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There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet

In Q3 of 2012, a pretty significant milestone has been reached, according to a study by the research experts at Strategy Analytics. It is estimated that the total number of smartphone owners worldwide has surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time ever since smartphones came to be back in 1996. In comparison, the figure stood at 0.7 billion at the end of Q3, 2011. That’s huge!

There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet
Think of it this way: one in seven people around the globe have some kind of a smartphone, be it an iPhone, an Android handset, a Symbian device, or any kind of phone worthy of being called smart. But what’s even more exciting is that the numbers are to go higher at an even more ridiculous pace, if the research is correct.

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ZTE Blade III is officially announced

The Blade III is clearly a budget-oriented device that does nothing to stand out in the Android crowd.

The phone features a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Qualcomm chip and 512MB of memory. The Blade III runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but design-wise it looks more like a Gingerbread phone with its 4 capacitive buttons below the screen.

The device also sports 4GB of internal storage, but luckily you can expand that with a microSD card of up to 32GB.

Finally, the ZTE Blade III is initially coming to Nordic markets in October with a price of merely $228, or 1,499 Swedish krona.

source: ZTE
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ZTE to launch Mozilla-based smartphones early next year

ZTE to launch Mozillabased smartphones early next year

ZTE just can’t get enough mobile OS’s. The manufacturer is all over Android, it’s got Windows Phone 8 coming out of leaky pores, and now it’s revealed plans to launch phones based on the Firefox OS (formerly “Boot to Gecko“) as early as the the first quarter of next year. That’s not so surprising, perhaps, given that Mozilla already told us it was working with ZTE to bring its HTML-5 powered platform to life, but it further emphasizes the fact that Chinese smartphone giants are casting about for a viable alternative to Google.