Kyocera’s website is now listing the details for the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update as it pertains to their dual-screen Echo. Expected to have begun rolling out this week, the update brings a number of new features to the device, breathing new functionality into the handset. Among the details are support for Wi-Fi calling capability, Near Field Communications (NFC), and a new Echo Mode for battery and performance optimization.
We can’t recall ever hearing the Echo as having NFC support and we don’t know why Kyocera or Sprint would keep it a secret, but we’re not going to complain now. As for the Wi-Fi calling capability, we’re hoping to learn more here as well. We’ve reached out to T-Mobile First?[VIDEO]” href=”http://www.androidguys.com/2010/09/21/kineto-wireless-bringing-uma-android-phones-tmobile-firstvideo/”>Kineto, the company who powers T-Mobile‘s Wi-Fi calling feature, to see if they were responsible for the Kyocera option.
UPDATE: And just like that, the two awesome features we were blindsided by, NFC and Wi-Fi calling, are no longer part of the update. Should have known better, eh?
Head to Kyocera’s website to read more about the Gingerbread update for the Echo. Does the $99 dual-screen handset sound more appealing to you now?
See also: Sprint Feed