ZTE Announces the Flagship-Level, Affordable Axon 7, One of the First Daydream VR Phones

ZTE took the wraps off its new flagship phone this morning, the Axon 7. The phone, like most ZTE phones, is being positioned as an unlocked phone with high-end specs and an affordable price. Unfortunately, ZTE isn’t ready to share specifics on the price, but they are revealing the specs, which are very much so in the incredibly high-end category.  (more…)

Report: AT&T Might Sell a Bloatware-Infested Cyanogen-Powered ZTE Phone

According to a report out of The Information, AT&T is looking into a Cyanogen-powered phone, because it thinks that Cyanogen could make a compelling Android-alternative option to its customers. That may be better put as, AT&T thinks that by partnering with Cyanogen, it can load up even more garbage bloatware on phones to help push you into their other services, like DirecTV.  (more…)

ZTE Announces 64GB Axon Pro for $450, Mid-Range Axon for $330

ZTE announced two additional Axon devices this morning, giving buyers even more options when looking through ZTE’s current smartphone lineup. Joining the current Axon Pro 32GB model, there is a new 64GB model of the Axon Pro, and a mid-range Axon. Each device is priced quite competitively, with the Axon Pro 64GB priced at $449.98, and the Axon going for $329.98.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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OpenSignal Posts 2015 Android Fragmentation Report

Note: Every year, OpenSignal publishes an Android Fragmentation Report, detailing a few conceptions about the relationship between how many different devices there are on the market to how this makes developing for Android more difficult. Everything from OS fragmentation to screen size fragmentation is measured, but in actuality, Google has released countless tools for developers to minimize any hardship there is to get an app working on any and all supported Android devices. Long story short, we enjoy these reports for the pretty graphs detailing all of the phones, not the misleading talk on how Android is a fragmented mess and is scaring developers away. Enjoy.

Fragmentation is an interesting word to Android users. It used to represent how bad Android was with regard to OS updates and app development, but it’s really just the nature of having a free OS available to any OEM that wants to use it. Yes, Google does its best at making updates readily available for OEMs who want to implement them, and powering developers with tools to create the best apps they can regardless of a device’s screen size, but according to the latest Android Fragmentation Report posted by OpenSignal, there is still a long ways to go.  (more…)

ZTE Launches 5.7″ Boost Max+ Onto Boost Mobile, Priced at $199 Off-Contract

This week, a new device is available from ZTE on Boost Mobile, called the Boost Max+. The Max+ features a 5.7″ HD IPS display, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Available on Boost Mobile’s website for $200 off-contract, the phone also features a 8MP rear-facing camera, 16GB of onboard storage, LTE connectivity, 3,400mAh battery, and Android 5.1 out of the box.  (more…)

ZTE Announces the Axon, 5.5″ QHD Display and 4GB of RAM for Just $450

ZTE announced a new smartphone called Axon this afternoon, scheduled to hit the US market very soon. Now, brace yourselves, as this phone may leave you somewhat breathless once you hear what specifications it is packing. For starters, it features a 5.5″ WQHD display (2560 x 1440), Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, Android 5.1, dual rear-facing cameras (13MP + 2MP and 4K shooting capability), and a 3,000mAh battery. And yes, this phone actually exists, unlike those “dream phones” you see on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  (more…)