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.