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20
Jul
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ZTE continues the trend toward minimizing Android customization


For all its beauty, Android’s openness is the reason why manufacturers and carriers are able to make their own tweaks to the OS. Some companies go as far as completely forking the platform, and we know how terrible that can be — though there are exceptions like Amazon’s Fire ecosystem, which offers a solid experience overall. Thankfully, manufacturers are beginning to realize it’s much better to deliver Android as Google intended, or at least as close to it as possible (e.g. HTC’s Sense 6). Chinese outfit ZTE will join this movement very soon, announcing that the Google Now launcher will be set as the default home screen on its future smartphones, starting with the launch of the Blade Vec 4G next week. Naturally, doing so means giving buyers a cleaner look right out of the box; plus, it puts all of the search giant’s services front and center, including the Play store and, of course, Google Now. Most importantly, it’s definitely going to make Google happy.

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Via: PocketNow, Android Police

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19
Jul
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ZTE drops custom home app in favor of Google Now Launcher (GEL)



Custom home launchers, or skins, on OEM devices are sometimes the bane of an Android users existence. Some are undoubtedly better than others, like HTC’s Sense for instance has dramatically improved over the years while Samsung’s TouchWiz is still probably the most hated one out there. Motorola went with a more stock Android approach. Now it would seem that ZTE, one of the largest manufacturers in Chine, is dropping the use of a custom skin and will be launching devices with Google’s Now Launcher, or GEL.

ZTE Blade Vec 4G

The first device to go live sporting GEL will be the Blade Vec 4G. This particular device is already available Europe and China, but the upcoming Hong Kong release goes live July 24th with GEL packed inside.

The ZTE Blade Vec 4G smartphone along with one other ZTE premium device will be officially presented at a ZTE press conference held in Hong Kong on July 24, 2014. ZTE has launched the Blade Vec 4G and other premium devices in Europe and in China, and now will make them available in Hong Kong with the added benefits of Google Now Launcher pre-loaded.

All future Android 4.4 sporting devices, that are Google certified, from ZTE will come pre-loaded with the Google GEL experience launcher. This is a pretty cool move on ZTE’s part really and is one that I am sure many Android enthusiasts out there wish other manufacturers would do as well.

Press Release

SHENZHEN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZTE, one of the top global handset manufacturers, today announces one of the first few pre-loaded Google Now Launcher smartphones among non-Nexus and non-Google Play Experience devices worldwide to offer improved user experience and better value. The ZTE Blade Vec 4G smartphone with Google Now Launcher incorporates the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor and furthers ZTE’s strong relationship with Google and Qualcomm Technologies in growing the LTE market.

ZTE has worked closely with Google to pre-load Google Now Launcher onto several ZTE devices. The ZTE’s Blade Vec 4G smartphone on Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 400 processor with integrated multi-mode 3G/4G LTE is designed to deliver a better user experience that is supported by 3 modes (4G LTE-FDD, 3G UMGS/TD-SCDMA) and 9 radio frequency bands.

The ZTE Blade Vec 4G smartphone along with one other ZTE premium device will be officially presented at a ZTE press conference held in Hong Kong on July 24, 2014. ZTE has launched the Blade Vec 4G and other premium devices in Europe and in China, and now will make them available in Hong Kong with the added benefits of Google Now Launcher pre-loaded.

ZTE plans to pre-load Google Now Launcher on all Android 4.4 and above smartphones that have Google Mobile Services and Google Play enabled. Having Google Now Launcher pre-loaded onto the ZTE Blade Vec 4G, the new device becomes the first systemic terminal voice control solution in the industry. Mr. Zeng Xuezhong, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, and Executive Vice President of ZTE Corporation, commented, “ZTE’s strong relationship with Google and Qualcomm Technologies is in line with our focus on developing affordable premium devices that has rich voice control function as well as multimedia solutions. ZTE is continuing to push the boundaries and brings its customers the very latest experience that mobile technology can offer.”

On the ZTE Blade Vec 4G smartphone, Google Now Launcher is complimentary to ZTE flagship devices’ voice recognition and control function. ZTE Blade Vec 4G strongly features voice command functionality, including phone unlocking, dialing / answering calls, playing music, navigational controls, taking photos, etc.


Visually appealing UI

The Google Now Launcher UI lets users add as many home screens as they like, and helps them quickly get to their favorite apps. Another feature is the method for user to add widgets. To personalize and embellish ones smartphone, a user can select any images stored in the device or in the cloud or adjust the position of the image and preview before saving the setting.

Quick and easy access to Google Now

Google Now gives users just the right information at just the right time. For example, if you’ve booked a flight on selected airlines Google Now can give you your boarding pass, or tell you if the flight is delayed.

Free hands with a hotword

Ok Google allows hand free voice command triggered by just saying “Ok Google” at standby mode. Tell the phone what to do, not only limited to search query, text a message, get directions, or play a song, but even setting reminders and alarms, opening apps. Google Now Launcher supports multiple languages without presetting language in phone. Google Now Launcher gives users a clean and simple user interface, and keeps Google Now and search just a swipe or a tap away.

Key benefits

•A visually appealing UI.

•Quick and easy access to Google Now.

•Fast and snappy.

•The “Ok Google” hotword for opening quickly accessing Google Search

Source: AndroidPolice


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9
Jul
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Sprint announces the LivePro; DLP Portable Projector and Mobile Hotspot Device



This morning Sprint has announced a new device that be available for consumer to purchase on July 11. The product is the LivePro and I must say, it seems rather interesting. The LivePro is a portable DLP pocket projector, but not like any we have seen before.

Sprint LivePro front angle low-res

Hardware wise there are quite a few things to know about. Internally you have a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB storage, (also a Micro SD card slot) and a 5,000 mAh battery. It can connect to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G. It is also capable of Wi-Fi Miracast. Physical connectors on the back include HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB port and power supply. As for the projector aspect you are looking at DLP (Digital Light Processing) from Texas Instruments with a lamp brightness of 100 lumens and a bulb life of 20,000 hours. Image wise you are looking at a picture that can be 10-inches to 10 feet depending on the distance of the LivePro from the projected surface. The projected image quality is listed with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 and a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. The whole thing runs on Android 4.2 and can be controlled on a 4-inch touch screen found on the top of the device. 

Sprint LivePro front

As you can see in the images, it isn’t a huge device either. It measures in at 4.7 x 4.7 x 1.1 inches and weighs just 14.1 ounces.


The LivePro doesn’t stop with it just being a really cool way to broadcast a movie, photos or presentation to a wall though. It also acts a mobile hotspot device to connect up to 8 devices to the internet. As well as act as an emergency battery backup to charge your phone through the USB port.

Sprint LivePro profile low-res

It is Google certified so you will have access to the Play Store directly on the device. While the 4GB internal storage (less considering the OS install and pre-installed apps) might put a hindrance on installing a ton of apps. I could see Plex, Hulu Plus and Netflix being the first few apps I would install to it. Hopefully AllCast Receiver functions on it as well. Some of that is fairly mute though since the device sports a direct HDMI input port and Miracast abilities.

“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the Web.”

Sprint will make the LivePro available to anyone who wants it on July 11th. If you opt for a contract with Sprint service you will be tossing down $299. If you opt for the easy pay option you are looking at $18.75 a month for 24 months. Full price will hit your pocket-book at $449. Sprint also has a set of data packages to pair with the LivePro: 3GB for $34.99, 6GB for $49.99 and 12GB for $79.99. All prices are monthly of course.

For its size and its abilities, I could see this being pretty handy. Especially during the summer. I can already see myself pairing up a Braven speaker and hanging a sheet from the trees while camping and watching a movie. Anyone out there considering picking one up on the 11th? I might just have to go down to the Sprint store and at least take a look at it.


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9
Jul
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Sprint LivePro: pocket projector, mobile hotspot, power supply, and more


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Sprint on Wednesday introduced the LivePro, a mobile-minded accessory that wears multiple hats.

Touted as the “world’s first commercially available pocket projector and mobile hotspot”, the unit lets users project images anywhere 10 inches to 10 feet. What’s more, it also serves as a Sprint Spark-ready Wi-Fi access point for up to eight devices at once. And, lest you believe this is merely a two-trick pony, a deeper look reveals additional features.

ZTE Projector on stand backPowered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Sprint LivePro boasts a 4-inch touch display with access to the breadth of Google apps and services. And, thanks to the 4GB internal storage and microSD expansion, it should be no problem to download a movie directly to the LivePro and project it to a wall.

The device also packs a 5,000mAh battery which can be used to charge up other devices via a USB cable. Other notable specifications include an internal speaker, Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity, and Miracast mirroring.

The LivePro will be available from Sprint starting from Friday, July 11. Qualified buyers can purchase the accessory for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $18.75, for a total cost of $450.00.

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9
Jul
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ZTE’s projector/hotspot hybrid lands in the US with Sprint’s help


ZTE’s endearingly nutty 1080p projector/mobile hotspot turned a few heads back at CES, and we knew it was coming to the US — we just didn’t know when. You’ll soon have a chance to see if those two tastes really do taste great together, though: Sprint will start selling the hardware hybrid (now called the LivePro) on July 11, just in time to power those heated outdoor meetings of your Wes Anderson Appreciation Club. You can connect up to 8 devices to Sprint’s Spark LTE network via the LivePro and run your own content through it using an HDMI or Miracast connection, but don’t forget — this thing also runs Android 4.2 and packs a 4-inch touchscreen so you can hog all those movies to yourself too. Feeling more generous than usual? Magnanimously let your friends recharge their ailing phones with the LivePro’s 5,000mAh battery and pretty soon they’ll agree that Moonrise Kingdom really is better than Rushmore.

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12
Jun
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U.S. Cellular adds ZTE Grand S Pro


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U.S. Cellular and ZTE on Thursday announced the immediate availability of the Grand S Pro. Featuring a 5-inch 720p display and 13-megapixel rear camera, the smartphone is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM. The handset is equipped with support for U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network and also offers 8GB internal storage (with microSD), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL, and a 2300mAh battery.

The ZTE Grand S Pro can be purchased for $99 with a two-year service agreement on a variety of U.S. Cellular rate plans.

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14
May
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T-Mobile and MetroPCS add entry-level ZTE Concord II


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T-Mobile and MetroPCS on Wednesday announced the availability of their next budget smartphone, the ZTE Concord II. Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the phone features a 4-inch (800×480 pixels) display, 5-megapixel rear camera (720p video recording), and 4GB internal storage. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, microSD expansion, and a battery good for up to 6 hours talk time.

The Concord II will be available on May 19 through MetroPCS however pricing was not immediately clear. T-Mobile plans to offered the handset effective immediately with $0 down and payment spread across 24 months. Again, pricing is unclear.

New Concord II™ Arrives at T-Mobile and MetroPCS

Packing the Right Balance between Must-Have Smartphone Features, Design and Affordability

Available online now at T-Mobile.com and in MetroPCS stores next week, the Concord II delivers even more value with a customizable Android experience

RICHARDSON, Texas, May 14, 2014 – ZTE USA, one of the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturers in North America, today announced the all-new T-Mobile® Concord II and ZTE Concord II for MetroPCS®, with an updated design and features. This user-friendly, sleek phone is available today with America’s Un-carrier at www.t-mobile.com for nothing down (with 24 monthly payments), no annual service contract, overages or hidden costs. Beginning May 19 at MetroPCS stores and online at www.metropcs.com, customers can experience the must-have smartphone features in the phone’s simple-to-use interface along with unlimited, no hidden fees, no annual contract rate plans starting at just $40.

With an elegant, sophisticated construction, which includes beveled edges and aluminum wrapping, the Concord II is an ideal for someone new to the smartphone experience or those just looking to have a well-constructed, super-responsive device without emptying their wallet. The new and improved version of the already popular ZTE Concord comes with nearly stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and offers a seamless experience for staying connected via text, email and your favorite websites.

Featuring a crisp 4” WVGA screen with Gorilla Glass 2.0, the Concord II includes a 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor, 5 MP rear camera with built in LED flash and 1GB of RAM (expandable to 32GB via MicroSD). The phone’s removable 1820mAh battery is capable of powering 6 hours of talk time, over 250 hours of standby time and charges quickly. The Concord II also offers excellent call quality thanks to a dual-microphone with noise suppression.

“The Concord II from ZTE offers that ideal combination of functionality and affordable pricing so consumers can stay connected with family and friends on a sleek device within their budget,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “With the arrival of the all-new Concord II at T-Mobile and MetroPCS, ZTE is able to continue our mission of giving consumers a range of choices through a wide variety of smartphone devices.”

Concord II technical specifications include:

  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 4.0” TFT LCD, 16M colors / 480 x 800 WVGA
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8210
  • Camera: Rear-Facing 5 megapixel with auto focus and built in LED flash
  • Video: 720p video decode/encode at 15 fps
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 1820mAh battery with up to 6 hours of talk time (approx)
  • Dimensions: 4.96” x 2.56” x 0.43” Weight: 4.4oz
  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB ROM; Supports microSD cards up to 32GB

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9
Apr
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ZTE Apollo rumored to boast new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor


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Qualcomm has recently announced their new Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors to be added to the top-tier of mobile processors. With the Snapdragon 801 just beginning to make its way into handsets, we thought it might be awhile until we see the new ones make their way into consumer hands. That may not be the case, thanks to a new leak from the Chinese source, CNMO.

The leak is specifically claiming that the ZTE Apollo, ZTE’s upcoming flagship, will be toting Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. It is also rumored that they will announce the phone along with the ZTE Athena in the second half of 2014, specifically September. If that is the case, the new processors will have to be on the fast track in order to get into our hands in time.

In the same release, Qualcomm outed that the processors won’t be in consumer devices until the first half of 2015. That being said, the folks over at Qualcomm must be working pretty hard to beat this 2014 release date.

Source: CNMO, Via: Pocketdroid

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28
Mar
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ZTE’s incoming Grand S II could be first smartphone with 4GB RAM


ZTE’s Grand S II already looks like a pretty fine handset with its brushed metal back and Snapdragon 800/801 CPU, as we saw at its launch earlier this year. But judging by a leak at Chinese regulator Tenaa, it could take it up another notch with 4GB of RAM — a first for any smartphone and double the original spec. That’s the maximum possible RAM on a 32-bit ARM chip, and 4GB modules were only recently teased by Samsung and SK Hynix. We wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up as a high-end option for the Grand S II, in the same way that ZTE’s Nubia X6 is available in a 3GB RAM variant. Take all this with a grain of salt for now, but remember that until we see a 64-bit CPU and Android OS, 4GB will be as good as it gets.

[Image credit: Tenaa]

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27
Mar

ZTE Nubia X6 introduced for Chinese market



ZTE has announced its latest Android-powered smartphone, the massive 6.44-inch Nubia X6. With a price of roughly $640 (US), the handset boasts a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, and a 4250mAh battery. In addition to being big and powerful this one is able to snap 13-megapixel images on front or back. Indeed, the front-facing camera features a f/2.2 aperture and the backside offers optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash. Unfortunately, it does not look like we’ll see this one outside of China anytime soon.

via Digital Trends

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