Groove smartphone added to Cricket portfolio just in time for holiday shopping

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Cricket announced the availability of The Groove, a new Android smartphone that incorporates Muve Music features. The Groove device comes with an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all supported with a 1500mAh battery. Added to the device is Muve Music from Cricket, a service that lets subscribers access unlimited downloads of music, artist commentary, and video.

The new Groove from Cricket will be available starting on November 21st for $129.99 and data plans start at $50 per month. For more information, hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest

ZTE Grand X Pro gets rendered in new leak

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Another day, another leaked Android device. This time we find the unannounced ZTE Grand X Pro in a render leaked by our friends over at evleaks. No information has been provided regarding the specs of this device, but considering the “Pro” moniker found in its name, we should expect it to be a refresh of the ZTE Grand X LTE that was launched earlier this summer. From the render, it looks like the device will be running a slightly altered version of stock Android 4.0.

There’s too little information at this point to really get excited about the device, but I’m liking the new design philosophy that ZTE is taking. Much cleaner lines, smaller bezels, and a bigger screen. Hopefully the improved design will be matched by improved specs. Maybe we’ll get some more details at CES or MWC in early 2013.

Source: @evleaks

Gartner Q3 2012 Reports Are In: Samsung And Android Platform Continues To Dominate Smartphone Share

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It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.

While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.

source: Gartner

ZTE Nubia Z5 Photos Leaked, Arriving in December

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ZTE, the manufacturer of the $160 quad-core smartphone, will soon launch the Nubia Z5 and pictures of the device have already been leaked. The device suspiciously looks like an HTC One X with its matte white coloring and unibody design. Since we’re merely dealing with a few leaked photos here, it doesn’t reveal anything on the specs front but we do know the device will sport a 5-inch, 1080p display while rocking a 13MP rear camera. We do know, by looking at the photos, that it’ll be even thinner than an iPhone 5,which if you’re familiar with that device, is a massive feat considering this bad-boy is rocking four cores. ZTE’s goal was to compete with the likes of Nokia, HTC and Apple, and I don’t see how they won’t at least make it interesting with this offering. Quality and reliability will most likely be the deciding factors. We’ll find out more when it’s launched in December.

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Sprint prepping ZTE Flash to join slew of devices for Nov. 11th launch

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Last summer we broke the news about a new ZTE smartphone that appeared to be headed for Sprint. ZTE, one of the top five Android device manufacturers in the world that mainly concentrates on the Chinese market, recently made headlines when members of a US House of Representatives intelligence committee concluded they were one of two companies that could be a threat to the U.S. due to spying activities. That unwanted attention may have played into the decision to drop “ZTE” from the name and market the device as the Sprint Flash. » Read the rest

ZTE announces $160 Quad-Core Tegra 3 smartphone

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ZTE, whose website proclaims is the world’s 4th largest manufacturer, announced the cheapest quad-core smartphone yet. The ZTE U950 packs a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM but its most impressive spec is the 999 yuan price (approximately $160 USD).

The low-priced Android device comes with a 4.3-inch display and is only 9mm-thick. It will have Ice Cream Sandwich at launch but appears to have the specs to support Jelly Bean. It has a 2,000 mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear camera and VGA front facing camera. No word on expandable storage or if the battery is removable.

The first 100,000 people to register on the U950 sign-up page will get to order the device starting November 11th. This is a China release only but might be precursor of what ZTE is planning for other markets. It hasn’t exactly set the US market on fire but an unlocked sub $200 quad-core device would certainly make a splash.


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Samsung dominates world smartphone market, sets record in third quarter for units shipped

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As financial results continue to be released for mobile phone companies and manufacturers, we are beginning to get a better picture of what the condition of the global smartphone market is like. With Samsung’s release this morning of their third quarter results, combined with other reported results, we see the market is extremely healthy and that Samsung is sitting on top. » Read the rest

ZTE hits back against allegations of threat to U.S. national security

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Yesterday we reported on a U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee report that found two Chinese technology manufacturers may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The report alleged the companies failed to provide documents as part of the investigation, may have engaged in bribery and corruption, conducted discriminatory behavior, and participated in copyright infringement.

Today, ZTE issued a full statement in its defense regarding the Committee’s findings. ZTE notes they are already listed as a Trusted Delivery Partner by 140 governments and 500 network carriers. ZTE also claims they have provided an “unprecedented standard for cooperation” for a Chinese company with the House Committee. ZTE’s David Dai Shu, director of global public affairs, chides the Committee for finding ZTE “may not be ‘free of state influence.’” Dai Shu notes this standard would apply to any manufacturer in China, including Western companies that get their hardware from Chinese partners or suppliers. Instead of focusing on the geographical location of companies, ZTE suggests the Committee should examine equipment security and application of the Trusted Delivery Model for all companies providing hardware for the U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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US House Committee Reports Indicates ZTE & Huawei Pose Major Security Threats In The US

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Looks like there’s an emerging issue going on between two Chinese manufacturing giants here in the US. ZTE and Huawei have each been targeted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee and may pose a major risk to U.S. security. According to a report based off an 11-month investigation of each company, the U.S. panel found both Huawei and ZTE each failed to satisfy its requests for documents, including detailed information about formal relationships or regulatory interaction with Chinese authorities and the Chinese government. In addition, the special panel found it received credible allegations from “unnamed industry experts”, as well as current and former Huawei employees suggesting Huawei in particular, may be guilty of “bribery and corruption, discriminatory behavior and copyright infringement”. The major goal of the investigation and subsequent report was to essentially find “long-term security risks supposedly linked with Huawei and ZTE’s equipment and service”.

Naturally each manufacturer is not the least bit happy with the U.S. Government’s assertions. ZTE expressed its disappointment by highlighting “profoundly disagrees” with the claim and  “ZTE should not be a focus of this investigation to the exclusion of the much larger Western vendors“. Huawei spokesman William Plummer added “baseless suggestions otherwise or purporting that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber mischief ignore technical and commercial realities, recklessly threaten American jobs and innovation, do nothing to protect national security, and should be exposed as dangerous political distractions from legitimate public-private initiatives to address what are global and industry-wide cyber challenges“.

Boy oh boy this may get a little messy, especially considering we’re looking forward to some sweet superphones from the manufacturers this year. Here’s hoping we see some sort of resolution sooner than later.

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