Concern over Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE expansion in U.S. has intensified even more now that ZTE confirms existence of security hole in one of its model sold in the U.S. last year. ZTE Score is out in the United States on the prepaid brand Cricket Mobile. This phone is selling for about $65 over at Amazon without a contract. Usually, if any vulnerability in mobile devices security occurs, those who provide mobile operating systems are responsible. However, in this case it is somehow inserted by the hardware manufacturer, which is described as ‘highly unusual’ …
Here in the China, most of our smartphones are relatively affordable, thanks to the cheap labors. Now, even big name like Huawei, is making a play to break out of the low-cost smartphone market. Today, Huawei and Qihoo 360 has jointly announced a dual-core Android handset called “Huawei Shine (华为闪耀)”, which priced at 1,499 yuan ($242). Yup, that sits on the horizon with the just-released 1.2GHz Xiaomi phone.
Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun and Meizu’s CEO Jack Wong used to be friends and business partner, but for some reasons, they became rival subsequently. Recently, Xiaomi posted a thread on their forum seeking testers for MIUI V4 ROM beta test on the Meizu MX (dual-core version), and the image above is from one of the testers. At the moment, there’re couple of bugs were found on beta test, including overheating problem, restart problem and signal problem. More shots after the break…
TP-LINK, the well-known Chinese networking equipment company which based in Shenzhen, has decided to enter the smartphone market by introducing the new T882. Previously, TP-Link had released several features phone but couldn’t catch any people attention. The new T882 is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, powered by 1.4-gigahertz single core processor. Other main specifications include 4.0-inch WVGA-screen, 768MB RAM and 2GB ROM, 8 megapixels camera, support HD video recording, dual LED flash and weighted in 148 grams. Apparently, the smartphone T882 will only be available in China market. We believe T882 should have some built-in software to perform WiFi tethering, TP-Link is specialized on this. Price and release date still unknown, we assume it will sell at a dead cheap price because of 2GB internal storage. Few more pictures after the break.
Xiaomi tech just announced a 1.2GHz dual-core smartphone, featuring basically everything the same as the original M1 except with a slower processor and less RAM. The company named this is as the “Youth” version, which is aiming at younger audiences like students. The sales will be done through lucky draw and it begins from now until the 18th. Xiaomi’s CEO said they will only have 150,000 units for sale, and each unit will be priced as low as 1,499 yuan ($242), while the original version is at 1,999 yuan ($322). Before Xiaomi announced the “Youth” version M1, they actually launched two short films in relation to “Youth”. Unfortunately, it’s in Chinese and there is no English subtitles. The short films are embedded after the break.
Xiaomi is a legend. The company had already sold 1.8 million units in the past 9 months and they still sees surge in demand. In the following, we are going to take you a tour into Xiaomi’s production chain to see how they keep up with massive orders.
Last week Chinese media reported that the government has banned mobile manufacturers from installing Google applications on the mobile devices. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) quickly denied the rumors. The announcement came after reports by a number of major news websites in China, citing an note on the official website of a Shenzhen-based mobile service provider. The authorities said they have never delivered an order to ban the usage of Google logo and applications on mobile terminal products. The online news was not the truth …
The Lenovo game console also rolled out about the same time as the Smart TV.
Lenovo Smart TV has made it global debut at Suning stores in four major cities in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing) last week, which was about the same time that Lenovo game console (CT510) rolled out. The company has began accepting pre-order for a roughly about a month already. So now, we are going to review it!
Huawei is aiming to bring touch-free smartphones to users, as the company boosts its research and development spending. A touch-free smartphones will allow the devices to read users’ hand gestures in order to initiate commands. Touchscreen smartphones and tablets currently allow for the use of several fingers to issue certain commands when pressed on the display. But users only have five fingers on a hand, limiting the number of commands that can be made. Using hand gestures would allow users more easily to control the smartphone’s graphical user interface. Huawei, however, expects this functionality will need a powerful graphics processor and also two front-facing cameras, the technology will likely to start on tablets device first. Last year, Apple has already seeked a similar patents for this, and SONY has also announced a new Android-based smartphone comes with ‘floating touch’ navigation. So whatever Huawei is up to, motion-sensing technology will properly be the ‘next big thing’.
Chinese companies are rushing to build their own mobile phone operating systems based on Google’s Android platform. The companies include up-and-coming Chinese mobile phone makers Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Xiaomi, and internet service portals like Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba. Most have outsourced their Android projects to a Chinese company called ArcherMind, which based at Nanjing city, the capital of Jiangsu province in China. ArcherMind is one of the largest Chinese companies devoted to develop Android-based software, they are the software engineers team behind the Android’s face-changed in China …
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