Imagine a smartphone that asks you for who you want to call when you hold it up to your head. A smartphone that lets you

ZTE Star 2 takes voice-control to a new level

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ZTE Star 2

Imagine a smartphone that asks you for who you want to call when you hold it up to your head. A smartphone that lets you launch apps with your voice. Imagine a rapid response rate of just 1.2 seconds, with a 90% success rate even in abnormal noise ambience conditions. And imagine that it lets you do these without an internet connection.

We are all aware of voice control on smartphones – via an app that requires an internet connection. On ZTE Star 2, voice control has been implemented system-wide and is fully functional even when the device is offline and without a network connection. That is an industry first.

On the Star 2, the user can carry out the following tasks with their voice:

  • unlock the device with their own unique voice tone
  • make phone calls
  • open third-party apps
  • play music
  • real-time voice-to-text input
  • improved driving mode for automatic GPS navigation, message replying, call answering, and music control

The Star 2 has over 158 voice control patients implemented. An array of motion sensing features offer added convenience to users. For example, a user can simply hold the device by their ear and say the name of a contact to call them, without having to activate the touch screen or unlock the device.

The Star 2 is an Android KitKat flagship featuring ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 UI. Physically, it is built with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy frame with thin bezels and a 5-inch dual-layer Gorilla Glass 3 screen. It spots a 13 megapixel camera and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.

3 comments

  1. As I read through the magiQ that this phone can do, it became obvious that most of these things can be done by lots of third party apps on Android.

    Building the features in just brings the functions to people who may not be interested in getting their hands dirty with Automation apps (currently unique to the Android Platform).

    That’s a good thing.

    On ZTE Star 2, voice control has been implemented system-wide and is fully functional even when the device is offline and without a network connection. That is an industry first

    Industry standard, maybe out_of_the_box.

    Have a look at …

    Utter! Voice Commands BETA

    ..For Android.

    It’s on the Google Play Store.

    The problem with using voice activation on mobiles, as always, is the likely negative impact on battery life.

    Apart from initial novelty of these functions, do people really use them? Just wondering…

  2. Now, if this device really have up to 90% accuracy on voice control, including voice-to-text input, then I’m sold. I like the idea that the voice control is not only server based but can also work fully well without internet connection.

    Yeah, I think voice control and input are new areas smartphone manufacturers should channel their energy next.

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