ZTE looking to fill Nexus void with an affordable stock Android phone?


The launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL marked an important moment for Google and the Android world as a whole. The Big G made a shift toward the hardware business, exercising control over every aspect of its new lineup — from hardware, to design, to software — bringing two excellent, premium Android handsets to the market. But now there is a void left behind, a void where once the Nexus line stood, offering fans affordable smartphones running pure Android and receiving regular, timely updates. The good news is that there are manufacturers out there at least toying with the idea to fill that niche with devices running stock, or at least close to stock, Android.

Somewhat in line with ZTE's crowdsourcing effort of August this year, when the company asked users to submit their ideas for features they would like to see in its next flagship, ZTE has now opened a community poll on their website to ask why/if its userbase prefers the stock Android experience over proprietary skins.

Although ZTE is not well-known for timely and regular updates, the company has begun working to change this with the Axon 7, which has been receiving monthly security patches and will get Android 7.0 Nougat by January next year. This, combined with ZTE's crowdsourcing efforts, is a clear indication that the company is at least listening to its users, but the outcome of the newest poll should not be interpreted as a set-in-stone “the new Nexuses are here” scenario. The results of the poll will be forwarded to ZTE's research and development team for further evaluation, who will then decide whether the company should experiment with a stock Android device.

With that said, here are the top 3 reasons of ZTE users for favoring the stock experience (in order of votes received):

  • Cleaner user interface and skin
  • Quicker updates
  • Greater dev support for custom ROMs

If you'd like to voice your opinion, head over to the Z-Community website (link below), where you can fill the single-choice poll and elaborate on your answer in the comments below.

source: ZTE

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6 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Let's see ZTE pull it off. They have the build quality, so let Google handle the software.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Or Cyanogenmod.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Isn't it funny...? Before, I was a Pure Android 'patriot', but now... Well, I'm not too sure about that...! Ever since I bought my Galaxy S6, I now have a vastly different opinion about Stock Android... The Touchwiz on my S6 is just SO MUCH BETTER than my Nexus 5, its not even funny... I find settings menu to be easier to 'navigate' while I find the notifications shade far more productive than the stock shade... And not to mention the sheer zippy-ness... Touchwiz used to look like a brain-child of a... Well... A child with childish bright colors, unnecessary animations, a TON of bloatware & laggy interface... Not anymore... Touchwiz has gone WAY FAR since then... But with that being said, I still have a thirst to own an iPhone just to see how it performs compared to my other phones, but I have a feeling that I'd be left disappointed with iOS... Oh well... G'Day!

4. T-Dizzle

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yes, yes, yes this!

5. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I think it's awesome that ZTE is asking their customers what they like. With the 7.0 update offering multi window, better notification panel that is customizable the manufacturer skins have less incentive over stock android now.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oh affordable stock Android phone. I remember something like that. What's it called? Oh yeah, its ANDROID ONE.

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