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We're one day into the finale voting for Project CSX, the crowd-source device where consumers decide what ZTE will build next. The response has been great thus far. Thousands of votes have been cast in the first day, but remember that we have seven days remaining and expect a lot of changes in the final week. We've received a lot of comments and questions that I would like to address.
Where can you vote?
* More widgets and places to vote are being added as we expand the regions for voting. Please note that the results you see on each of the voting widgets are being tallied by ZTE from different widgets. The grand prize winner will be the one with the greatest amount of votes across all voting widgets.
We are closely monitoring all voting and ZTE reserves the right to subtract any votes that are not legitimate. There was a spike in voting in one of the concepts yesterday that was traced back to an article that was written about the concept. After checking the views and locations of each vote, we found that the votes were legitimate. There is no evidence that we have found of improper voting.
How can you Help?
If you see a product concept that you truly believe in, spread the word. Get others to vote on it. That's the best way for you to help the author of the concept that you believe should win. The voting widgets have many options for sharing across social channels or you can give friends and family this URL: http://www.projectcsx.info
How Did ZTE Select the Final Five?
Three ideas carry over from Phase 1. They are: Eye Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone, Powerglove and VR-Interactive Diving Mask. Users had an opportunity to build out designs and expand upon these ideas, but the original authors had the best designs and they were carried forward.
Two ideas from Phase 2 were called wildcards, meaning that these ideas could start from scratch and propose a new idea, complete with designs. One of the wildcard submissions was a vote leader from Phase 1 that was resubmitted again, and generated interest in votes and comments in Phase 2. With tremendous feedback that we received in other forums, even outside of Project CSX, we made the decision to allow the stock Android phone concept back into the final. Our reasoning was that it would be one of five concepts, and it would be great to see how consumers voted when it was placed next to other innovative choices. In the spirit of CSX, it's about listening to consumers and we truly want to see how people vote and what they want to see in a device.
Lastly, we should expect that any of the five choices would be an innovative device when it's available in 2017. Even in the case of the stock Android phone, there's always the chance that we might blend one of the other innovative ideas from CSX into the final product. Remember, this is a crowd-source device. We're respecting the ideas, comments and votes from the crowd - all of you.