02/27/2014, KDDI, the Japanese cable provider has just launched an on-demand gaming service. This particular on-demand gaming service will be able to stream the likes of famous titles from the gaming realm, where they would include Pro Evolution Soccer, World Rally Championship 3 as well as Sonic Adventure DX. This particular idea will run on the app-based GameNow service, albeit via cable. In fact, it would be the very same company […]
10/07/2013, Who would have thought that one of these days, smartphones would have ended up like fashion statements, where there are actually phones released just in time for the winter season to match a drab colored wardrobe? Well, that seems to be the case with KDDI who has just revealed that they will be offering a bunch of new smartphones, with the LG isai leading the way. The LG isai will […]
06/28/2013, In the world of wireless carriers, “differentiation” is the holy grail when it comes to selling what appears like a commodity: wireless communications. Since this is one of the largest industries in the world (the top 10 carriers generate $202B annually), wireless carriers enjoy revenues and margins that are relatively comfortable, and one of their biggest fear is to be turned into a “dumb pipe” with prices eternally going down […]
05/14/2013, Another smartphone bound for the Japan market, the Sony SOL22, has picked up FCC approval.
04/29/2013, It is widely rumored that the next generation iPhone smartphone would follow Apple’s tried and tested naming convention, where after the iPhone 5, one would find the iPhone 5S, before the iPhone 6 hits the market, of course. Well, news and whispers of delays of the iPhone 5S have been going around, with some of them touting the challenges that arose in implementing fingerprint technology for the device, but a […]
12/07/2012, Despite how some might feel about Apple’s iPhone, it’s still a pretty hot product and having it on your network would most certainly give customers a reason to sign up with you. Apparently that has been the case over in the Japan as Japanese carrier, NTT DoCoMo, has blamed the iPhone for the loss of some of its customers, whereby they have reportedly lost about 40,800 subscribers to its network […]
10/01/2012, [CEATEC 2012] In 2011, KDDI showed off the world’s first speaker-less smartphone – a device which made use of Smart Sonic Receiver technology to allow users to have phone calls even in noisy locations. For those not in the know, the Smart Sonic Receiver (which will be built into phones) converts sounds into vibration – not unlike bone-conduction audio devices. Well, it looks like this year KDDI has decided to upgrade it. […]
10/01/2012, [CEATEC 2012] They say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to data security in the digital world, you can more or less classify using traditional passwords as archaic. Biometric security has been around for some time already, but even so that is not 100% foolproof. Well, KDDI might be on to something here with their palm authentication app which runs on […]
04/18/2012, If you love concept phones, then you might want to take a look at what KDDI has recently unveiled. Falling under KDDI’s iida series of Android smartphones, this particular concept was cooked up by Jamie Hayon and keeping to the style of KDDI’s somewhat outlandish designs, this particular iida concept is no different. As you can see in the rendering above, the design of the device features a rubberized body […]
01/23/2012, While this news doesn’t affect us directly, it looks some folks in Japan have it bad with the carrier KDDI. It has been reported that the carrier recently started pushing adverts directly to Android devices of its customers after a recent update. And while some people might not mind the presence of adverts on their phones, most of them probably do but have no way of disabling it themselves (we’re […]
01/17/2012, It feels like Samsung isn’t ever going to run out of Galaxy S2 phones to make. The company has announced just announced a new variant of the Galaxy S2, this time it’s headed for Japan’s KDDI au and it features WiMAX radios. The phone will be similar to the Galaxy S2 HD LTE except for the 4G radios. Other specs include a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.7″ […]
12/19/2011, Sharp has been putting out some pretty interesting Android handsets in their AQUOS series of Android smartphones. Their offerings usually go beyond the standard full touch screen and they usually incorporate feature phone-like designs, such as sliders and clamshell designs with numeric keypads.
11/22/2011, One of the perks of living in Japan is that you get access to a lot of pretty cool stuff. This ranges from early video game releases, special editions and whatnot. Of course given that some of the biggest names in gaming are from Japan (Sony, Nintendo, Square Enix just to name a few) it is a bit of a given. Now it appears that one more perk has arrived […]