Up-and-coming prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless seems to really be on a roll. On top the launch of Cricket-powered RadioShack Wireless last week, Cricket has also launched its own version of the HTC One V, which has now become the most powerful Android smartphone in its portfolio. That doesn’t seem to be enough for Cricket though, and another enticing Android mid-ranger is heading to the nation’s eighth largest carrier. We first spotted the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 back in May at the CTIA, and, just as we suspected, this will be a Cricket exclusive phone.
The ZTE Grand X IN is supposed to hit Europe any day now, while rumors say that the 4.3-incher will never see the light of day in the USA. However, a fresh new leak claims that the phone will in fact come to the States, albeit in a slightly tweaked form.The ZTE Warp Sequent is the name of this rehashed device, and, according to an evleaks tweet, it will be made available by Boost Mobile on September 17.
Let’s face it, when it comes to the mobile world, ARM is king. Sure, other competing standards exist, but none come close to ARM. Despite that, Intel seems quite dedicated to ensuring that x86 processors stay relevant in an increasingly mobile-oriented world.
While there hasn’t been tons of Intel-powered Android devices yet, recently Russian carrier, Megafon announced it was introducing its own Intel-based device. Today ZTE also joins in with its own Intel-based smartphone, the ZTE Grand X IN.
As of yesterday, a new competitor has entered the cheap smartphone race to the bottom. T-Mobile announced the availability of the Concord, a no-nonsense 3.5-inch device running Android 2.3. Made by ZTE, the $100 no-contract Concord offers very little worth mentioning in terms of specs. Will clients like it?
There’s no sure sign of a high-ender coming soon from ZTE, but there’s a new mid-range (or low-end?) device on the horizon. The Blade 3 has popped up at Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa basically out of nowhere, and, according to the Nordic online store, it should start shipping in no more than four weeks.
Continuing the theme of world domination, China is the next leg of the tour for Samsung. The latest data from research firm Umeng reveals that despite the presence of many local players, South Korea’s finest phone maker was able to retain its lead in China – a feat that it first achieved in Q3 2011.
Gartner’s data for the June quarter shows that Samsung and Apple saw biggest gains in sales compared to a year ago, Huawei and ZTE also gained, while HTC, LG, RIM, Nokia and everyone else saw a decline in sales compared to the same time last year. More after the break.
For those on a strict budget, having a decent tablet and smartphone isn’t always easy. But if you’re planning on getting a new Sprint smartphone, you can get a free ZTE Optik tablet with a two-year contract. This deal is hard to beat, even if the Optik isn’t the best tablet around.
While things may not be looking so good in the US market for Android, dropping 5% in market share compared to the last quarter, Canalys is reporting that Android has a very healthy global growth... rate, reaching 68% in Q2 2012. This is compared to a year ago when Android only had 47% of the global market. Apple dropped from 18.9% a year ago to 16.4% globally in Q2 of this year.
IDC (International Data Corporation) is a global market research and analysis firm that specializes in IT and telecommunication technology. Along with predictions and forecasts, the market intelligence... firm periodically releases reports showing the current state of the telecommunication market. After an IDC report confirming Android’s dominance on the world stage, it’s more good news for Android an...