Sharp and Softbank Mobile To Develop A Yahoo Branded Phone


Japan to get the first Android-based “Yahoo Phone” next month, according to TechCrunch. Softbank Mobile is the third biggest carrier in Japan and it is Yahoo’s biggest shareholder in this country. Yahoo wants a piece of the cake, from which, its competitors (Google and Facebook) already had a taste.

The phone is manufactured by Sharp and is the re-branded version of the  “Aquos SoftBank 009SH” the company revealed a few weeks back. Aquos features Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4-inch LCD with qHD resolution display, an 8MP back-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, digital TV tuner, an e-wallet function and more.

This device is likely to come out of the box with Yahoo specific apps, such as: Yahoo Japan Home, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Japan Auctions, Yahoo Loco (the company’s LBS), etc.

Courtesy of Softbank future owners of this device will benefit of Yahoo Japan premium membership for free for two years (instead of having to pay the usual $4.50/month) and can also get additional points for every purchase made on Yahoo Shopping for the next two years.


source: Softbank [JP] Translated