Casio chief says company ready for smartwatch revolution
The chief executive of Casio says his company is already prepared to face new competition in the watch sector from tech giants like Apple and Samsung. Speaking with The New York Times, Kazuo Kashio proclaimed that his company has long known the value of the wrist with regard to wearable computing, and that it has been preparing accordingly. Casio has already introduced devices that integrate a number of mobile technologies.
Similar 16.1MP sensor as earlier versions, five axis image stabilization
Casio has just launched a new compact camera in its EXILIM range. The EX-ZR800 uses a similar 16.1-megapixel sensor to earlier versions, as well as the EXILIM engine for image processing, but this time increases the optical zoom from 12.5x to 18x, and introduces five stop, five axis image stabilization for clearer photographs.
Follow-up to G'zOne Commando retains ruggedness, outdoor widgets
A new smartphone from Casio will be making its way to Verizon, according to a leaked image. The Casio Commando 4G LTE, the follow-up to the Casio G'zOne Commando released in 2011, appears to retain most of the angular and ruggedized appearance of its predecessor, but adds in LTE connectivity and is likely to have other improved internals.
Simplified smartwatch boasts two-year battery, shockproofing
Casio has started shipping a wristwatch with built-in Bluetooth connectivity to the US. The G-Shock GB6900, shown off late last year and faced delays coming to market caused by flooding in Thailand, is capable of connecting to Bluetooth 4.0 smartphones such as the iPhone 4S, and showing various updates on the watch face.
G'zOne C811 shows up at FCC with Verizon LTE, NFC radio
Casio is readying to release another G'zOne handset by getting the needed FCC approval before the phone can be sold in the U.S. Thus far known only by its C811 model name, the filing reveals that the phone will have LTE network support for Verizon's network and an NFC radio. It will also support global GSM networks and of course have Wi-Fi onboard.
Casio business tablets due to reach Japan in September
Casio has introduced four new tablets aimed at business users and relegated to the Japanese market. All share a 10.1-inch touchscreen with the Paper Writer V-N500-WJ and Paper Writer V-N500-J getting a stylus pen and handwriting recognition. Either can also convert the handwritten notes to a digital format.
NEC Best Cloud UX touts book-like Android
Joint partnership NEC-Casio Mobile gave a preview Thursday of the Medias-badged devices it would have at Mobile World Congress as part of a major push into smartphones outside of Japan. Topping the group is an unusual dual-screen device, so far only known as the Best Cloud UX Device. The device carries two 4.3-inch screens and folds like a reverse book, with both screens on the outside; the Android 4.0 device becomes more of a tablet ideal for the cloud, NEC claims.
Verizon releases slew of Android updates for gear
Verizon has just released a slew of software upgrades for its Android-powered gear, including the Droid Xyboard tablets which are getting the 1.6.0M_279 update. It promises to enhance third-party pen and native touch performance, better browsing, maintaining a data connection while swapping from Wi-Fi to broadband, and in a twist now has global roaming for data. The update is nearly 84MB.
Casio demos prototype G-Shock phone
Hidden at Casio's booth at CES was a prototype of a smartphone even more rugged than its G'zOne line that has been caught only two weeks later. The phone seen by MyNavi would borrow the G-Shock name from Casio's watches and, with a thick outer frame, could take up to a 10-foot drop without breaking versus the more common three feet. It could also stay immersed in water up to 33 feet deep and take a ton of pressure, although it's not clear if this would be metric or imperial.
Casio may have hinted at major Verizon plans
A focus group member claimed Wednesday to have been asked to give feedback on devices revealing at least some of its plans for the near future, most of which were for Verizon. The range-topping device purportedly identified by a Droid-Life reader would be very different than the rugged phones Casio usually ships, carrying a 4.5- or 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, a quad-core processor, LTE-based 4G, NFC wireless, and eight-megapixel back and two-megapixel front cameras. It would have a large-capacity 2,000mAh battery and ran the "latest Android," which looked to the reader to be Android 4.0.
All models hit 16.1 megapixels
Casio has announced several new EXILIM compact cameras. The flagship model is the EX-ZR200, a 16.1 megapixel compact which uses a 12.5x optical zoom lens, and supports 1080p video recording. Light sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 to 3200, and the camera also includes features such as Rapid Shutter and Premium AUTO PRO modes, the latter automatically enabling the likes of HDR, night scene, and anti-shake functions as needed.
Casio shows first Bluetooth LE G-Shock watch
Casio Japan, known for its calculators and wristwatches, has just introduced the first watches with Bluetooth LE (low energy) onboard, making it compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 cellphones like the iPhone 4S. The G-Shock GB-6900 will synchronize the current time from paired handsets and will display incoming call names or numbers, e-mails, and text messages on its display. Users can also switch handsets into vibration mode without touching them.
Verizon dates, prices rugged G'zOne Ravine 2
As expected, Verizon has now officially revealed that the Casio G'zOne Ravine 2 rugged flip phone will soon arrive at its stores. The clamshell meets military-spec 810G standards for resistance to water, shock, dust, vibration, salt, fog, humidity, as well as altitude and temperature extremes. It also runs both CDMA and GSM to support world roaming with a suitable plan.
Rebate announcement tips Verizon's hand
Verizon could be releasing three new Android smartphones to the market in the very near future based on leaks. Although there is no direct evidence, Engadget spotted a rebate form from the carrier which lists the Samsung Illusion, Casio G'zOne Ravine 2, and BlackBerry Curve 9370 as being part of an upcoming rebate promotion. The timing of the rebate period varied, but ended at the furthest on November 28.
Delivers Gingerbread and other enhancements
Verizon has released a new update for its Casio G'zOne Commando. The download updates the phone to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), as well as providing some improved performance for Verizon specific features. Verizon claims that a key benefit of the update will be reduced lag.
Covers 'use of Linux in certain Casio devices'
Microsoft and Casio announced they have reached a multiyear cross-licensing agreement covering the use of Linux in certain Casio devices. Details of the agreement were not released. The companies did state that the deal calls for Casio to compensate Microsoft. Since December 2003, Microsoft has created over 700 licensing agreements with other companies for its intellectual property.
Slim, 7.7mm Medias N-04C phone due in US?
The NEC N-04C Android smartphone that's offered by NTT DoCoMo in Japan may be coming to the US, Japanese daily business paper Nikkei reported. The handset, touted as the world's thinnest at 7.7mm, was announced to be coming to the US last year and may be offered by Verizon and some other carriers. It will be made by NEC Casio Mobile Communications, which was formed back in 2009.
Android hits 57pc in Japan vs iPhone at 38pc
Android successfully pushed past the iPhone for the top smartphone platform in Japan last fiscal year, according to MM Research Institute. Google shot up from just 250,000 phones and 11 percent of the market at the end of March 2010 to 4.91 million phones at the end of March this year, or 57.4 percent. Apple moved 3.23 million iPhones over the same period and was 37.8 percent; BlackBerry and Windows Mobile were virtually non-existent.
Casio G'zOne Command Android phone hits Verizon
Continuing with a wave of Android phone launches in the past week, Verizon confirmed the launch of the Casio G'zOne Commando [updated soon]. The phone is the first Android phone with Casio's rugged label and meets the US military's 810G spec for brief immersion in water as well as resistance to drops, dust, vibration, and temperature. A special G'zGear portal is meant for outdoor hikers and gives them tools like a pedometer, a trip history, temperature, star charts, and a compass.
Commando, Droid Incredible 2 demo units show
The Casio G’zOne Commando and HTC Droid Incredible demo units have arrived in Verizon stores. Also reportedly in stores ahead of their April 28 launch are the shipping units. While a number of details have slipped about the Droid Incredible 2, less is known about that Casio G’zOne Commando, a ruggedized Android 2.2 smartphone for outdoor adventurers.
Casio Tryx now at Best Buy in black and white
Casio's Tryx camera introduced at CES is now shipping to Best Buy stores in the US. While the camera is available in black and white, the white version is exclusive to Best Buy. Either color of the 12.1-megapixel camera is priced at $250.
Verizon EOLs Incredible, roadmap backs sequel
Verizon has quietly marked the end of a minor era by withdrawing the Droid Incredible shortly before its sequel arrives. The phone no longer shows online and is likely clearing out stock at retail. HTC's phone was the first high-end Android hardware at Verizon after the original Motorola Droid and one of its most consistent sellers, having been on shelves for nearly a full year.
NEC to bring noise suppression tech to cameras
Japanese electronics maker NEC announced on Wednesday it will take steps to suppress the noise made by motors and related mechanisms used in the zoom lenses of its compact digital cameras. The technique would be most useful in movie recording mode. The technology would do so artificially and can be likened to noise cancelling methods, recording the core characteristics of the offending sounds and then removing them in real time from the signals recorded by the microphone.
Casio intros Tryx freestyle camera, art service
At its CES press conference, Casio's theme was digital imaging revolution. The company unveiled a new online service dubbed Imaging Square, a form of what the company calls digital photo art. It involves taking users' digital photos and turning them into what look like traditional, albeit perfect and machine-made, paintings. Mounting the products in a frame or in an easel furthers the mirage. At the same time, Casio showed off a new style of wearable camera, the Tryx.
Frame serves as handle and stand
Casio has accidentally slipped information surrounding its latest camcorder, the Tryx, which was spotted in advertisements on the Las Vegas Convention Center ahead of CES this week. The camera appears to be built with a unique housing featuring dual hinges.
New display tech 458ppi vs Retina display 326ppi
Orustech Japan has teamed with Casio and Toppan Printing to develop the world’s smallest 1080p display. It measures 4.8 inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 1920x1080 at an extremely high density of 458 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This is a much more densely packed display than the iPhone 4’s vaunted 3.5-inch Retina display, which has a 960x640 resolution at 326ppi.
G'zOne Ravine flip phone official for Verizon
Verizon confirmed that the Casio G'zOne Ravine will reach the provider this month. The rugged flip phone is resistant to dust, water, temperature extremes and shock and supports Verizon's Push-to-Talk system. It has a text-to-speech feature that allows hands-free texting, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash.
Casio Exilim Z2300, ZR10 cams introduced in Japan
Casio in Japan on Monday introduced two new digital cameras, including the Exilim EX-Z2300 and the EX-ZR10. The Z2300 is less advanced of the two, getting a 14.1-megapixel sensor along with a 3-inch, 960x480 LCD. Its lens has a 5x optical zoom and images are stored on either 34.9MB of built-in space or SDHC cards.
Casio intros EX-H20G and EX-Z16 compact cams
Casio grew its Exilim Zoom range by two today with both high-end and low-end models. At the top, the EX-H20G is its first with a full GPS system to geotag shots. The system takes a hybrid approach with both a true GPS receiver as well as motion sensors to estimate the position based on how far the photographer has moved from the last known position.
Casio brings EX-S200, EX-Z800 cams to the US
Casio has now brought two point and shoot Exilim cameras it first introduced at the start of August to North America. The Card EX-S200 and Zoom EX-Z800 share Exilim Engine 5.0 and have 14.1-megapixel sensors as well as the ability to record 720p HD videos. The 27mm wide angle lenses on either have 4X optical zoom.
Verizon to get Moto, Samsung tablets in November
What is being described as a trusted source has informed PhoneArena of a number of upcoming smartphones and tablets at Verizon. The report says September will see the release of the Motorola Droid 2 World Edition. This would be the first Android-powered global handset, and will be available in black/blue as well as white. Many of these rumored releases are supplemented by earlier news.
Casio S200 and Z800 pack 4X zoom, 720p video
Casio today launched two new Exilim point-and-shoots with relatively traditional designs but raising the company's standards for basic cameras. The slimmer EX-S200 and the thicker EX-Z800 both capture at 14 megapixels with 4X optical lenses. Both use their creator's newer Exilim Engine 5.0 processing and support 720p video.
NEC Casio Mobile to sell phones in the US?
The mobile merger that is NEC, Hitachi and Casio unveiled aggressive expansion plans this week. The resulting company, now called NEC Casio Mobile Communications, plans to ship 12 million handsets in 2012, which represents an increase of 60 percent compared to all phones shipped by the three individual companies in 2009. This expansion may reach the US, with reports suggesting NEC Casio Mobile looking to tie in with Verizon and AT&T.
Verizon now selling G'zOne Brigade for $250
The rugged Casio G'zOne Brigade handset introduced by Verizon last fall is now on sale at the carrier. The water-, dust- and shock-resistant phone meets the MIL-STD-810F standard for toughness. The device flips open horizontally to reveal a full QWERTY hardware keyboard and a large 2.9-inch screen with a 480x270 resolution.
Casio announces GzOne Brigade rugged PTT phone
Casio is now spreading word of its G'zOne Brigade rugged handset, which has already been introduced by Verizon, suggesting the device is very near a release. Other than its MIL STD-810F compliance which lets it withstand some knocks, temperature extremes and water submersion, the Brigade also features push-to-talk functionality. It's a CDMA handset that supports EVDO Rev. A networks.
Contains outdoor and indoor location features
Casio let slip that the location-aware variant of its Exilim EX-H10 would formally launch in October this year. A prototype of the Exilim EX-HG10 was shown at CES in January. The HG10 adds an internal GPS sensor and a 3D accelerometer for interpolating indoor location to the 12.1-megapixel sensor, 10x zoom lens, and 720p video recording capability of the original.
Casio adds EX-S7 and EX-Z35
Casio saved two compact camera unveilings for its PMA launch. The Exilim EX-S7 serves as a relatively entry-level 12-megapixel model with a 3X lens and no image stabilization. Its chief addition is 720p video recording with a dedicated capture button.
Casio intros EX-10HG prototype with GPS, more
Casio at CES showed off a unique prototype of a location-aware camera based on the company's existing EX-10 shooter. The EX-10HG (Hybrid GPS) has a built-in GPS sensor for geotagging photos when outdoors, but when a signal is lost once users go indoors or are in heavily built-up downtown areas, its three-axis accelerometers kick in to determine the direction and distance it has traveled since it last saw a satellite. A rudimentary map is also built in, allowing users to see where they've been, or where they've captured photos or videos more specifically.
FH100, H15, Z2000 and Z550
As a part of its CES unveilings, Casio has announced four new EXILIM cameras. The first, the FH100, is rated at 10.1 megapixels, and uses a 10x optical zoom lens. Its primary feature is burst photography, allowing users to shoot stills at up to 40fps; when active however, burst speeds limit users to 30 shots and a resolution of 9 megapixels. A separate high-speed movie mode records at up to 1,000fps.
Frame converts pictures into virtual paintings
Casio has introduced the Digital Art Frame, a new display that applies artistic effects to images. The frame integrates a 10.2-inch LCD, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, a light sensor for brightness adjustment, and a proximity sensor for automatic power control. Internal memory provides 2GB of storage, while users can expand the memory with an SD card.
G'zOne Rock touts outdoor apps, music
Verizon added a new rugged phone to its slate through the Casio G'zOne Rock. The clamshell is hardened to the military's 810F standards for dust- and waterproofing, shock and temperature but also now has six apps tailored for hiking and other outdoor activities. It uses its GPS both for a distance-aware compass as well as a pedometer; it also has independent apps for the lunar calendar, sunrise/sunset, temperatures and the tides.
Casio Exilim G just 0.8in thick
Casio today added a new category to its Exilim cameras tailored just to ruggedized models. The Exilim G series is headed up by the EX-G1 and claims the title of the thinnest toughened camera: it measures just 0.78 inches but can survive drops of 7 feet and is both dustproof as well as waterproof at depths of up to 10 feet for up to an hour. Winter travelers can also use it as it operates in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C).
Casio Exilim FH25 and FC150 in Japan
Casio on Monday upgraded two of its key Exilim cameras to focus on low-light image quality. The EX-FH25 superzoom and EX-FC150 compact both have backlit CMOS sensors borrowed from the Sony TX1 and can take in more light, improving the detail both for night scenes as well as portraits of backlit subjects. Both cameras accordingly have dedicated scene modes.
Casio G'zOne Brigade gets QWERTY keyboard
At a press event in New York City on Thursday, wireless provider Verizon showed off the still-unannounced Casio G'zOne Brigade handset. Photos reveal that this is Casio's first rugged push-to-talk device to flip open vertically to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. This keyboard has four rows of keys that include a shortcut key for messaging along with a dedicated row of number keys.
Casio Hitachi NEC joint cellular venture
Casio, Hitachi and NEC took defensive steps to protect their cellphones today and said they would merge their handset businesses into a single joint venture. The deal leaked earlier will see NEC join an existing Casio and Hitachi venture but largely take it over; NEC will have a 66 percent stake while Casio and Hitachi will have 17.3 percent and 16.7 percent respectively. All three will share their technology, production and other efforts as part of the deal.
Casio Exilim Z280 and Z33
Casio became the second camera maker to refresh its line on Monday with two new Exilim Zoom models for newcomers in the US. The EX-Z280 tops these with a Exilim Engine 4 processor that the company claims produces better image quality while also extending battery life. It further brings features that weren't an option before, including 720p video recording and a new version of Dynamic Photo that embeds animated clip art on-camera.
Casio Hitachi NEC Rumor
Three of Japan's major cellphone makers are nearing a joint venture that would create one of the largest companies of its type, sources said on Friday. Contacts for the WSJ believe Casio, Hitachi and Sharp are in talks to create a phone-only firm that would launch by April 2010. The project would be an attempt to consolidate businesses after the combination of economic fallout and a largely saturated Japanese cellphone market, where such a high percentage of residents own cellphones that handset designers are often competing for upgrades rather than new users.
Casio Exilim Z450 and Z90
Casio this morning upgraded its Exilim Zoom compacts with two new models that focus on software, not hardware. The EX-Z450 and EX-Z90 both have an Intelligent AF addition that can recognize many objects in a scene, not just humans, and automatically tune both focus and exposure to capture what it believes is the right subject. They also have a new Dynamic Photo compositing mode that can cut out a moving subject and put it in another shot by taking a single photo with a solid-hued background.
Upcoming Verizon phones
A list of upcoming handsets due out soon at Verizon Wireless has been outed by a Verizon insider, according to a weekend PhoneArena report. All are expected to be available later this year, and among them is the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575, which is expected to sport a full touchscreen interface and may turn out to be the previously leaked BL40. Rumors of the BlackBerry Storm 2, aka 9550, have also been well documented, with the device expected to arrive sometime around October or November.
Casio XJ-S43W Projector
Casio on Wednesday launched an update to its slim projector line with a lone but important model, the XJ-S43W. The new DLP unit is now much friendlier to widescreen notebooks and HD sources with a 1280x800 native resolution. It's also now brighter and generates as much as 2,500 lumens with a 1,800:1 contrast ratio. Size remains the selling point as the system is just under 1.7 inches at its thickest point and less than 1.3 inches at its best.