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Style your own ZenWatch watch face with FaceDesigner app

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

ZenWatch Face Designer

Soon after ASUS made the new ZenWatch 2 available and very much affordable on Google Store and while other brands are working on their round-faced smartwatches, trying to remove flat tires (Hello Motorola), here’s ASUS keeping a low profile with the 2nd-gen ZenWatch that is really not as complicated as you think.

With the ASUS FaceDesigner app, you can create your own watch face to display. Compatible with the wearable OS Android Wear, app allows you to customize the watch face and clock type, as well as, select the widget you want to be shown on the small screen when you look at your wrist.

The ZenWatch FaceDesigner also lets you change the background color, image, text color, weather info, tick icon, time zone infor, burned calories, and battery information among others. Or if you have a photo you want to use as background image, you can use it to make your ASUS ZenWatch 2 unique, truly your own.

It’s so easy to change the look of your smartwatch. Select watch face, choose clock, and then save by clicking “Done”. Display your creation by activating “Add”, check position on the emulated watch, and then finalize image.

You can also use the Zenny icons that are exclusive to ZenWatch. Note that you can only use the ZenWatch FaceDesigner app on a ZenWatch device.

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Download ZenWatch FaceDesigner from the Google Play Store

ASUS releases ZenWatch FaceDesigner for their DIY watch face makers

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


One of the benefits that Android fans enjoy with the operating system is the ability to customize so many parts of what is displayed on their smartphones. Launchers add several customizable options and an untold number of widgets give users the ability to get just the look they want, all without involving programming or graphic design skills. It should be no surprise then that similar capabilities are starting to expand through the Android ecosystem, like the ZenWatch FaceDesigner from ASUS that gives users the ability to design their own watch faces for ZenWatch smartwatches running Android Wear.

The ZenWatch FaceDesigner follows a three step process to customize the watch face. Users choose the base watch face, they choose a clock type, and then finish with an information widget. Each step gives users the ability to do things like choose images, colors, icons, and choose from a variety of pre-built information widgets. Users can even select their own image for a background.

The app may not be to the level where users could virtually replicate a Rolex or some of the more polished designs that are available for Android Wear devices, but it is a start and is likely a sign of things to come for the market.

If you have an ASUS ZenWatch or ASUS ZenWatch 2 device, head on over to the Play Store to grab the app and start work on designing that watch face that you have not had any luck finding elsewhere.


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ASUS Zenwatch 2 Lands on Google Store for $149

Posted by Kellex October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

While everyone else in the smartwatch industry is trying to make the most high-end option available, with golds and fine leathers and fancy boxes and circular displays, ASUS is quietly still making affordable options. The ASUS Zenwatch 2 is just that and it’s available now through the Google Store for $149. Well, to be accurate, it went up for sale on September 29, shortly after Google’s event, but it’s now front and center on the Google Store, letting us know that it’s there for the taking. 

The Zenwatch 2 includes an ovalish watch casing, that features curved glass in either 49mm or 45mm sizes. It’s still a square AMOLED display, but the glass has been curved to hopefully better fit your wrist and add some flair. It comes with either navy blue or aqua blue strap, Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, 400mAh (49mm)/ 300mAh (45mm) battery, IP67 water and dust resistance, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, and Android Wear. The specs aren’t remarkable, but they’ll get the job done, especially at the $149 price point.

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 now available for purchase on Google Store

Posted by wicked October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

ASUS ZenWatch 2 navy blue 49mm

We were introduced to the ASUS ZenWatch 2 early last month at the IFA 2015 in Berlin. We expected its announcement because the Taiwanese company had been showing off teasers for weeks. Back then, we learned that the European prices would be €149 for the 45mm model and €169 for the 49mm variant. We said those two could be priced at around $170 and $190 in the United States.

As promised, the ZenWatch 2 is now ready on Google Store and more good news–it’s even more affordable at $150. That’s both for the 45mm model and the slightly bigger 49mm smartwatch already. The 45mm ZenWatch 2 is available in silver with a light aqua band while the 49mm model boasts of a gunmetal finish and a navy blue band. Those two are nice color combos that ladies and geeks would like.

You can now get either one from the Google Store. Price includes free shipping already so it sounds like a really good deal especially when other Android Wear-powered smartwatches in the market today are priced higher. After ASUS, the next affordable model is the new Moto 360 at $299. The LG Watch Urbane is priced at $349 while the Huawei Watch is $399.

For $150, the ASUS ZenWatch is not at all bad if you only want a basic smartwach for notifications. There’s no heart rate monitor or ambient light sensor here though to keep the low price point. It looks different among the round-faced competition so it has that “uniqueness” factor now.

ASUS ZenWatch 2 light aqua

To review, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 features 4GB of built-in storage, Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, single microphon, and is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance. The 45mm version comes with a 300mAh battery while the 49mm model has a 400mAh battery. Both watches use a changeable quick-release band at different sizes: 18mm and 22mm.

SOURCE: Google Store

ASUS’ ZenWatch 2 is being sold through the Google Store

Posted by wicked October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Another Android Wear device has been made available through the Google Store. ASUS’ ZenWatch, the smartwatch that was announced way back in June, is being sold by Google for $149. The Google Store is offering the ZenWatch 2 in two sizes, each with its own color option. The 45mm size comes in Light Aqua with a rubber strap while the larger 49mm size is Navy Blue and has a leather strap.

The ZenWatch 2 features all-day battery life and is said to take sixty minutes to reach a charge of 80%. This is in addition to powering the built-in biosensor that measures a user’s activity and relaxation levels for the ZenWatch Wellness Manager app to analyze. For smartwatches with square-edge displays, ASUS definitely has one of the nicer models.

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 now available in the Google Play Store

Posted by wicked October - 4 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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The ASUS ZenWatch 2 follows its predecessor’s steps by offering an enticing design for a price point that very few competitors can match. It’s a sweet deal for those who want to get into the Android Wear game without spending too much cash, and today marks the new watch’s arrival to the Google Play Store, where you can buy the ZenWatch 2 for only $149.99.

Not sure whether you want to go for this Android Wear device or upgrade to another one? Though the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is cheaper than your conventional wearable, we have to tell you there is not much to sacrifice with it. It did pretty well in our full review and it comes with very similar specs compared to the others.


The ASUS ZenWatch 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 0.5 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. It’s also worth mentioning there are two sizes, which will make many of you very happy. The largest version’s dimensions are 49.6 x 40.7 x 9.5 mm, features a 320×320 AMOLED display and a 400 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the smaller iteration measures in at 45.2 x 37.2 x 10.5 mm, has a lower resolution 280×280 AMOLED panel and is powered by a 300 mAh battery.


We didn’t have much to complain about during our full ASUS ZenWatch 2 review, either. Our main issue was with the bezels, which are still pretty large. Otherwise, the device features a great battery life, fast magnetic charging, different prices and a price point that makes it one of the most luring Android Wear products around.

Will any of you be buying it? Just head over to the Google Store to put your name on one. It’s shipping now, so have no doubt that you will be rocking your own in just some days!

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ASUS and Microsoft decide to strengthen patent licensing agreement

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Microsoft seems to be in a good mood these days. After ending its long-running patent battle with Google, the software giant is now strengthening its patent licensing agreement with ASUS. The two tech companies broadening their partnership is good news because this means closer integration, better technology sharing, and probably more innovative products in the near future.

Microsoft and ASUS have agreed to pre-install Microsoft Office apps and services on ASUS devices. It’s similar to what Samsung and Microsoft have agreed on a few months ago to install Office apps on Samsung phones.

Vincent Hong, General Counsel at ASUS, believes in this partnership and said, “This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers”. More opportunities and technologies can be expected as well. “We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry,” Hong further said.

Both companies are expected to greatly benefit from this agreement. Microsoft Technology Licensing’s president Nick Psyhogeos is positive that this will bring continued improvements to their products and that it is “possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property”.

After Google and ASUS, we wonder what’s next on Microsoft’s list.

SOURCE: Microsoft

ASUS joins ‘Make in India” initiative with help from Foxconn

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


As one of the hottest mobile device markets around the world today, India’s government took some steps to capitalize on the interest shown by manufacturers in selling to their citizens. The “Make in India” initiative was created to encourage production of smartphones within the country rather than having them shipped there from other manufacturing plants in other countries. The project appears to be proving successful with several smartphone manufacturers announcing plans to locate production facilities in India. The latest to join the list is ASUS, in partnership with Foxconn, which announced plans to commence production of some of their Zenfone series of devices in India.

According to sources, ASUS will start producing their Zenfone 2 Laser device and the ASUS Zenfone Go smartphone in India. Early indications are that the facility will be capable of producing 150,000 units on a monthly basis. At current levels, this would meet about 80% of demand for ASUS smartphones in India. Peter Chang with ASUS says the manufacturer is hoping to capture 5% of market share in India. Chang added,

“India offers us a huge opportunity as smartphone penetration is just 10%. We are excited to announce our local manufacturing facility that will cater to the growing demands of the market. The Indian government’s focus on ‘Make in India’ has opened a plethora of opportunities for international companies. It is an opportune time to make the announcement as it will enable us to bring our cutting-edge products to consumers who are looking for features and design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at an economic price.”

To celebrate the announcement, ASUS India released the video below.

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source: PhoneRadar

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Google Expedition, their latest Cardboard solution, heading to the classroom

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Imagine being a student studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and your teacher is able to transport you to Verona, Italy, the setting for the play. While there you are able to examine up close a location like a centuries-old building known as “Juliet’s House” which is home to the supposed inspiration for the Capulet family. Such a field trip would be cost prohibitive for most classes and a logistics nightmare, but virtual reality can get students close. Although it is not yet to the level of stepping onto a holodeck, Google is helping make this happen through a program to provide their virtual field trip system called Expeditions that uses Cardboard free to schools.

The virtual reality kits from Google are another step as the company tries to get a foot in the door of schools and their younger, captive audiences. Indirectly Google has had much success as their low cost Chromebook devices from various manufacturers are popular with school systems. In addition, there about 45 million students that use Google’s Apps for Education platform thanks to their school’s decision. The addition of Expeditions may be yet one more “touchpoint” for Google.

As currently configured, the Expeditions toolkits come with Cardboard viewers and an ASUS smartphone. Teachers can tap into a variety of existing tools like Street View as they guide their students. Google is also working with a 16-camera system built by GoPro to produce custom content for use in the classroom.

Thus far about 100 virtual trips have been developed by Google in collaboration with teachers. Locations include places like the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Google is currently providing the kits for free to schools. However, they could start charging at some point in the future.

source: The New York Times
via: Engadget

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Asus Zenfone Go launched in India for INR 7,999

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Asus has managed quite a feat: in just two years, the company has become a force in the smartphone business. According to Counterpoint Research, Asus is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands in the world, alongside Chinese company Vivo.

Asus’ owes its solid growth to the well-priced Zenfone line, which has been especially successful in Asia. The latest entry to the series, Zenfone Go, has just launched in India, targeting the crucial entry-level segment.

The Zenfone Go comes with a quad-core MediaTek MT6580 SoC processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display and just 8GB of internal storage (expandable). Other specs include an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter, a 2,070-mAh battery, 3G connectivity, and Android 5.1-based Zen UI.

These specs are pretty basic, but at INR 7,999 ($120), the Zenfone Go is on par with or better than competitors in its price range, including Android One devices or the Micromax Yunique.

The Zenfone Go is now listed on Flipkart as Coming Soon, and will also be available through Asus’ brick and mortar presence in India, as well as other retailers. Coming in black, white, or red, the device offers 100GB of Google Drive storage as a freebie and one year of warranty.

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