Big news out of China – it seems the world’s second Android based phone will be from China and called the Zzzphone. A strike against the company is the name — which virtually guarantees it will be listed last in any sort of alphabetical directory . On the bright side, it does have things going for it such as add-ons to support a full QWERTY keyboard, mini boom box, projector and more.
What is interesting is the thought that the Android OS and Google brand may be
strong enough to allow an army of companies to come out with Android phones. The good news here is that competition is good for consumers. The bad news is that each hardware design will require all/many accessories to be redesigned.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. In addition, it is worth pointing out the low
price of this phone, $119, is lower than what many subsidized phones cost and this one is unlocked. It is way too early to predict massive disruption in the smartphone market but having a low-priced phone backed by the Google Android name has the potential to change US cell phone pricing/subsidization models.
Personally, I won’t be happy till my phone supports Asterisk. Mark Spencer, are you reading?