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  • 5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    Big news from Asia’s mobile market today: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo (55 million customers, over US$50 billion in sales per year) is teaming up with five other tech powerhouses to develop chips for next-generation mobile devices. Docomo’s partners are NEC, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., Panasonic, and Samsung. The goal is to use synergies in the six… Read More

  • Japan’s Top 3 Mobile Carriers Agree To Support Global NFC Standard

    Japan’s Top 3 Mobile Carriers Agree To Support Global NFC Standard

    Japan, one of the most advanced mobile nations in the world, doesn’t want to be a “cell phone Galapagos” anymore, at least when it comes to payments over NFC. Paying with cell phones is already ubiquitous in Japan, but now the country’s top three telcos (NTT Docomo, KDDI au, and SoftBank Mobile) are trying to switch from the Nippon-only Osaifu Keitai system to the Type… Read More

  • LG’s Optimus LTE Android Phone Goes On Sale In Japan

    LG’s Optimus LTE Android Phone Goes On Sale In Japan

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo has introduced LG’s awesome Optimus Android phone in Japan yesterday. It’s compatible to Docomo’s 4G service Xi and follows the launch of the handset in Korea and North America. The Docomo version comes equipped with NFC and a digital TV tuner for Japanese users wanting to watch 1seg channels on the 4.5-inch, 1280×720 IPS display. Read More

  • NEC MEDIAS PP: Waterproof Android Phone With 4-Inch OLED Screen, 1700mAh Battery, Wireless Charging Support

    NEC MEDIAS PP: Waterproof Android Phone With 4-Inch OLED Screen, 1700mAh Battery, Wireless Charging Support

    Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo has announced [JP] it will start offering the Medias PP N-01D on December 9, the latest Android phone in NEC’s Medias smartphone series. And if NEC ever gets its act together regarding its internationalization plans, this pretty cool device might hit the US and other markets soon, too. NEC is especially proud of the 1,700mmAH battery that’s built… Read More

  • Video: NTT Docomo Shows Japanese/English Real-Time Translation Service For Mobile Phones

    Video: NTT Docomo Shows Japanese/English Real-Time Translation Service For Mobile Phones

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo has developed a real-time Japanese <-> English translation service for mobile phones, the first of its kind. The way it works is that you speak something into the device and wait to hear a voice interpretation of what you just said in another language. As you can see in the videos embedded below, the service, which uses the cloud for the… Read More

  • 5 Product Innovations From CEATEC 2011 In Japan (Video Gallery)

    5 Product Innovations From CEATEC 2011 In Japan (Video Gallery)

    Truth be told, I wasn’t very impressed with what electronics makers showed at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition – especially because a lot of the new products were “leaked” to the Japanese press before the event started. However, here are a total of five of the coolest innovations Japanese companies showed at CEATEC 2011 in video form, delivered from our friends at Diginfo… Read More

  • Orange To Bring Sharp 3D Android Phone To Asia And Europe

    Orange To Bring Sharp 3D Android Phone To Asia And Europe

    Is this finally the beginning of Japanese Android phones being made available outside their home market? Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo yesterday announced it has inked a deal with French telco Orange to bring a Sharp Android handset to Asia and Europe. The handset in question is a pretty nice one, the AQUOS PHONE SH80F (pictured), that Sharp introduced (together with Docomo)… Read More

  • NTT Docomo’s Cases Make Smartphones Measure Radiation, Body Fat, Alcohol

    NTT Docomo’s Cases Make Smartphones Measure Radiation, Body Fat, Alcohol

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo unveiled a few pretty interesting smartphone add-ons today. Perhaps most notable are a set of special cases the company developed to not provide extra protection but to add unique functions to the handsets they are used with. These jackets essentially turn smartphones into dosimeters, and there are three of them: one to measure radiation… Read More

  • Fujitsu’s Waterproof LTE F-01D Android Tablet To Land In Japan Next Month

    Fujitsu’s Waterproof LTE F-01D Android Tablet To Land In Japan Next Month

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo is stepping up its efforts to bring Xi, its LTE service, to the masses: today, the company announced two tablets that are compatible with the standard for the Japanese market, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a new device from Fujitsu, the so-called ARROWS Tab LTE F-01D. Both tablets will be released next month, come with Android Honeycomb, and have… Read More

  • Video: NTT Docomo's Mobile, Simultaneous Translation System

    The idea of translating spoken language from cell phone to cell phone isn’t exactly new, but the mobile simultaneous translation system NTT Docomo is currently working on looks really impressive. Japan’s biggest mobile carrier says it uses the “best technologies” for voice recognition, machine translation, and voice synthesis out there for its solution. Read More