ZTE Axon 7 receives new update in the U.S., makes notification bell optional

The Axon 7 is a pretty decent device, but some of the software choices made by ZTE makes it a bit of a pain to use. We're certainly talking about the notification bell that the Chinese company has decided to include in the Axon 7.

This notification bell is the only one that shows you that you have unread messages and emails, but it doesn't display a preview of them. In order to see who sent you a message, you must tap on the bell, which, basically, unlocks the phone.

Since the release of the ZTE Axon 7 in the United States, many owners have complained about this issue. Luckily, ZTE has listened to its customers and decided to act. The latest software update pushed to ZTE Axon 7 units makes the notification bell optional, but no one will probably want to use it anymore.

But that's not the only change included in the update. ZTE also confirmed that there's a new application management policy, which should further enhance battery life. Some improvements to the camera have been implemented too, so expect the video camera focus on moving objects to work much smoother.

The Visual Voicemail has been fully optimized for dual-SIM functionality. There are also some bug fixes and other general enhancements that ZTE added in the update. For example, the .FLAC file playback problem has been addressed, along with the Mute Call issue.

More importantly, ZTE announced that its R&D team is hard at work to bring Android 7.0 Nougat to the Axon 7. The Chinese company went on to say that early tests from its Mod Squad have been “very positive,” so we can expect an update on Nougat's release very soon.

source: ZTE via AndroidPolice

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Axon 7
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3250 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's actually a pretty great update. The little things that improve quality of life and prove that the manufacturer listens to their customers make all the difference.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You know, I honestly love this phone. I've had a very bug free experience. I've actually encountered less bugs on the Axon 7 than I have on my Nexus 6P, and my Nexus 6 I had prior. This notification bell thing was one of my only frustrations but honestly it was not that big of a deal. I can't see upgrading away from this phone until the next generation comes out. The last phone that lasted me over a year before I upgraded was a OnePlus One, I could only stand the Nexus 6 for 2 months, and the Nexus 6P about 9 months.

6. Furbal unregistered

im so pissed I had to return mine (bootlooped/screen went green). Seemed like a great phone for the 3 days I had it - much better feelings toward it over the op3.

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I considered this device, but I've heard negatives reviews in regards to the voice quality, during calls. What has been your experience? What network are you using?

9. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm using Cricket(AT&T). Works fine for me.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I've been super impressed with ZTE. This is like the 3rd update in 3 months. They've fixed lots of important stuff that weren't even that big a deal but make for good QoL improvements. Looking forward to Android 7.0.

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What I'm impressed with is that each of these consecutive updates have actually squashed bugs instead of creating new ones. My Nexus 6P keep getting more and more unstable with each monthly security update. I couldn't take it anymore and sold it.

8. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Right? Updates that actually fix problems without causing more problems. How bizarre is it that that's a valid concern. I've been tempted to root/rom it but the phones been so solid I just don't feel the need.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And Verizon still hasn't certified it. Verizon blows.

10. johnjohn2214

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

Been a proud owner of the Axon 7. Amazing phone (Camera just OK). I actually used Nova Launcher prime (costs like 7$ on play store) which allows me perfect customization on top of the ROM ZTE offers. It allows me to perform swipes on apps to open different function and I even have the 'Double Tap' wake and sleep option I had with my LG The sound is Unbelievable! and the screen is crisp. Battery life isn't perfect but better than average for a QHD screen. My wife owns a Huawei Honor 8 (excellent phone as well) so she get's better battery life for her 5.2 inch HD display (and her camera is amazing)

11. johnjohn2214

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

BTW - Update finished. Notifications are on the lockscreen again. I did have to go to "Settings" -> "Notifications" -> Under 'Common' click "Show on the lock screen" ->Check the " Notification preferrred" radio button. That's it Notifications are now automatically on the Lock screen and the bell icon is gone. You can swipe down on any notification from the lock screen to expand and also swipe from the top to get toggles (wasn't sure this worked before update)

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