Vringo in pact with ZTE to preload Facetones on Android devices

Vringo, a provider of software platforms
for mobile social and video applications, announced its agreement with ZTE, to
preload Vringo’s Facetones application on Android handsets manufactured by

These handsets will be sold via mobile
phone operators and through various OEM contracts to brand name handset

Vringo’s Facetones application integrates with
Facebook and provides a new way to get automatic, visually exciting social
content each time a user makes or receives a phone call.

Vringo’s app will be one of the first
mobile social apps to be embedded on Android mobile handsets manufactured by
ZTE and immediately available to consumers when they start using their new

“Vringo’s Facetones application is
gaining broad market acceptance,” said Jon Medved, Vringo’s Chief
Executive Officer.

Its launch of Facetones in Verizon’s V CAST
Apps in the US, combined with this deal with ZTE to preload Facetones on
Android devices represents significant new opportunities for the company.

ZTE shipped 53.3 million handsets in the
past three quarters of 2011. Its handset business grew at more than 20 percent
in China due to its partnership to create custom-made Android smartphones for
top three operators.

Meanwhile in Europe and North America, ZTE
is partnering with over 65 operators of smartphones, with sales of ZTE handsets
during the same period rising over 300 percent in the United States

“We are very excited to be able to
offer Vringo’s new Facetones application on many of our phones as soon as a
customer leaves the store,” said Jeffrey Fan, vice president of ZTE
terminal equipment unit, ZTE Handsets Europe CEO.

Facetones creates an automated video
slideshow using friends’ photos from social media web sites and then plays this
video slideshow each time the user makes or receives a mobile call.

Facetones initially connects with
Facebook®, the world’s leading social media site, providing for a significantly
enhanced mobile experience for users of social media. Vringo expects to
integrate Facetones with other social media networks and photo sites in the
near future. 


By Telecomlead.com Team

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