There is usually a calm time after the storm. Last week was insane for the tech industry, and it seems news is not slowing down! Devices are still launching and rumors are going full steam. Let’s jump into the news and check them out.
ZTE is trying to enter the US market with affordable devices that also offer great performance. The ZTE Nubia 5S Mini recently entered the market at $280, but ZTE has really outdone itself with the ZTE ZMax.
This device costs only $230 (on T-Mobile) and sports a hefty 5.7-inch 720p display. Other specs include a 1.2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 16MP/8MP cameras and a whopping 3400 mAh battery.
Interested in purchasing it? T-Mobile will have it available on September 24th!
Opinion: ZTE claims this phone can give you 2 days of battery life, and we certainly believe them. This may very well be the selling point in a market where smartphones can hardly survive for a day. For $230, you really can’t go wrong with this.
The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is one hell of a gaming device, but the currently available version is a bit limited with only 16 GB of internal storage. Those looking to get more from this Tegra K1 powerhouse can now opt for the higher-end version, which just became available for pre-order.
This one comes with 32 GB of internal storage and LTE connectivity. Everything else in the device is identical.
You can have the high-end Shield Tablet for $399, which doesn’t include any accessories. If you are looking for a bit of a deal and don’t mind signing a contract, AT&T is also said to offer the device for $299 on a 2-year contract.
Opinion: The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is powerful. It can handle any game you throw at it, but 16 GB really wasn’t enough to hold more than a few large games. It’s an expensive tablet, but well worth the money if you love gaming.
Android Silver was said to replace the Nexus program at some point. These rumors were quickly axed and we haven’t heard much about Android Silver since then. What happened? Even if it doesn’t replace the Nexus program, will it ever reach the market?
The Information has it in good faith that the Android Silver initiative was put on hold after Nikesh Arora’s departure from the company. He was said to be overseeing relations with manufacturers and carriers, which play a big role in Android Silver.
Android Silver’s future is now uncertain and it seems everyone (other than us) wanted it that way. Manufacturers were to eager to help Google out with advertising and Googlers believed the program wouldn’t create enough success in the masses.
Opinion: Like many of you, I was in love with the idea of Android Silver. It was a dream to all geeks – pure Android from multiple manufacturers and quick updates. We certainly hope this program is resuscitated at some point.