Kyocera Announces Android Developer Program

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Kyocera is calling all Android developers who would like to think outside the box.  Today, the company announced a new Android Developer Program designed to get people making apps for its dual-touchscreen smartphone, the Kyocera Echo.

As you might expect, this move coincided with the release of a software development kit, along with a dev guide, a FAQ section, and some sample code.  So Kyocera’s not trying to make this too hard on anyone.

Otherwise, Yasuhiro Ohishi, the vice president of sales and marketing at Kyocera, said in a statement, “Kyocera Echo’s unique design gives third-party developers a new opportunity to enhance and showcase the full functionality of their applications, without being restricted by screen space.  Echo supports virtually all applications available from Android Market, yet we’re excited to see so many developers embracing the new format and optimizing existing and new applications for the dual displays.”

More specifically, Kyocera thinks there’s lots of room for innovations in terms of gaming, social networking, productivity, and mobile entertainment, which seems reasonable (and promising) enough.

Have fun if you decide to develop an app for the Echo.  The presence of two screens should present some interesting possibilities.

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