Posts tagged with: Asus
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    It may feel like an unnatural alliance to some, but Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform supports both fellow Android handhelds and iPhones. Basically, if you’re not a hardcore fan of either Big G or Apple, don’t particularly understand the appeal of “iWatches”, yet still own a new or old iPhone, plus a wearable device from the “enemy’s” camp, it’s all good. Unless you’ve managed to get your hands on the iterative but relatively popular iPhone 7, and would like your iOS pocket notifications synchronized to your wrist via a second-gen Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch (1 or ...

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    As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it's worth reporting. The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the ...

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    Just like last year, Asus confusingly puts its 2016 high-end smartphone eggs in way too many baskets, as the ZenFone 3 family includes roughly a dozen similar but not identical members. Some aren’t even very high-end, like the China-only ZenFone Pegasus 3, the big-battery ZenFone 3 Max, or a ZenFone 3 Laser that’s slated to finally see daylight stateside “within 2 to 5 weeks.” That’s when Amazon expects to be able to ship the 2GB RAM-packing 5.5-incher in “glacier silver”, complete with an official 1-year US warranty covering accidental damage. Pre-orders are $206.95 a pop, ...

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    ‘Tis the season to not only excitedly await the commercial rollout of a new wave of more powerful, energy-efficient high-end smartwatches, but also hunt for previous-generation wearable bargains. Granted, the ZenWatch 3 arguably holds a major style advantage over both its rectangular predecessors, with a game-changing Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor under the hood as well, but at the end of the day, at least beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps you prefer your intelligent wrist-worn devices to look squarer, more futuristic, and less like everyday classic watches. Or maybe ...

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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    Asus set a high standard for android tablets, and alongside new Transformers, they also revealed the new ZenPad 3S 10. Not the most graceful name, but a sleek slate built around high quality media consumption. This 9.7” screen is housed in an aluminum frame with some tiny bezels bordering that screen, and a 78% screen to body ratio. That 2k display clocks in at a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It's sleek, it's shiny, and Asus thinks it's the right recipe for you music and movie junkies. The ZenPad 3S 10 aims to do battle with Apple and Samsung with a high quality screen and premium ...

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    Asus delivers a substantial shift from previous ZenWatches. New for this year is a circular display, a casing made out of stainless steel, and a pair of new programmable shortcut buttons. It's a clean look with a dramatic flare thanks to a little strip of rose gold. Asus is addressing battery life thanks to a new Qualcomm CPU, and a novel magnetic quick charge system. Included with the watch is an external battery which can top off the watch while still being worn. And while Android Wear remains fairly stock, Asus does have a collection of applets which might appeal to folks looking to ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 was publicized several weeks ago as a reasonable (if only small) improvement above the meaty main train of the Snapdragon 820. Seriously, a 10 percent jump in speed? That's it? Well, Qualcomm is putting a bit more spin to its promoting game for the 821. It has expanded that 10 percent improvement figure over to faster boots, faster app launches and... well, not "smoother, more responsive user interactions," but all that stuff about speed? 10 percent speedier. There's also been a 5 percent jump in the speed of the Adreno 530 GPU and a 5 percent savings in power. ...

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    Previously unveiled in and for Taiwan, the 2-in-1 Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 Windows PCs, as well as the non-convertible Android-based ZenPad 3S 10, officially spread their wings to European shores today at a pre-IFA Zenvolution event. The tablet trio’s headliner is undoubtedly the 12.6-inch Asus Transformer 3 Pro, billed as “the world’s most versatile PC”, and going straight for Microsoft Surface Pro 4’s jugular (not to mention the larger iPad Pro) with an integrated metal kickstand, backlit Transformer Cover Keyboard, 3K resolution display, Harman Kardon-powered stereo ...

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    This is why you shouldn’t think too much of leaked pre-release product photos like the blurry ones that showed off the Asus ZenWatch 3 in final certification stages a few weeks back. The round-shaped new Android Wear timepiece looks way sleeker now that it’s officially unveiled, with a relatively skinny 9.95mm profile, “jewelry-grade” 316L stainless steel craftsmanship, and narrow rose gold bezel for an extra touch of sophistication. You can choose between three gorgeous case finishes here (gunmetal, silver and rose gold), as well as stitched Italian leather or high-quality rubber ...

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    Hardware choice is typically a good thing, and it’s an essential part of the very solid foundation on which the diverse Android ecosystem was created and continues to thrive on, but there is such a thing as too much choice. Call it brand dilution, lack of focus or fuzzy product release strategy if you will, but voice your frustration over it, as it inherently leads to OS fragmentation and tardy software support. Case in point, the six (not-so) different Asus ZenFone 2 models, the arguably most popular of which was left waiting for a Marshmallow update until after Nougat’s Nexus debut. ...

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    We've got a mega show for you this week, running down our favorite spoilers before we ship off to Berlin for IFA. We're getting a better look at what could be the LG V20,  and let's have a chat about Apple's responses to warranty issues... These stories plus answering questions from the Pocketnow mailbag! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 215 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 25th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to ...

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    The beloved, if design-maligned Nexus 5 is not unofficially dead just yet. Within a day of Google dropping the Android Nougat images for certain Nexus devices that aren't the Nexus 5, XDA developers have been figuring out a build for the fan favorite phone. One did so, though it's a rough edit — so rough that Bluetooth and the camera are broken. But the kernel source code is available to download, for you tweakers out there. Since Vulkan API integration is part of Nougat and Qualcomm has stopped supporting the Snapdragon 801 that the Nexus 5 has, there's only hope that other Snapdragon ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    ASUS has tweeted out that "Incredible is Coming" on August 31 in Berlin, two days prior to the official start of IFA Berlin. We suspect that the recent leaks of the ZenWatch 3 and a more global push for the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and its friends will be the cruxes of this event. The time for something incredible is now! #IFA16 #ASUS pic.twitter.com/D7GgqHJvUW — ASUS (@ASUS) August 17, 2016 Pocketnow will be on the ground to chase the latest developments from Taiwan, Korea and all over, via Germany. Via: Droid Life

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    Much like it needed several years to find its feet in an overcrowded, ultra-competitive mobile device industry, experimenting with convertible PadFones and an overly humble first Zenfone generation before hitting one out of the park in 2015, Asus may have failed to truly get the ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 off the ground only to succeed this time around. At least, it looks like the Asus ZenWatch 3 solved the puzzle of the winning form factor, possibly still hurting in terms of bulk. Taking for granted a sketchy set of newly leaked live pics purporting to show the third-gen Android Wear ...

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    Surely, we’ve heard way too little (nothing, actually) about a prospective third-generation ZenWatch thus far for a new take on one of very few surviving rectangular Android Wear designs to debut at the pre-IFA Asus Zenvolution conference in Berlin, Germany on August 31. But surprise, surprise, a not-so-cryptic device has just been sighted swinging by the FCC for mandatory certification ahead of a no doubt imminent US commercial launch, and it’s got the Asus ZenWatch 3 name plastered on its rear housing in an unexpectedly revealing blueprint. This also previews a long overdue form ...

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    Anyone wondering whatever happened to the seemingly mid-range Asus ZenPad Z8 tablet (ev-) leaked en route to Verizon back in May? Well, it was actually launched with minimal fanfare on America’s largest mobile network shortly after, priced at $250 outright or $150 on-contract. While it never looked like a game changer for an industry that badly needs one, the ZT581KL offered more than enough bang for the buck of Big Red subscribers to make the rest of the world jealous. But now there’s also a Z581KL model incoming, branded as the Asus ZenPad 3 8.0, and the carrier and country ...

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    The seemingly simplified Asus Zenfone family is essentially getting just as convoluted as last year, with third-gen Laser and Max models unveiled shortly after the announcements of standard, Deluxe and Ultra versions, plus a Pegasus and an even higher-end Deluxe bidding for the title of the world’s first Snapdragon 821 powerhouse. So, exactly how do the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser and Max stand out from the pack? For one thing, they’ve just seen daylight in Vietnam (of all places), suggesting perhaps they’re not global devices. Which is a pity, because the two have a lot to offer for fairly ...

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    Wait, didn’t Asus already take the wraps off the standard Zenfone 3, as well as the Deluxe and Ultra variants a month and a half ago, followed by the ultra-low-cost, China-only Zenfone Pegasus 3? Sure, but we’ve known for a while the best was yet to come, with Asus left waiting for Qualcomm’s formal announcement of a Snapdragon 820 sequel before being allowed to unveil the top-of-the-line Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Now the Snapdragon 821 processor is official, and it merely took a few hours for the Taiwan-based smartphone producer to claim the title of world’s first packing 10 percent extra ...

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    While HTC put a lot of trust in its redesigned new flagship phone and first ever VR headset, the two’s launches haven’t been able to right the sinking ship just yet. The Vive, of course, is still in a decent position to spearhead a revolution and the rise of a profitable industry, which we can’t say about the HTC 10. Released a little late, a little overpriced, and incapable of standing out from the Galaxy S7-led pack, the beveled 5.2-incher is barely projected by market research firm TrendForce to reach a million units in 2016 production volume. The GS7 duo, mind you, was on track ...

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    From the get-go, it seemed unwise of Asus to flood the value-focused smartphone market with more ZenFone 2 derivations than you can count on the fingers of one hand. It wasn’t only absurdly confusing, also unnecessarily complicating the family’s software updating process. Instead of sending Android 6.0 Marshmallow for one or two models, Asus has over half a dozen 2015 ZenFones to stabilize and optimize, of which the Max and Laser configurations got the ball rolling last month. Finally, the ZenFone Zoom (model number ZX551KL) and ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) now follow suit, leaving the ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    Did you know Asus has been releasing relatively affordable mid-range phones under the Pegasus moniker for nearly two years now? What’s truly odd about the Greek mythology-inspired name is Asus decided to merge it with the Zenfone brand in China, earlier today introducing the hybrid-sounding Zenfone Pegasus 3. This is an aluminum unibody beast, you’ll be happy to hear, priced at just $200 or so (CNY 1,300), while packing 2GB RAM, accommodating 16GB data internally, and supporting fingerprint recognition. A higher-end 3/32 gig configuration will also be available soon, in exchange for ...

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