Sharp’s Android 2.3 “Yahoo Phone” To Be Released In Japan Next Month

In a country that ranks Yahoo as its number one website, it seems to make good sense to create a “Yahoo Phone” doesn’t it? After all, designing android devices around customer’s favorite websites seems to be all the rage since we began seeing the HTC Status earlier this summer. Sharp is manufacturing the phone and it will be released next month under the mobile provider Softbank, the country’s third biggest carrier and whose majority shareholder happens to be Yahoo Japan.

Its many features include the Android 2.3 OS, a 4-inch LCD with qHD resolution (960 x 540), an 8MP CMOS camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a micro SDHC slot, a digital TV tuner, an e-wallet function and even infrared communications. The device will most likely come pre-installed with such Yahoo Japan services as Yahoo Japan Home, Yahoo Japan Auctions and Yahoo Loco. To sweeten the deal a little more, Softbank subscribers will become Yahoo Japan premium members for two years at no cost (a $9 value) and users can earn additional Yahoo Shopping points during that time also.

With plenty of solid corporate backing and a population chock full of Yahoo-using consumers, it seems like a no-brainer to me. What do you think? Leave us a comment below.

[via tc]

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  • fgdhfghfg

    The irony of building a Yahoo phone on top of a Google platform, and which will most probably require a Google account to download the many Yahoo apps from the Google Android Market.

  • nevil

    “Sharp is manufacturing the phone and it will be released next month under the mobile provider Softbank, the country’s third biggest carrier and whose majority shareholder happens to be Yahoo Japan.”

    I thought it was the opposite. Softbank is a majority shareholder in Yahoo Japan.

    Yahoo Japan which runs independently from the US counterpart.

  • http://www.talkandroid.com Justin Routhier

    Thanks, nevil. I stand corrected as Softbank is the majority shareholder of Yahoo Japan.

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