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Softbank outs AQUOS 104SH Ice Cream Sandwich phone, more

Softbank outs AQUOS 104SH Ice Cream Sandwich phone, more

Japanese carrier Softbank has revealed its latest line-up of Android smartphones, and if you love high-res screens and megapixel-packed cameras then it's enough to make you weep. Among the gems are the Sharp AQUOS 104SH, which Softbank says will launch running Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, paired with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 12.1-megapixel camera and IPX5/IPX7 ruggedness, expected to arrive in spring 2012.

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LG, Philips and Sharp form Smart TV open-app alliance

LG, Philips and Sharp form Smart TV open-app alliance

LG, Philips and Sharp have joined Smart TV forces to create a common, open-standards based app development platform that will allow coders to create one version of their software to run on sets from all three manufacturers. A beta of the common SDK is expected to be released in early October, using HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV along with the promise that an app which runs on, say, one of Sharp's Aquos Net+ sets will also run on one of LG or Philips' Smart TV sets.

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Sharp RW-T107 Android Gingerbread NFC Tablet

Sharp RW-T107 Android Gingerbread NFC Tablet

The people at Sharp have announced a brand new 7-inch Android tablet that will be launched in Japan complete with an NFC interface for commercial interactions. This Android tablet will only support Japanese FeliCa cards at the start, but we can expect additional card support in the near future. This Sharp RW-T107 unit will be able to be used in stores to read membership cards, IDs, loyalty cards, and more - get some coupons to grab some awesome cheap food and such!

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SoftBank 007SH KT Hello Kitty Android Gingerbread Phone For The Win

SoftBank 007SH KT Hello Kitty Android Gingerbread Phone For The Win

Welcome to the greatest Android device on the market today. I'm only half joking, as the specs on this very gaudy looking device are certainly nothing to scoff at, and it boasts the very strange accomplishment of being the second clamshell device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The first was of course the AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH, essentially the same basic components this device is built on. Yesterday we got a glimpse of the Yahoo! Android phone from Sharp AQUOS, today we get the next rebranded handset in the Hello Kitty Android flip phone. Is this just a Japanese fad, or are cross-brand re-releases of Android devices on the horizon?

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Yahoo Google Phone Coming Soon from Sharp

Yahoo Google Phone Coming Soon from Sharp

What we're to understand we're looking at here is one strange combination of brands creating a device that's no less than completely absurd. This is a Yahoo! phone made for Japan (since Japan is still so very in love with Yahoo) and will be running on Android. You may recognize this device if you're familiar with Sharp's line of cute little phones: this one being a rebranded Sharp AQUOS smartphone in white. What the non-Google search engine group will be adding to the device is a brand new interface skin on the inside and a lovely new Yahoo! branded case on the outside - why they thought this would be an awesome idea is anyone's guess.

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Apple planning $1bn Sharp display investment tips analyst

Apple planning $1bn Sharp display investment tips analyst

Apple may counter Google's surprise acquisition of Motorola Mobility with further investment in the supply chain, analysts have predicted, leveraging its significant cash reserves to secure tablet and smartphone screen suppliers. MF Global FXA Securities analyst David Rubenstein suggests Apple will dump $1bn into Sharp, Reuters reports, so as to further soak up the limited supplies of top-spec display panels for future iPhones and iPads.

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Sharp Galapagos A01SH 7-inch tablet gets official, launches in late August

Sharp Galapagos A01SH 7-inch tablet gets official, launches in late August

It's been about a month now since we saw the Sharp Galapagos 7-inch tablet clear the FCC. There are probably some geeks out there wondering when the tablet will hit stores. Sharp has offered a launch date on the tablet for Japan and that date may be when we will see it in the US and other countries as well. The tablet will ship in late August according to the official PR.

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