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.

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



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

2. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

7. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

3. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

They should have put Nova instead.

8. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Nova launcher is what the Google launcher SHOULD be.

4. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Big icons are so ugly on google launcher

5. kaboom

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

My opinon is the opposite

6. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

I love you now, ZTE I love you

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