Mobile phone maker ZTE Corporation has announced a partnership with Rightware Oy, a leader in embedded 3D user interface (UI) technologies, aimed at the loading of a 3D user interface on ZTE’s handsets.
As part of this agreement, ZTE’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones will feature Rightware’s Kanzi UI Solution, for a better experience on the go. ZTE is one of the fast growing smartphone makers today, which became the fourth largest vendor in the world in the fourth quarter of last year, with a global market share of 4.9 percent. “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,” Mr. Jichao Li, vice president of ZTE Corporation, commented.
“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.” Rightware’s patent-pending Kanzi UI Solution includes two components, the Kanzi Studio and the Kanzi Engine. The former is standalone UI design software, aimed at delivering appealing 3D UIs, while the latter is meant to become an integral part of the device’s platform.
The Kanzi Studio was designed to offer compatibility with leading 3D content creation tools, including Autodesk 3DS Max, Maya and XSI and Blender, the company announced. Thus, the 3D UI can be easily personalized to fit the needs of various devices and platforms. Rightware’s Kanzi Engine has been also optimized for delivering comprehensive UI designs with increased performance capabilities. “We’re very excited to announce ZTE Corporation licensing the Kanzi UI Solution,” Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware, stated.
“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.”