Published on December 15th,2010 at 3:56 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Sharp to Migrate Focus to Smartphone Production

Sharp to Migrate Focus to Smartphone Production

Sharp Corporation has released or announced the release of five smartphones this winter and next spring – the IS03 and IS05 on au, LYNX SH-03C on NTT Docomo, and 003SH and 005SH models on SoftBank. With their decision to exit the personal computer market to focus on their Galapagos line of devices and services, led by their two Android-powered ebook readers and new smartphones, Sharp intends to fully leap onto the fast-rising smartphone market platform and increase its market share to about 30% in the next couple years, compared to Apple’s current 60.1% and Sony Ericsson’s 20.6%.

Sharp’s new smartphones are all part of the company’s new Galapagos branding, giving them access to the ebookstore that went online on the same day Sharp’s flagship ebook readers went on sale. They all run Android, giving them the extensibility and flexibility from installing apps on the Android Market; and they have features found on Japanese featurephones, such as contactless IC payment, one-seg, and infrared – which aren’t found on any of the more popular (and non-domestic) smartphones currently on the market. Sharp thus hopes to transfer the experience and know-how it gained from producing its dumbphones, which the company has said it will continue developing, to help its smartphone market share to grow.

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Comments
 

  • basejump

    Sharp realese a device is01 by au and lynx by docomo as a non finished product…no making test enough to certify the quality of the product…i prefer expend my money and time with another maker device…

    Sharp can t update your own device..is01…official posted by AU support….too bad…someone still want is03? Is funny cause Is01 use the same processor of Xperia x10….follow the transcrition of AU COMMENT ABOUT is01
    #Dear Customer,

    Thank you for your inquiry through our website to au E-mail Support Desk.
    We will answer your inquiry as follows.
    My name is Tsutsumi.

    We are very sorry to say that we could not provide upgrade service for OS version of “IS01″.

    Regarding upgrading OS version, we have come up with the conclusion that it is not possible to conduct it
    after so many testings and verifications with manufacturer for 5 months.

    The uprading OS version was under consideration when releasing “IS01″ at first time.

    We are sorry for disappointing loyal customers as you with this matter.

    We address the full support of “IS01″ thoroughly, such as minor upgrade and modifications.

    Regarding “Skype”, we provide “Skype au” service for Android OS smartphone including “IS01″.

    We provide various secured applications on “au one Market”.
    For example, you can use “Skype au” by downloading application from “au one Market.”
    *Downloading involves packet communication charge.

    We truly apologize again for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
    We will report your opinion to section in charge of technical improvement.

    We would be appreciated if you kindly understand this matter.

    Best regards

    ◆Notice◆
    When you reply to this mail for further information,
    please let us know the 15-digits number ([000000000000000])
    on title of this mail or please do not change the title itself.

    ******
    KDDI au E-mail Support Desk#

  • basejump

    Galapagos by Sharp is going to past…if LG is launch a dual core smartphone in january…maybe next summer arrive here in Japan….Someone still interesting about Sharp device?
    LG Electronics announced the Optimus 2X, which it lauds as the first smartphone in the world with a dual-core processor. The phone comes with a 4-inch screen and 8GB of storage, and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 – previously seen only on new Android tablets – which will give it HDMI mirroring and 1080p HD video playback abilities. The Optimus 2X also packs a microSD card slot, a microUSB port, 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will come with Android 2.2 (with a planned upgrade to 2.3). Planned availability in Korea in January, later in Europe and Asia.

    In the high-tech rumor mill, HTC supposedly has its own dual-core smartphone, running on a new Qualcomm processor, called the HTC Glacier.

 

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