• SMT-i9100: Japan Gets Galaxy Tab-Like Samsung Tablet

    Last week at CEATEC 2010 in Japan, I saw attendees going nuts over the Galaxy Tab, which Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, NTT Docomo, won the local marketing rights for. And today, the No. 2 company in that space in Japan, KDDI, announced the so-called SMT-i900 [JP], which looks like a rebranded version of said tablet but is actually a different device. Read More

  • 14 (Partly Awesome) New Feature Phones From Japan's KDDI

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile carrier, has today announced its cell phone line-up for the coming winter and spring. The company has shown not only three smartphones and two new iida “designer phones”, which we covered here, but also 14 new feature phones, some of which boast impressive specs. Read More

  • Japan's KDDI Rolls Out New Smartphones And Designer Phones

    Japan’s second biggest mobile carrier KDDI has just announced its cell phone line-up for the coming winter and spring. The company unveiled no less than 19 new handsets today: three smartphones, 14 feature phones and another two “designer phones”, which will be marketed under KDDI’s sub brand iida. Here are all the main specs for the new smartphones and iida handsets… Read More

  • IS03: Sharp's New Android Phone Boasts Impressive Specs (Video)

    It took Japan’s handset makers and carriers a while, but interest in Android is picking up steam over here. Sharp, for example, announced two Android tablets for release later this year just last week. Earlier this year, the same company presented the IS01 (full details), an Android-based smartbook distributed by Japan’s No. 2 mobile carrier, KDDI au. And today both companies… Read More

  • Light Pool: Japan gets a new designer cell phone

    Japan’s second biggest cell phone carrier KDDI (over 30 million subscribers) rolls out quite unique handsets from time to time, mostly under their iida sub-brand. The company today in Japan introduced [JP] another “lifestyle” cell phone, the so-called Light Pool. Technically, the device isn’t anything special – but it’s rather pretty. Read More

  • Photo gallery: Japan's KDDI shows summer cell phone line-up

    Japan’s second biggest mobile company KDDI today unveiled [JP] the 10 cell phones of their new line-up for this summer. The first of these models, the majority of which are waterproof (which seems to indicate a new trend in Japan’s cell phone industry), will be rolled out in Japan as early as at the end of this month. Here’s the complete line-up. Read More

  • Japan gets 11 new cell phones: KDDI's full winter line-up (photo gallery)

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au showed their new cell phones [JP] for this winter. The first of the eleven models will be available in Japan as early as this month. Complete line-up after the jump. Read More

  • Toshiba makes those yet-to-be-commercialized mini fuel cells smaller

    Fuel cells, those electrochemical conversion devices, which are supposed to make the lives of gadget freaks easier, are still a hot topic in the alternative energy sector even though the technology hasn’t penetrated the mass market yet. Toshiba, for example, has been experimenting with fuel cells for quite some time now. And the company has now announced the development of a fuel-cell… Read More

  • New device brings wireless Internet to boats

    We have Internet access in planes now (Virgin America offers it in the US, for example), so why not on boats? That’s what one of Japan’s biggest telecommunications companies, KDDI, thought and now gives us a device that will allow ship passengers to enjoy wireless broadband Internet while being out on the water. Read More

  • One second for 720 DVDs: New super-fast fiber optic cable

    KDDI R&D Laboratories, research arm of KDDI (a Japanese telcom) and Japan’s National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (NICT) yesterday announced [JP, PDF] the development of the world’s most advanced fiber optic cable. Read More

  • Videos: KDDI develops new "augmented reality" cell phone app

    Augmented reality (AR), the mixing of real-world data with computer-generated information, is currently a hot topic in the web world and is poised to play an even bigger role in the very near future. And cell phones in particular seem to be especially suitable as AR vehicles, meaning the devices will make it possible to impose graphical layers over real-world images while on the go. Read More

  • Japan ready to pump $10 billion into 3.9G network infrastructure

    Japan already has the most advanced cell phone infrastructure in the world and it seems it will get even better and faster in the very near future. The country’s four major cell phone carriers (NTT, KDDI, SoftBank and Emobile) say they intend to invest a total of $10 billion into 3.9-generation cell phone services. Read More

  • KDDI au unveils spring cell phone line-up (photo gallery)

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au today presented their new cell phones [JP] for this spring. The first handsets will be available in Nippon on Saturday. And they have a few spectacular models to offer – if only the Japanese carriers did what they promised a few months back (large-scale internationalization due to a shrinking home market), everyone could get… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Walkman Xmini Phone coming to Japan

    The Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced the Sony Ericsson Walkman Xmini phone to be realeased in Japan at the end of December. It measures 44 x 75 x 18mm (when closed) and features a 1.8-inch LCD display with 4GB of built-in memory. The Xmini can hold up to 2,300 songs from EZ “Chaku Uta Full”, KDDI’s mobile music download service. When it’s closed, it looks… Read More

  • KDDI's cell phone prototypes look great on the web but rather dull in reality

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier, showcased a number of cell phone prototypes in their five-floor Design Studio [JP] in central Tokyo. The phones were designed by award-winning design wunderkind Hideo Kanbara [JP]. I went to the so-called Ply Exhibition [JP] (which ended yesterday), made some pictures but actually left mildly disappointed. The phones (featuring… Read More

  • Japan’s super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?

    Over one billion cell phones have been sold worldwide in the last year, but in the US or Europe, the mobile Internet is still catching on relatively slowly. There even was a heated debate in the blogosphere just recently whether the mobile web has a future at all. However, this has never been a question in one specific region of the world: In Japan, since 2006 more people have been accessing… Read More

  • KDDI develops the world's first free viewpoint video technology for Web TV

    Tokyo-based KDDI R&D Laboratories announced [JP] they developed a technology that makes it possible to distribute free viewpoint video through the web. The research arm of the Japanese telecommunications powerhouse has been working on the technology for several years. KDDI claims users will be able to watch video from various angles. The technology will only work when the video material… Read More

  • Japanese Mobile To Add Quake Warnings

    Japan’s two biggest mobile operators, NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, have announced that they are working on an advanced quake warning system reports AFP. This system would notify customers of an earthquake before it even strikes. This system is expected to go into operation within a few months, and will pass on information from the Japanese meteorological agency. No word has been announced on… Read More

  • Japanese Telecom Provider Coming To US

    Seeing items from Japan like TVs and cars all over the US is nothing but commonplace these days. But in a rather interesting move, Japanese-based cell provider KDDI will be launching a new MVNO in the US. It will leech off of Sprint’s network, so expect lots of media and 3G features to be a part of the upcoming network. A newspaper in Japan reports that KDDI is already stepping into gear… Read More

  • Toshiba DRAPEs Ugly Phone

    Toshiba launched today the DRAPE, a hideous phone developed by KDDI. While she might not look that good on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? The DRAPE features a 3.2MP camera that includes auto-focus, digital zoom and night mode for shooting in low light condition. As per usual, the DRAPE can also as an MP3 player. No word yet on when and where this will… Read More