Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:16

ZTE Axon 7 now with Android 7.1.1 and Daydream - just $599

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The ZTE Axon 7 update to Android 7.1.1 and DayDream makes it the most affordable VR ready, flagship-level handset in Australia.

iTWire has had a review unit on extended trial in order to do its comprehensive review in February and follow its progress to be updated to Android Nougat 7.1.1 which iTWire prematurely announced on 19 April after receiving an OTA update on an overseas trip.

Daniel Zhao, managing director for ZTE Australia, said, “Delivering Android Nougat and Daydream for the Axon 7 lifts our point of difference even further. Australians can enjoy an enhanced experience at the lowest price point, without comprising on key features.”

“We are committed to delivering uncompromised quality and leading edge technology. We are particularly excited to pair Daydream with the Axon 7’s dual front facing Dolby Atmos speakers, the sound produced by these devices is truly remarkable and we believe is unmatched by any other smartphone brand,” he added.

The update is now official and Axon 7 owners should go to settings, system update and download MiFavour 4.2 UI that includes Android 7.1.1 and Daydream (VR) as well as the latest security patches from Google. Update – see the process below for existing owners.

At  $699 it costs about half of what one would pay with a more well-known brand badge on it. In fact, JB Hi-Fi is having a sale and offering it at $599.

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Update 10/5/17

ZTE has advised that the OTA Android update on my review unit was enabled due to a firmware update that allowed same.

Existing owners need to follow a two step process to get the update. Details have been provided by ZTE below.

To upgrade to Android Nougat 7.1.1, there are two steps that existing AXON 7 owners will need to follow. Firstly, they will need to update the Firmware to B10. This can be done here

Once this is complete, users will then need to download the Nougat upgrade following these steps:

  • Use a PC and download to the SDcard Android Nougat (V1.2.0B04) update from this link – AXON 7 Android Nougat Australia Firmware-
  • Extract the ZIP file and you will find a folder with the update.zip file and a .pdf instruction.
  • Rename the update.zip file to "AndroidNupdate.zip" as you can then have both the B10 firmware and Android N version on your microSD Card
  • Copy the "AndroidNupdate.zip" file to the root of a MicroSD card – You can do this with the MicroSD card in the handset and Media device MTP USB mode and your AXON 7 USB cable.
  • Once the file is copied to the root of the MicroSD card disconnect the handset from the PC and go to Settings/System update.
  • It will check for the file and see it on the MicroSD card and then you click install and the second install button that is counting down.
  • The handset will now do the update and reboot once. In a couple of minutes it will finish and shutdown the handset. Once the handset has shutdown, wait 10 seconds and switch it back on as normal and the handset will finish the update of the apps for the OS and install Google Duo and display the unlock screen – unlock and there will be a notification box saying "update success or complete" and then you can factory default it if you want to start from the wizard again or just start using it.
  • Future updates should not require firmware updates via this manual process

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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