Nubia 2.0 (and Android 4.4) Coming To More ZTE Nubia Devices May 15th


Nubia 2.0 debuted on the Nubia X6 just last month, but owners of the “lesser” Nubia devices have had to settle with version 1.3. Soon, that will no longer be the case. According to its official Weibo account, ZTE will be bringing Nubia 2.0 to its other Nubia devices in May. The updates will start rolling out May 15th, to the most recent Nubia devices, with other more support possibly coming by the end of the month.

Starting May 15th, the Nubia Z5, Z5 Mini, Z5S, Z5S Mini and Z5Sn will begin getting an upgrade bringing the devices to Nubia 2.0 and Android 4.4.

Nubia 2.0 brings a host of new features, including split screen, and one hand control. Split screen allows users to run two apps at once. One handed control shrinks the size of the UI’s usable screen and moves it to one side, making it easy to reach everything with one hand while holding the device. Both features, as some are sure to point out, have been on Samsung’s phablets for a while.

It is unclear if these Phablet centric features will be included with the update on the smaller devices. While one handed control and split screen features are great on the 6.4 inch Nubia X6, but it likely won’t seem as practical on the 4.7 inch screen of  the Z5 Mini. It should be noted however, that Samsung recently brought the one handed feature to the Galaxy S5, a “regular sized” phone.

It remains to be seen if OS will be a slight modification of Nubia 2.0, without the phablet centric features or not. Nubia 2.0 also includes custom and powerful quick action menus and special ways to organize app icons.

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If you want to see what you’ll be in for before you upgrade, you can watch the (Chinese language) video of Nubia 2.0’s reveal below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10wjRvGfXJI?rel=0]
[Source: Weibo]
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20 Comments

  1. April 27, 2014

    When is the X6 actually supposed to ship? Do you know if the Nubia 2.0 OS has Google App (including Play store) and Google services support?

    • Nicolas
      April 27, 2014

      No, it hasn”t.

      • April 27, 2014

        Actually, I was hoping for a more comprehensive answer. I know that Vivo’s Funtouch OS doesn’t ship with Google Apps, but you can easily side-load the Play Store App and then download all the Google Apps. They ALL work properly on once you’ve loaded them.Will this work with Nubia’s new OS?

        Can Google Apps run on Nubia 2.0? Or did they purposefully break it?

        • Faux-News
          April 28, 2014

          Why dont you write a review for gizchina, of the Vivo xplay 3s you are using -__-

          • April 28, 2014

            huh? i’m not using one. i’m asking questions. i need more info before i go off to HK for a shopping trip.

            i like the 4.4OS dual-SIM 4G of the Nubia X6, but also like the screen and fingerprint scanner of the Xplay 3s.

            • Faux-News
              April 28, 2014

              wait for VIvo xshot to be released on May 7 /

            • April 28, 2014

              Haha, waiting to see what the Xshot will be. It all depends upon the LTE frequencies…

              Believe it or not, the dual-SIM tray is a big benefit for phone you use in the HK and SZ area, you need LTE and both SIMs active in both regions. So the Nubia is a step ahead with that.

              I’d REALLY want a tri-SIM flagship that also included t-mobile US LTE frequencies. T-mobile does free 2G international roaming on their plan now, so they’re the perfect US “add on” SIM to stick into your phone.

            • ramdroid
              April 28, 2014

              what about the coolpad s6 ?
              its a dual sim with LTE and less then half the price of both 3s and x6

            • April 28, 2014

              The coolpad s6 has a Snapdragon 400 processor and a 720p screen. Plus there’s an issue of build quality and support. In my opinion, not worth the money at half the price.

            • ramdroid
              April 29, 2014

              thanks for your feedback, i actually was thinking of getting one.
              very helpful

  2. Dave Weinstein
    April 27, 2014

    When is the X6 actually supposed to ship? Do you know if the Nubia 2.0 OS has Google App (including Play store) and Google services support?

    • Nicolas
      April 27, 2014

      No, it hasn”t.

    • Dave Weinstein
      April 28, 2014

      Actually, I was hoping for a more comprehensive answer. I know that Vivo’s Funtouch OS doesn’t ship with Google Apps, but you can easily side-load the Play Store App and then download all the Google Apps. They ALL work properly on once you’ve loaded them.Will this work with Nubia’s new OS?

      Can Google Apps run on Nubia 2.0? Or did they purposefully break it?

    • Faux-News
      April 28, 2014

      Why dont you write a review for gizchina, of the Vivo xplay 3s you are using -__-

    • Dave Weinstein
      April 28, 2014

      huh? i’m not using one. i’m asking questions. i need more info before i go off to HK for a shopping trip.

      i like the 4.4OS dual-SIM 4G of the Nubia X6, but also like the screen and fingerprint scanner of the Xplay 3s.

    • Faux-News
      April 28, 2014

      wait for VIvo xshot to be released on May 7 /

    • Dave Weinstein
      April 28, 2014

      Haha, waiting to see what the Xshot will be. It all depends upon the LTE frequencies…

      Believe it or not, the dual-SIM tray is a big benefit for phone you use in the HK and SZ area, you need LTE and both SIMs active in both regions. So the Nubia is a step ahead with that.

      I’d REALLY want a tri-SIM flagship that also included t-mobile US LTE frequencies. T-mobile does free 2G international roaming on their plan now, so they’re the perfect US “add on” SIM to stick into your phone.

    • Guest
      April 28, 2014

      what about the coolpad s6 ?
      its a dual sim with LTE and less then half the price of both 3s and x6

    • Dave Weinstein
      April 29, 2014

      The coolpad s6 has a Snapdragon 400 processor and a 720p screen. Plus there’s an issue of build quality and support. In my opinion, not worth the money at half the price.

    • Guest
      April 29, 2014

      thanks for your feedback, i actually was thinking of getting one.
      very helpful