Japan is going to see a Yahoo branded phone through SoftBank, the third biggest mobile operator of the country. Ironically, the device will feature the Android operating system, made by Yahoo’s biggest rival — Google.
Notably, SoftBank is an investor in Yahoo Japan, so their coming together to offer this phone is all the more apparent.
The phone itself will be made by Sharp and will have Android Gingerbread, an 8 megapixel camera, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, digital TV Tuner and much more. The phone will have Yahoo apps pre-loaded on the phone, which will include Yahoo Japan Home, Yahoo Japan Auctions, Yahoo Luco. The sale of the phone will start later next month.
Even those who are heavily into the Google services would love the additional benefit of having Yahoo apps in the phone as well. Since Yahoo is the biggest website of Japan, the familiarity of the brand Yahoo is likely to attract more users to the Android phone.