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Kyocera Echo to Debut with Jibe Social Messenger App Built on Jibe Mobile Platform
[March 23, 2011]

Kyocera Echo to Debut with Jibe Social Messenger App Built on Jibe Mobile Platform

Mar 24, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Kyocera Communications Inc. announced that the Kyocera Echo, a dual-touchscreen smartphone, will come preloaded with a customized version of the Jibe 2.0 Social Messenger App. .

Jibe 2.0 Social Messenger App. is a new social messaging application that allows users to post and share media and status messages, and view friends, newsfeeds and comments across their current social networks. Users also can see who is online and chat with their friends from the application.

"We've designed Echo for an entirely new experience for smartphone users, incorporating the most used and valued features into this innovative design," said Yasuhiro Ohishi, vice president of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "Jibe's Social Messenger makes Echo the ultimate mobile social media tool." The Social Messenger application is built on the Jibe Mobile platform, which brings together social media, real-time messaging, contacts and content services into a developer platform. The platform decreases time to market for developers creating the next generation of connected and social apps. Jibe earned the "Best Rich Communication Suite Mobile Client" award at GSMA's RCS Dev Challenge during the Mobile World Congress trade show held last month in Barcelona, Spain, by showcasing its next-generation connected address book, with real-time mobile messaging, file-sharing and video sharing features.

"We are excited about the power and potential the Kyocera Echo brings to app developers and to Sprint customers," said David Owens, vice president-Product, Sprint. "Kyocera not only delivers a groundbreaking new form factor, but through partners like Jibe Mobile, also delivers a new user experience that dynamically connects the social lives of our customers." Jibe Mobile's platform brings together social media and instant messaging to simplify mobile conversations and sharing across multiple social and content networks including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google Talk, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa. The Jibe solution provides customized news feeds and media channels with interactive sharing, allowing users to read, post, share messages and chat with one application.

The dual-screen capabilities of Kyocera Echo make posting status messages easier with a dedicated screen for the keyboard, providing more room for text entry at the top of the device. Browsing through newsfeeds is more convenient with twice as much room to view messages, comments and other social messages.

"The Jibe Mobile platform allows developers, OEMs and carriers to bring a new level of app to market, simply and quickly," said Amir Sarhangi, CEO of Jibe Mobile. "Echo is the perfect showcase for rich apps like Social Messenger - a remarkably innovative handset that gives the user a real social experience." Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a patent-pending "pivot hinge" that enables the displays to operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonally) integrated display. Kyocera Echo's second screen provides the ability to do two things at the same time in Simul-Task Mode - send an email on one screen while surfing the Web on the other, watch a video on one screen while texting on the other, comparison shop online with one Web site on each screen, etc. .

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