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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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    The year’s second quarter is nearly done, and if Asus wants to meet its self-imposed deadline from back February, it needs to get cracking ASAP. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening, with the 5-inch ZenFone 2 Laser (model number ZE500KL) treated to a quiet Android 6.0 makeover about a month ago, the 5.5-inch ZE550KL ZenFone 2 Laser following suit earlier this week, and the ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) completing the trifecta today. Across the board, Asus not only brought the usual slate of game-changing Marshmallow goodies, Doze Mode and Now on Tap included, also removing many of ...

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    What comes after Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm’s current flagship smartphone SoC, and the go-to choice for dozens of high-end Android device manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, Asus, ZTE, Lenovo, and even HP? Seeing as how the SD800 was followed by an 801, then 805 and 808, while the 810 jumped straight to 820, truly anything’s possible. But if no minor upgrade is in the pipeline until the radically improved 830 enters the scene next year, that means the fall 2016 heroes will theoretically be exactly as potent as their spring predecessors. Nobody wants that, of course, ...

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    The last markdowns are in place for the Nexus Player at many retail stores. ASUS isn't making a device anymore that used to be sold at the Google Store. Now what? Apparently, it's due for a software update. Liliputing first reported its findings of another application at the FCC for a device looking like another Nexus Player. But don't get your hopes up. The thing is that this application retains the same FCC ID code as the original product that was approved on October 19, 2014. Why would ASUS submit a new FCC application for an old product? Well, the FCC currently requires that if a ...

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    You'll soon be able to buy a OnePlus 3 without an invite! Is this the flagship killer you've been waiting for? We finally have confirmation on USA pricing for the Xperia X. Will Sony start supporting North America more consistently? Qualcomm delivers an official statement regarding the TrustZone exploit, but will consumers be able to protect their information if manufacturers have to send updates? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 203 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June ...

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    When Asus let the cat out of the bag back in February regarding the Q4 2016 launch of a mystery “phone based VR/AR” device, everyone figured we’d hear more come Computex. Indeed, the company’s home turf-set tech expo saw an inconspicuous-looking piece of head gear break cover a few days ago, only the leather-strapped gizmo remains completely cloaked in secrecy. Meanwhile, we have absolutely nothing to report on the “PC based VR” front, with Asus likely working behind the scenes alongside Oculus to further strengthen the HTC Vive barricade, but a commercial product still a ...

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    Taking a cue from its more respected and popular rivals, which almost always offer great deals on old flagship devices when new ones enter the scene, Asus has a surprise in store for the next 21 hours (and counting) for its cash-strapped fans unimpressed with the $250 ZenFone 3. The 128GB ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, brought to the US last November at $400, is available today only on Amazon with a sweet $130 discount. In addition to accommodating all the digital content you could ever need, both internally and on microSD cards, this ZE551ML configuration on sale also packs an ...

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    Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot. But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive ...

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    Technically, Asus foreshadowed Microsoft’s trend-setting 2-in-1 Surface family with an Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer dating all the way back to CES 2011. But it took the Taiwanese company a little too long to understand full Windows was the correct software path for convertible tablets, and now one can’t help but feel the Transformer 3 roster outright clones the Surface Pro 4. The design, productivity and versatility principles are identical, and even the actual kickstands and detachable keyboards of the Asus Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro look eerily similar to those of the ...

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    “The pragmatist’s powerhouse” is all grown up, and while Asus doesn’t appear to have learned from past mistakes, once again diluting its own premium mobile brand, at least there are clear differences between the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe and Zenfone 3 Ultra this time around. Oddly enough, the relatively popular big-battery Zenfone Max that was recently refreshed in India didn’t also get a proper sequel at the Computex trade fair in Taipei, with the Ultra model instead set to carry the heavyweight torch. Starting from the beginning though, the base Asus Zenfone 3 variant ...

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    In a time of transition where tablet growth is forecast for more convertible pastures, there are still manufacturers making slabs out there. This one here, as evidenced by a leak from Evan Blass, falls within the majority of the market — a small, budget Android tablet. The ASUS Zenpad Z8 is supposedly headed for Verizon Wireless with a compact form and mid-range specs. Asus Zenpad Z8 for VZW: Snapdragon 650, 8", 1536 x 2048, 2GB/16GB, 8MP/1.8MP, microSD pic.twitter.com/7SOcCQWG7O — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 28, 2016 Alas, a Transformer Pad this is not. It's likely that if Verizon is in ...

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    Well, this is confusing. Just days before almost certainly taking the wraps off a new family of respectable Android mid-rangers with relatively low price points in Taiwan, Asus decided to lightly refresh the original Zenfone Max in India. As far as we know, a radically redesigned and upgraded Zenfone 3 Max is on its way to a number of markets, including “developed” ones in Europe and possibly North America too, but for some reason, Flipkart gets an interim model virtually identical on the outside to the first-gen battery powerhouse. Under the hood, this “new” Asus Zenfone Max ...

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