In mid-May 2010, Sharp began sales of the "developer" version of a new mobile communication device, called the IS01. The IS01 runs Android 1.6 and comes with all Google Android goodies one might expect, but has some main modules stripped off, such as the cellular modem (meaning no phone calls, no 3G data) and without API support for FM and 1Seg connectivity. Instead, Sharp offers Japanese enthusiast coders an SDK to use to create and elaborate their own vision of the IS01.
The Software Development Kit Sharp have made available at their specially built IS01-developer website (The Developers Square) offers keen programmers a technologically advanced "playground" where they can create their own customized versions of this Mobile Internet Device (MID).
The developer edition (code named the JN-DK01) flaunts a 5-inch "New Mobile ASV" multitouch screen boasting a very high resolution of 960 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 256 MB of RAM. Equipped with 4 GB of internal memory with SDHC support, 1Seg TV tuner (for Japanese digital television broadcasts) and an FM Transmitter, IrDA and Wi-Fi B/G and Bluetooth + EDR, the IS01 also promises comfortable text input with a full QWERTY keyboard having a 11.2 mm key pitch.
A special Sharp treat is the built-in Aquos Blu-Ray transport allowing you to rip Blu-Ray movies directly to your IS01. There is also a 5.27 MP rear camera and a front facing one for video calls of just 0.43 MP. The auto-focus smile-tracking 5+ MP main camera also serves as the door to a rather new service mobile internet devices offer, Enhanced Reality, or "Sekai Camera".
The IS01 is marketed by the third largest mobile operator in Japan, AU KDDI, and achieves connectivity via KDDI's CDMA module. The "user" version hit stores in Japan in October 2010.
While KDDI are taking their time working out the details – or relying on fan-coders to – Japan's largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, made a move that wasn't anticipated by many. They showed off their revamped version of the IS01, called LYNX SH-10B in their Summer 2010 collection, and began selling it at the end of May. The CDMA module is replaced by DoCoMo's WCDMA cellular module and you get a much more attractive black & red or black & white color body.
Date added/updated: 11 March 2018 – 00:31
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