One of the things that sets Android apart from Windows Phone or the iPhone is that it is truly open and allows for a heavy level of customization. Because of this, many vendors have created their own custom shells for the Android experience, such as TouchWiz from Samsung, HTC Sense from HTC, and even the tablet UI for the Kindle Fire. From ZTE we now have the Rightware Kanzi UI solution which offers a 3D homescreen that helps ZTE’s new phones really stand out. This adds to the wow factor, but it also will more than likely add to the drain and strain that will be put onto the processor, I’d bet. Still, it at least helps set ZTE phones apart from the many other Android handset makers out there. And who knows, it may not be such a big deal once quad-cores are out of the stable.
Full press release below.
ZTE Launches Android Smartphones Featuring 3D Homescreen by Rightware Kanzi UI Solution
Kanzi UI Solution enables latest ZTE smartphones to stand out from the masses with innovative, highly differentiated and engaging 3D Android homescreens
Espoo, Finland – May 24, 2012 – Rightware Oy, a leader in embedded 3D user interface (UI) technologies, announced today that ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has started the shipment of its latest Android 4.0 smartphones powered by Rightware’s Kanzi® UI Solution. ZTE Corporation is rapidly growing smartphone manufacturer worldwide and according to IDC, ZTE became world’s fourth largest handset maker in the world in Q4 2011 with global market share of 4,9%.
“ZTE is committed to providing customers around the world with innovative technologies, and our latest smartphone portfolio includes highly differentiated and engaging 3D Android 4.0 ICS smartphones targeted for consumers globally. With help of Rightware and Kanzi UI Solution our latest smartphones are equipped with first-class 3D homescreen, providing consumers the best user experiences delivered on mobile devices,” said Mr. Jichao Li, Vice President of ZTE Corporation.
Rightware’s patent-pending Kanzi UI Solution consists of two product components: Kanzi Studio and Kanzi Engine. Kanzi Engine is an integral part of a device’s software platform, whereas Kanzi Studio is a standalone UI design software enabling rapid creation of innovative and highly attractive 3D user interfaces. Kanzi Studio works seamlessly with leading 3D content creation tools, such as Autodesk 3DS Max, Maya and XSI and Blender. Once built, modifying and deploying UI designs to various different devices and platforms can be done seamlessly and without additional engineering effort. Given its long work in the field of graphics performance testing, Rightware has been able to optimize Kanzi Engine to make it capable of executing highly comprehensive UI designs with superior performance.
“We’re very excited to announce ZTE Corporation licensing the Kanzi UI Solution. Our designers and engineers worked together with ZTE’s team and the results of this cooperation now boost ZTE in competing for the pole position in the global smartphone rally. Their latest Android smartphones powered with Kanzi 3D user interfaces significantly raise the bar for the competition,” said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware.
As well as providing the industry’s most cutting-edge user interface technologies, Rightware also provides its customers with a full range of complementing services, including UI design, implementation and unique performance benchmarking of various different chipsets. With the help of Rightware Kanzi UI Solution customers get the industry’s most modern turnkey solution that dramatically speeds up time to market with best-in-class quality.
For more information about Kanzi® UI Solution, please visit: www.rightware.com/kanzi
ZTE Corporation is a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Through its network of operators across 140 countries, the company delivers innovative products and business solutions. It connects global customers via voice, data, multimedia and WLAN. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecoms equipment company. ZTE’s 2011 revenue led the industry with a 29% increase to USD 13.7 billion. Its overseas operating revenue grew 30% to USD 7.42 billion during the period, accounting for 54.2% of overall operating revenue. ZTE’s systems and equipment have been applied by top operators in high-end markets around the world. The company is strong in the smart terminal arena and has become the world’s fourth-largest handset maker. More information: www.zte.com.cn/en/
Rightware® is the market leader in 3D User Interface technologies, serving mobile, automotive and other embedded industries with its Kanzi® UI Solution for rapid 3D user interface design and deployment. Rightware has introduced the world’s first commercially available stereoscopic 3D (S3D) UI solution for embedded devices. Rightware also develops industry leading system performance analysis tools and its renowned product portfolio includes the Basemark® product family for various benchmarking purposes, including industry standard benchmarks for OpenGL ES, OpenCL, OpenVG, Android, Linux, and Windows Mobile performance measurement. Rightware is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and has offices in Shanghai, Munich and Palo Alto. More information: www.rightware.com.
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