updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu May 28, 2009
Sony Ericsson intros Yari
Sony Ericsson's Yari phone allows for gesture gaming Sony Ericsson on Thursday announced the launch of its Yari handset in the UK, which is being touted as the first cell phone outside of Japan that lets users play games and otherwise interact with the device by gesturing in front of it. There is a number of preloaded gesture and standard games, but users can also download content from Sony Ericsson's PlayNow content library. Users can also trigger the 5-megapixel camera's virtual shutter by snapping their fingers.
Said camera has a 4x digital zoom and autofocus, as well as geotagging, face and smile detection. Users can edit their photos after taking them and send them directly to the web. Videos can also be recorded by the camera.
The 2.4-inch, 240x320 touchscreen will automatically rotate depending on the orientation of the phone. Music during phone calls can be shared at the press of a button and users can send their location by SMS as well. There is A2DP Bluetooth support, along with viewing Java applications on the web and an FM radio with RDS for more entertainment options.
To accommodate players, the device ships with a portable phone stand, the EC500. A 1GB microSD memory card and an MH300 headset will also be included with each Yari. A Yaria variant will add 850MHz 3G band support.
The Yari supports quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G networks. Yari will begin shipping in selected and unnamed markets in the fall, in black and white. No prices have been announced.