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Posted on 22 April 2017

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ZTE cancelled a crowd-funding campaign

The Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE has cancelled a crowd-funding campaign for a smartphone design based on ideas submitted by the public.

With just over a day to go, 190 backers had pledged $36,000 (£29,000) - much less than the target of $500,000. The "Project CSX" phone would have let users interact with it via voice control and eye-tracking, in which pages are scrolled by eye movement alone.
One analyst said customers may have been sceptical about the features. In an update to the project page on Kickstarter, ZTE said it had decided to cancel the current fundraising campaign "based on feedback we've received", but was vague on what exact form any new phone might now take. "However, this doesn't mean the project is over," the firm added. "We are re-evaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea - an eye-tracking feature - and it will be implemented based on your feedback."
Backers had been able to pledge $199 to receive the phone, had the project been successfully funded, and those who pledged money will now get it back.