Softbank Mobile Corp announced mobile phones that are based on Google Inc's Android 2.2 operation system and can display 3D images viewable with the naked eye Nov 4, 2010.
The handsets, the "Galapagos 003SH" and "Galapagos 005SH," are manufactured by Sharp Corp and will be released in Japan during the period from the end of 2010 to the spring of 2011.
For displaying 3D images, they use the parallax barrier method and the technologies that Sharp announced in April 2010 (See related article). Parallax barriers (slits that partially block light) are placed in front of the LCD panel so that the right and left eyes see slightly different images. Because the slits are made by controlling liquid crystal molecules, 3D images can be displayed both in the vertical and horizontal directions.
The 003SH and 005SH also have a function to take 3D pictures. After the user continuously takes pictures while moving the handset from side to side, two images are automatically chosen for the right and left eyes. The pixel counts of the camera units of the 003SH and 005SH are approximately 9.6 million (CCD) and 8 million (CMOS), respectively.
Softbank Mobile will offer 3D contents for the handsets. Specifically, they are pre-installed with seven game applications including "Biohazard Degeneration" and "Mobile Powerful Professional Baseball 3D" and seven trailers of 3D movies including "Shrek Forever" and "Battle Royale 3D." Furthermore, Ustream Asia Inc will start providing "Ustream," an application that enables to view live 3D movies in or after December 2010.