Sharp's AQUOUS- line of smartphones was trumpeted to the world as the first line of truly “Global Smartphones” but apparently for Sharp “Global” meant Japan only. But the land of the rising sun's monopoly on Sharp's Android handsets looks to be at an end. The French mobile provider Orange has just inked a deal to distribute Sharp's 3D Android handset, also know as AQUOS Phone SH-12C, in France starting October 6th. Could this be the start of new player on the global smartphone market?
The Orange's distribution plans only include locations in Europe and Asia at the moment but this cooperation could mark the start of an actually global markets plan by Sharp in line with their “Global Smartphone” design. With an almost daily announcement of a new high-powered handset coming out Sharps laboratories, often containing technology we're still waiting for on the Western market, it seems the Japanese manufacturer is well poised to become an international player in the smartphone game. It will be interesting to see, if this initial run of Sharp handsets is successful.
But again it begs an important question: Why can't we have nice things in the US? The release of the latest handsets has been less then stellar in the US and as one of the most important smartphone markets, you would think cellular providers would be more eager to bring established and successful brands from abroad to the US in a timely fashion. But the big four in the US apparently understand the laws of supply and demand better then I do, because American Android fans are going to have to keep waiting till they get to see a Sharp handset land on American shores.
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