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Google Now Launcher will be pre-loaded on select ZTE Android smartphones

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Google Now Launcher will be pre-loaded on select ZTE Android smartphones
ZTE today announced that it would pre-load Google’s Now Launcher (including "OK Google" functionality) on some of its Android handsets, being the first manufacturer to do so on non-Nexus and non-Google Play Edition devices.

The first ZTE handset that will come pre-loaded with Google Now Launcher is the ZTE Blade Vec 4G that’s going to be released in Hong Kong on July 24. 

Later this month, the Blade Vec 4G (pictured on the left) should be released in some European markets, too, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The handset is a mid-range Android KitKat one that features LTE connectivity, a 5-inch 720p display, a 13MP rear camera, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 2,300 mAh battery.

“ZTE’s strong relationship with Google and Qualcomm Technologies is in line with our focus on developing affordable premium devices that has rich voice control function as well as multimedia solutions. ZTE is continuing to push the boundaries and brings its customers the very latest experience that mobile technology can offer,” said Mr. Zeng Xuezhong, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.

According to ZTE, the company intends to “pre-load Google Now Launcher on all future Android 4.4 and above smartphones that have Google Mobile Services and Google Play enabled.” Most probably, ZTE’s handsets made for China - like the Nubia line - aren’t included here.

source: ZTE

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 18:19 3

1. fzacek (Posts: 1645; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I used to have the ZTE Supreme/Vital, and although it only had mid-range specs like this phone, I loved it and it was a pleasure to use. ZTE makes some nice phones that offer a great all-round experience IMO...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 20:03 2

2. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I love my Nexus 5, but Nova Launcher makes it more enjoyable.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 13:29

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


There are some things about the GNL that bother me, agreed. Mainly the lack of adjustable pages and infinite folders.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 21:35

3. gehrig (Posts: 174; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


They should have put Nova instead.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 13:53 1

8. Adrian38 (Posts: 125; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Nova launcher is what the Google launcher SHOULD be.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 22:22

4. Xperia_droid (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Big icons are so ugly on google launcher

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 11:39 1

5. kaboom (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)


My opinon is the opposite

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 13:27 1

6. Tsoliades (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I love you now, ZTE
I love you

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