the image for each eye on each screen. Might work well if the distance between the screen centers is close to the interpupillary distance.

Re:Stereo display? (1)

Kompressor (595513) | more than 3 years ago | (#35148002)

If staring at a Magic Eye leaves one with a splitting headache, what would that do? :-/

Fragmentation (0, Troll)

bonch (38532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144508)

Oh, great. Let's hear it for more Android fragmentation.

Re:Fragmentation (1)

von_rick (944421) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146846)

Dual monitor support isn't really fragmentation. You can switch between single and dual screen, so devices with single screen will not be able to use all the dual-screen features available in Android. Same way having a slide-out qwerty keyboards in Android doesn't mean its fragmented, you just switch from on screen keyboard to a hardware keyboard.

And this will never see Gingerbread.... (3, Interesting)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144528)

From the article:

"....we'll forgive the older software because Kyocera had to do extensive customization to add dual-screen support to seven core apps like the browser, email, and messaging. The seven optimized apps can be run on each screen individually so you can have the browser up top and email below, and several of them include useful full-dual-screen views as well. There's also a new dual-screen app manager, which is brought up by tapping the two screens simultaneously. Unfortunately, third party apps can't be run in any of the new modes and just fill the entire display for now -- Kyocera and Sprint say an SDK is coming shortly".

Just what I DON'T want in my next Android smartphone: a Gimmicky dual screen that required a ton of customization to the Base OS guaranteeing that it will never see another carrier-supported OS upgrade during it's lifespan.

Hey Sprint, here's an idea to take back to the folks at HTC......

Make the EVO 2.0 the love-child of a stock EVO, the EVO Shift (with a decent keyboard, not that POS they stuck on the Epic 4G) and toss in a dual core processor. I was really looking forward to the Shift only to find out it was a very nuetered unit. Don't me wrong, I love my EVO, I have just decided virtual keyboards aren't for me.

Re:And this will never see Gingerbread.... (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144582)

And this is the problem of using entirely custom stuff that makes you either bend over backwards to make it work or hope that the sole development team adds support for it.

Whereas if this had been using Xorg (or maybe Wayland) it'd be a known supported capability. Oh well, Go Android!

Re:And this will never see Gingerbread.... (1)

SLot (82781) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146410)

I have a convo with a sprint VP once a quarter. I brought this up. Perhaps it will make it up the chain, perhaps not. At least know you aren't alone in your frustration, and some of us are talking about it.

Multiple desktops, subby (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144586)

It is an old idea, really, which I believe has grabbed me ever since I tried it first. And for so many years, I'm still doing it this way - one desktop, one app. Maybe you oughta give it a try sometime?

Battery Usage Heavy? (1)

bipedstites (1912516) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144632)

Will each screen require its own battery pack? They must be using the unlimited storage batteries.

Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144648)

Hey! Pssst! I know where you can get one of these already. Go to 24th Street in New York City, and wait until 10 PM. A man will appear. Without making eye contact, tell him the Anonymous Coward sent you. He will hand you a large box and leave. Inside the box, you will find two Android phones and a roll of duct tape. The rest is up to you.

It's back! (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 3 years ago | (#35144722)

An unholy necrophiliac liaison between a Nintendo DS and the rotting corpse of a Nokia N-Gage has begat - this.

DS anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35144848)

Is it just me or do I sense a smart DS approaching?

Always Remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35145134)

I wouldn't touch it, especially not from Sprint. They don't support their phones. You're now looking at a ton of new APIs in order to utilize those dual screens. This means that you will be receiving Android updates approximately never.

Stupid. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 3 years ago | (#35145154)

Video is always in widescreen now anyway. How pointless. You want to stand out in the Android market? Release a good phone for $100. A USED mytouch 3g (the old one) is still worth $150!!! Ridiculous!

2 balls 2 screens (1)

fregare (923563) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146052)

I need a screen for each ball. 2 balls 2 screens. Makes 2 much sense to me.

bad idea electrically (0)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146138)

The #1 feature people want in a cell phone is longer battery life. The screen takes up the vast majority of the power so I'd say it'd be pretty stupid to cut the battery power roughly in half. Having a 2nd screen is like me having another reason to not want to use the device because I know it's running out of power much faster.

Like in Hitchhikers.... (1)

fatbuckel (1714764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35146234)

yea...we need that....
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