One of the great things about Android is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to gain access to its ecosystem.
Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE — and even the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Motorola — all offer super affordable Android-powered smartphones that even budget-conscious consumers and those in the developing world can gain access to. And some of them aren’t bad, either.
Take the new Moto G, for example: It starts at just $179 off contract, and for that you get an HD display, a quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and access to Google’s latest Android operating system.
Thanks to devices like this, smartphones are about to go mainstream in the developing world, according to a new piece in the latest edition of Wired from our own editor-in-chief Leander Kahney.
Cricket Wireless has officially announced that the ZTE Source will be the latest budget-friendly smartphone to be added to its “affordable” lineup of Android-powered devices. The Source will launch on Sunday, October 20, and the U.S. carrier will hold exclusivity over the handset at launch.
Virgin Mobile have officially announced that the ZTE Awe is the latest budget-friendly smartphone to be added to its “ultra-affordable” lineup. Virgin currently holds exclusivity over this handset, and has listed the device on its website as the Virgin Mobile Awe, which has also been referred to as the “N800’ and the “Shocker” in several leaks and rumors over the course of the past few months.
Android rules the worldwide smartphone market when it comes to market share, and its dominance in China could have a lot to do with that. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform claimed a whopping 51.4% share of all smartphones owned in China.
ZTE has today announced its latest collaboration with Intel, the Grand X2 — and what a device it’s destined to be. It features the latest in Intel technology — yes, that’s right, a CloverTrail+ processor! The CloverTrail+ is capable of capturing 24 HD pictures per second, so it’s incredibly powerful.
Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.
Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was installed on just 19.3% of devices — despite the success of its iPhones and iPads.
While smartphone have really taken off since Apple launched the iPhone back in 2007, believe it or not, traditional feature phones have remained the biggest sellers worldwide. That was until the first quarter of 2013, when smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever.
Of the 418.6 million cellphones sold during the first three months of the year, 51.6% of them were smartphones, according to new figures from IDC.
The Grand X Quad, a new 5-inch smartphone from ZTE, has been leaked ahead of its official unveiling. The device looks a lot like the ZTE Grand S, the world’s thinnest smartphone with a 1080p display, which was unveiled at CES back in January. But this appears to be a slightly more affordable model.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — After ZTE unveiled the ZTE Open, the world’s first commercially available Firefox OS smartphone at Mobile World Congress on Monday, other manufacturers are pledging their support for Mozilla’s new open platform. Sony Mobile has now confirmed that it has “an ambition” to launch its first Firefox OS smartphones in 2014 under a new partnership with Telefonica.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Here at MWC, ZTE has announced that it will be launching the world’s first commercially available Firefox OS smartphone this summer. Called the ZTE Open, the entry-level device is the first of a series of Open smartphones coming from the Chinese company, and it’s aimed at consumers who want to “ experience the latest technology on a limited budget.”