Android 1.6-running Kyocera Zio will be launched by Cricket on August 15

The Kyocera Zio, the company’s first Android smartphone, was announced a long time ago.

Since then, both Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 were released. The Zio, however, wasn’t.

It appears that it will finally launch, on Cricket, on August 15. It will be called the Sanyo Zio and it may cost about $249-$299, but that’s without a typical contract. It will come with a very good-sounding $55/month unlimited everything plan.

The Zio will still run Android 1.6, as it was supposed to back when we first heard of it. Kyocera have said that an upgrade to 2.x is on the way, but Cricket’s version isn’t guaranteed to get that.

And it’s a shame really, since this is one of the best-specced phones from Cricket.

Highlights include:

  • a 3.5″ WVGA (480×800) touchscreen
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 3G and WiFi, stereo Bluetooth

Not even close to an HTC Desire or Samsung Galaxy S, but once again, great for Cricket customers. Cricket have also recently announced that they’ve now got coverage in all 50 states thanks to roaming agreements with Sprint Nextel and MetroPCS.

If you’re interested, you can pre-order the Zio here.

Via Android and Me

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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