Yahoo Android smartphone announced in Japan

What do you know, Yahoo also wants a piece of the ever-growing Android market despite the fact that the mobile platform is owned by its archrival – Google. However, the Internet giant isn’t going for the users in the Western hemisphere — rather, they decided to launch an Android-powered Yahoo! Phone in Japan, where they are still the single most visited website.

The device itself is pretty solid, rocking a 4-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) touchscreen, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0… it’s actually a rebranded version of the Sharp-made SoftBank 009SH.

Pre-installed apps, as you can imagine, include a number of Yahoo! services, allowing users to quickly get their Yahoo! fix while on the go.

SoftBank didn’t mention how much the Yahoo! Phone will cost, but considering just how competitive Japanese market is, it’s safe to bet interested users will be able to get it for free as long as they commit on a two-year contract…

[Via: Unwired View]

  • Anonymous

    Yahoo should buy WebOS from HP. 

    • zacamandapio

      I was going to post about how nice this device is.  But I definitely agree with you.
      WebOS is a very beautiful OS. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, very cool indeed. Do want!

  • Softbank User

    Ummm… I think that this poster needs to do better research.

    Yahoo Japan is owned by Softbank and in fact Yahoo Japan uses Google for
    search. So in Japan at least Yahoo and Google are not “archrivals” and
    it is factually wrong to say that “Yahoo also wants a piece of the
    ever-growing Android market.”

    Here is a quote from the Wall Street Journal, “Despite the name and ownership of a one-third stake, U.S.-based Yahoo
    doesn’t control Yahoo Japan. Japanese cell phone and Internet service
    provider Softbank Corp. has a larger share of about 40% in the company.
    Read more:

    This is nothing more than Softbank “branding” one of its mobile phones
    with its Internet brand, Yahoo. Speaking of branding, Softbank also has a
    Disney phone, but no one is claiming that Disney is trying to get into
    the mobile phone market.

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