Kyocera announces developer program for Echo smartphone

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CNET | March 21, 2011 | Kent German

Orlando, Fla.–Kyocera today announced a developer’s program for the company’s new Echo Android handset that it unveiled with Sprint last month. The Kyocera Android Developer Program won’t formally launch until April 17, but the company will show off the SDK at CTIA 2011.

The program is meant to encourage development of applications and games that will utilize the Echo’s dual screens. Categories include gaming, social networking, mobile entertainment, location-based services, and productivity.

Kyocera also announced the initial list of developer partners who will issue the first apps optimized for the handset. For the most part, one screen will be used to show the app’s content (whether it’s gaming, videos, or maps), while the other screen will display user controls or a menu. So far, users can expect the following titles in each of the categories.

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