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Sony Ericsson Yendo brings touch to Walkman phones

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed June 16, 2010

SE Yendo borrows Android UI in regular music phone

Sony Ericsson put out one more device on Wednesday that represents the first touchscreen Walkman phone. The Yendo doesn't use Android but relies on the same four-corner UI as the X10 mini to provide quicker access to music and other common tasks. Music itself has been given an upgrade with a new Walkman app that carries many of the same features, such as track identifiers, MediaGo sharing and the PlayNow music store.

Social networking is still a component with Facebook, Orkut and Twitter access. Sony Ericsson keeps the costs down with a two-megapixel camera, EDGE-only data and no GPS or Wi-Fi, but the 2.6-inch, 320x240 display is said to work for music as it keeps most tasks one-handed.

Yendos should reach shops sometime in the summer, but the two-band GSM and EDGE support makes it more likely to reach areas like Asia and Latin America rather than the US, although it does work on AT&T's 850MHz frequency.

by MacNN Staff





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