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Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update to Unlock Hidden NFC Feature, WiFi Calling

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It looks like in addition to bringing the dual-screen Kyocera Echo up to date from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Sprint and Kyocera may have other secret goodies to enable on the handset, including WiFi calling and NFC features.

There are other more subtle, but useful, features as well that come with the update, including predictive text, a Swype 3.0 virtual keyboard, and an improved Downloads application that will allow users quick access to any file downloaded from an email, browser, or any other app.

Moreover, the update will bring a more ubiquitous pinch-to-zoom experience. Now, users can pinch to zoom within the browser, the Gallery app, Google Maps, and also Sprint Navigation.

According to the update memo, Kyocera says that ‘a Near Field Communications (NFC) Reader to interact with posters, advertisements, products, etc.’ will also be part of the update. If that’s true, it means that the Echo was released with hidden NFC hardware that the Gingerbread update would unlock. It also means that the Echo will be the second NFC-equipped handset in Sprint’s smartphone lineup, following the Google-branded Samsung Nexus S 4G.

Via: Engadget

 

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    08/01/2011 at 2:27 pm

    I just paid $22,87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38,76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  2. Mickbrucknerm

    08/01/2011 at 6:56 pm

    just updated my echo and half way through the install i got error code 8507  and now my phone is bricked. many other users are having the same problem but sprint is unaware of the problem.

  3. Suchir Kavi

    08/09/2011 at 12:21 pm

    they stoped the update to fix the problem @Mickbrucknerm i think you get a free phone if your phone is broken

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