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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Actually, I think the reason why Chinese branded devices are cheap, even by big brands like ZTE and Huawei, is that there is NO support. Unlike Samsung or HTC, who spend millions researching updates and new software they can make to take on the competition (Apple, Motorola, Nokia, etc), ZTE doesn't do over the air updates. They don't do innovations like multi-window or Sense Widgets, or services like Samsung Dive and HTC Sync. They make a phone, slap Android on it (with a few customizations but very minimal to almost none), and then sell it. If you want to update to a new Android version, but a new phone. This cuts production and maintenance costs for the model, but also decreases the duration of its lifecycle. Instead of having a 2 year life for general usage compared to other phones on the same specification range, it has like just a year before it becomes completely out dated.
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