Tag Archive: Japan


Essential Phone reportedly coming to the UK, Europe and Japan

EE among carriers in discussion with Android founder’s company over exclusivity deal.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is looking to spread its reach beyond the United States, according to The Financial Times. The paper reports that Essential wants to bring its phone to the UK, mainland Europe and Japan, and that the company is already in talks with UK carriers including EE around an exclusivvity deal.

Essential’s bezel-less, modular-equipped, stock Android handset will go on sale for  [Read More…]

Pokémon Go launches in Japan with sponsored gyms

Pokémon Go has made its debut in Japan, and the game is seeing its first commercial tie-in. Over 3,000 McDonald’s outlets spread across the country have been turned into gyms, allowing players to battle and take control of the real-world locations for their teams.

The game should make its way to other markets in Asia in due course of time. In the meantime, check out our extensive coverage of Pokémon Go.

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Spotify heading to Indonesia; may debut in Japan and India

Spotify is all set to launch in Indonesia by the end of March, and it looks like the streaming service is set to continue its Asia expansion by debuting in Japan and India in the coming months.

HALO INDONESIA!!! #WaktunyaSpotify pic.twitter.com/D0YxEJiQxt

— Spotify Indonesia (@SpotifyID) March 20, 2016

According to TechCrunch, the music streaming service is looking to make its debut in the Japanese market shortly, with an exploratory interest in India.

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Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, will launch in Japan on March 17

Nintendo plans to launch its first smartphone app, Miitomo, on March 17 in Japan. The app was first announced several months ago and pre-registrations began in February.

The launch announcement in Japan was made via Twitter:

スマホアプリ『Miitomo』の配信開始日が、2016年3月17日(木)に決定しました。なお、事前登録については3月16日の昼12時に受付終了しますので、お早めにご登録ください。 https://t.co/YbsKcr8qM7 pic.twitter.com/bTATmK1qHi

— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) March 11, 2016

Miitomo was designed to be a chat experience using the Mii avatars that were first introduced with the Nintendo Wii console:

Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions  [Read More…]

Pokemon Co-master to bring board game battles to Android in Japan

The Pokémon Company will soon release a new mobile game for Android called Pokémon Co-master. Taking the form of a strategy board game, Co-master offers both single-player battles against computer-controlled opponents, as well as online multiplayer matches.

Pokémon Co-master combines its strategy mechanics with the collection of virtual Pokémon figurines. As they move across the game board, Pokémon will battle with their unique powers when they encounter each other, just like in the standard Pokémon games.

Co-master was  [Read More…]

Panasonic announces the Android-powered DMC-CM10 camera, headed to Japan

Panasonic is back again with another Android-powered camera, this time the DMC-CM10 which is destined for Japan. The design here may look rather familiar, as it is actually the same as Panasonic’s CM1, which was both a camera and a phone in one. This time around, however, Panasonic has not included a phone inside. This 20.1MP camera comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, giving you access to tons of apps in Google Play.

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Samsung Pay gains support for T-Money and Cashbee transportation payment services in Japan

Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay will now work with T-Money and Cashbee transportation payment methods in Japan. The new service, which is called Samsung Pay Transportation Card Service, lets you use various transportation payment methods in one spot. All you’ll need to do to use the service is register the cards within the Samsung Pay application and then begin making payments for their trips.

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick available for pre-order in Japan

Amazon is expanding the reach of its Fire TV set-top box and its Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle to Japan. Both products are now available for pre-order in that country and Amazon Prime Video is also accessible in Japan as well.

On HTC, ‘flagships,’ Japan and Android Wear …

We talk a lot — too much, really — about “flagships” when it comes to smartphones. It’s become a diluted term for “phone that probably has good specs so we want to make it sound important.” Such is the case with recent rumors about a dual-“flagship” launch from HTC later this month, happening in Japan.

Don’t expect new global ‘flagships’ from HTC at a Japanese announcement this month.

Here’s the thing — and it’s a thing about which we’ve obtained  [Read More…]

LG’s Disney-themed smartphone launches in Japan

LG Electronics announced a Disney-themed smartphone in Japan on Monday. This high-end smartphone will be sold exclusively by Japan’s most popular mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo. The LG smartphone has been dubbed the DM-01 and is the eighth Disney mobile device on the company’s lineup.

The LG DM-01 G comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, with a 13.2 MP rear camera  [Read More…]