Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Filled with New Features

August 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We heard about the Kyocera Echo headed for its first Android update sometime back. Now, we get official word from the Kyocera website on that.

And to add to that, Kyocera has a whole lot of flavors lined up for the Echo. To accompany the sought after Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update, a whole list of sparkling list of new features are on board.

There’s news of pinch-to-zoom support in the browser, gallery, Maps and Sprint Navigation, an improved downloads app and an upgrade to the Swype 3.0 virtual keypad, with Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list. That’s a basketful of cakes for you.

But there’s the icing too. The company has strapped on a couple of features called “internet calling over WiFi” and “an NFC reader to interact with posters, advertisements, products, etc”.

T-Mobile has been the only major US carrier privileged to carry WiFi calling. Now Sprint is right behind along with a Near Field Communications module.

We don’t know what type of NFC chip is embedded, and we hope the UMA variety presides over the SIP. The update should begin their airing soon enough.

So Echo owners, be on alert for your notifications and upgrade quick. Check out the new Gingerbread and tell us how the new features are.

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