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Motorola, LG, ASUS and Huawei reportedly introducing new Android Wear watches at IFA

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It has been a bit quiet around the Android Wear realm. Is Apple stealing all the thunder? The Cupertino giant did sell more smart watches in a day than the Android Wear manufacturers shipped in 2014, collectively. In fact, Strategy Analytics’ studies suggest about 75% of all Q2, 2015 smart watches came from the iPhone maker. The Apple Watch is a force to be reckoned with, and the silence among Android Wear manufacturers may simply signify they’re getting ready for a battle to come.

According to sources familiar with upcoming Android Wear launches, multiple companies are planning to take the stage and introduce their new Android-based wearables at IFA 2015. next week. These sources couldn’t tell us much about the upcoming products, but they did give us a few hints on the general plans.

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Motorola is said to launch a successor to the Moto 360, which managed to be among the most popular devices during the first Android Wear wave, thanks to its circular screen and enticing design. Meanwhile, LG is said to be planning a device similar to the LG Watch Urbane LTE. And don’t worry, it seems this time around LG is opting to use Android Wear instead of WebOS.

We have already seen the upcoming Huawei and ASUS Android Wear products, so all we can hope for is to see more details in Berlin. The Huawei Watch (yes, that’s the name) is meant to be a “timeless” piece of technology with a classic design. It’s actually quite gorgeous, but some of you will prefer the ASUS ZenWatch 2, which was unveiled at Computex last June.

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Will these new Android Wear devices be able to compete against Apple’s mighty watch? Most of us will side with Google’s partners, but the truth is it’s very hard to go against the Apple Watch – those guys have the numbers! And with Samsung possibly getting rid of Google’s software on the Gear S2 in exchange of their own Tizen platform, things are looking pretty tough.

All we can do is wait and see what happens at IFA. You can be sure we will be there catching all the goodies, so keep it tuned to Android Authority for all your wearable coverage!

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Deal: buy the ASUS ZenWatch for only $124

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is on its way to store shelves, so it’s only natural that we are starting to see more deals on the previous iteration. The ASUS ZenWatch has already been available for $129.99 from Google, Amazon and Best Buy, in the recent past. The newest deal comes from Newegg, which is offering the Android Wear smart watch for only $124.

Is there a catch? Well… not quite. It’s not really a catch – it’s just that you do have to take multiple steps to get the price down to this level. For starters, you need to add your device to your cart and add the coupon code “VCO2015BTS”, after inputting your email. This will bring the price down to $139 (from $149).

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You will also notice that the purchase already includes a $15 mail-in rebate. The customer will need to fill out and send the included form. This will effectively bring the price down to $124! Yes, it takes some steps and the process may be a bit annoying, but this is one of the best deals we have seen on this product.

Now, the real question is whether you want to get the ASUS ZenWatch or prefer to wait for the second iteration. This is definitely a great deal, but it’s only for those who feel like the ASUS ZenWatch can really take care of all their wearable needs. Go ahead and read our full ZenWatch review to find out if this product will suit your needs. If it doesn’t, just head to our post on the best Android watches of 2015. One of them will be to your liking!

Is anyone signing up for this ASUS ZenWatch deal?

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ASUS releases teaser videos of new products to be announced at IFA 2015

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

The annual IFA in Berlin is one of the biggest tech events geeks look forward to. We’re anticipating a busy first week of the month because of the numerous products and technologies that will be announced and showcased by a lot of companies and manufacturers. Some brands have already confirmed their schedules and have started giving hints including Sony, LG, and Huawei.

Last week, ASUS said that it will be revealing a new ZenFone and ZenWatch on September 2. Some blurred images were sighted which we figured out was taken from this video below:

Based on the teaser video, we’re guessing a new Transformer, an all-in-one computer, and of course, the ZenWatch and a new ZenFone.

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A second teaser for the IFA 2015 was posted yesterday on Facebook. The images were clearer this time but we still have no idea what the other products could be. We’re guessing a tablet-laptop hybrid (new Transformer perhaps?) and a new rectangular smartwatch. We’re very curious what this device could be:

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Any guesses? It seems to be something round  and that looks like a camera and flash there. What do you think about this mysterious device? Could it be a new phone? A streaming device, a smart camera for the home? A personal voice assistant like the Amazon Echo? More hints, rumors, and leaked images and we’re close to figuring out what could that be.

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SOURCE: ASUS (1),(2)

Batch of Android Wear smartwatches ready for IFA 2015

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Despite quickly taking over the top spot for smartwatches, the Apple Watch has not been the roaring success some may have hoped for. Manufacturers of Android-based smartwatches have already discovered this truth, that the wearables market has not yet caught on fire, as shown by poor results for 2014 sales when only 4.6 million units were shipped. Nevertheless, several companies are preparing to introduce a new wave of smartwatches at the IFA 2015 show next week in Berlin, including ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola, with a heavy focus on the use of Android Wear for the operating system.

Google’s Android Wear has been on the market since 2014, but it is really only since the Apple Watch launch that the company had something to benchmark against in terms of delivering a superior user experience. The only other alternatives prior to that were solutions like Samsung’s Tizen that ran on their Gear devices or even the WebOS used by LG on the LG Watch Urbane, although these were very similar to what Android Wear was able to offer.

Strategy Analytics’ Neil Mawston has noted that “Apple Watch has clearly raised the bar for the global smartwatch industry. The ball is now in the court of rivals, like Samsung, to respond.”

Amongst the devices expected to be unveiled or put on greater display next week are the successor to the LG Watch Urbane, the new Huawei smartwatch, the ASUS ZenWatch 2, the next version of the Motorola Moto 360, and the Samsung Gear S2. Other companies will likely have something to offer for the wearables market as well.

source: CNET

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Report: Wave of New Android Wear Devices to Debut at IFA

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

According to a report out of CNET, next month’s IFA trade show will be the launching pad for a wave of new Android Wear devices from multiple manufacturers. The group of OEMs reported to launch new Google-powered wearables includes Motorola, LG, Huawei, and ASUS

Likely included in this batch of new smartwatches is the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), the followup to last year’s Moto 360. We have seen the device hit the FCC, and it has also made its way to the streets of Chicago, meaning Motorola must be about ready to unveil it.

Also included in the “likely to be unveiled” category is the Huawei Watch, which was first debuted at MWC all the way back in February. It has been reported in the months following that Huawei has tweaked its initial design, making it a true competitor in the high-end wearable category.

The IFA timing makes sense, as the devices will likely go on sale sometime shortly or a bit after the trade show, perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Is a new Android Wear smartwatch on your holiday shopping list?

Via: CNET

Report: Wave of New Android Wear Devices to Debut at IFA is a post from: Droid Life

ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe edition packed with massive 256GB internal storage

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

When it seemed that we had seen the last ASUS ZenFone 2 variants finally released 3 weeks ago in India with whopping 64GB and 128GB internal storage options, the Taiwan-based manufacturer again pulled a fast one by announcing another variant of the ZenFone 2 family in Brazil – this time with probably the largest internal storage option you can find on a smartphone in the market today, and calling it the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition.

That’s a looong name for a smartphone, but the internal storage option matches the length of the variant’s name, with a full 256GBs of storage space now available in the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition. This phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display, powered by a quad-core 2.3Ghz Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 4GB RAM and 4G connectivity.

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This is aimed at media enthusiasts and those who want to take lots and lots of videos on their phones. You can do that with the 13MP main camera that allows you to take 1080p videos. The phone will be running the latest Zen UI based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Lastly, the new phone will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery and will have dual SIM capability. ASUS announced that the phone will be available next month in Brazil, but no pricing information has been released as of yet.

VIA: Fone Arena

Hello big boy – ASUS ZenFone 2 Special Edition with 256GB storage

Posted by Tom August - 23 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

ASUS has announced a special edition of its ASUS ZenFone 2 Android smartphone that will pack in a whopping 256GB internal storage as standard.

The special edition will launch first in Brazil next month.

Aside from the memory boom, the ZenFone 2 shares its regular sibling’s stats of a 5.5-inch display, 4G of RAM, a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and a 13MP / 5 MP camera combo.

Special Edition price TBA.

Via ubergizmo

 

ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition with 256 GB of storage launching in Brazil

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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True data warriors may not be happy with those 128 GB of internal storage the ASUS ZenFone 2 currently caps out at. If you are struggling to keep all those movies, documents and music, the Taiwanese manufacturer may have something for you!

ASUS has just announced a new version of its ZenFone 2, labeled as the “Deluxe Special Edition”. In essence, this is just another version of their maxed out device. It comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 chipset and 4 GB of RAM, as well as the usual specs that never change between ZenFone 2 iterations. So what makes this unique handset so premium?

Well, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition features a whopping 256 GB of internal storage! If that amount of storage isn’t enough for you, you really need help.

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The ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition will be available in two designs. One is light colored with polygon shapes in the back, while the second is more traditional, touting a textured black cover.

We do have bad news, though. This specific device will only be launched in Brazil. No news or comments on wider availability have been disclosed. We assume factors like sales figures and production costs will play big roles in future decisions surrounding availability. It launches in Brazil this September, so be ready if you live there!

How many of you would actually want 256 GB of internal storage? I am an avid cloud and streaming advocate, so I seriously wouldn’t know what to do with so much internal storage. Would you buy this if it came to your market?

Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – August 22nd, 2015

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off
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Even though the Android world didn’t see a ton of major hardware announcements this week, that doesn’t mean things have been slowing down in the slightest. Amidst Google making Android 6.0 Marshmallow official and Motorola’s next-generation Moto 360 being spotted in the wild multiple times, we’ve still managed to bring you a good amount of video content that you don’t want to miss.

This week we went hands-on and unboxed the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5, in hopes to give you a good look at what the new device offers its users out of the box. We also managed to bring you a OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One comparison, a number of in-depth reviews and even some insights about what the new Nexus phones might bring to the table.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the videos you don’t want to miss this week.

Unboxings and first impressions

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 unboxing & first impressions!

We’ve finally gotten our hands on the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. While we’re finishing up coverage on a few more awesome devices that are in the pipeline, we figured this is a good chance to give you a look at what comes in the Note 5’s box and what we think of the smartphone so far. Take a look at the video above to see what the Note 5 brings to the table.

When flagship killers go head to head

OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One

Continuing our coverage of the OnePlus 2, we thought it was important to see just how this year’s “flagship killer” compares to last year’s offering. Does the 2 bring enough to the table, or does it fall short of everyone’s high expectations? Check out the video above to see for yourself.

Reviews

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 review

ASUS has been known to produce some killer hardware at competitive price points, but the company’s newest tablet offering might bring that to a whole new level. Is the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 the tablet for you? Check out Krystal’s full review for more information.

Elephone P8000 review

Available now for just $170, the Elephone P8000 boasts some impressive specifications and a beautiful design. With that said, just because the device checks all the right boxes doesn’t mean it can necessarily hang with the best of the best. Check out Bailey’s full review for further elaboration.

CuBox TV review

Even though it may be a tad pricey for some, the CuBox TV is a flexible media player that can run both Android and Linux, and excels at running Kodi. But is this device’s great performance worth the big price tag? Don’t miss Gary’s full review!

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny review

Chrome OS devices are becoming more and more popular in the crowded computer space, and we’re taking a look at one of the more recent offerings from Lenovo. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny might be powerful, but can it replace your current laptop or desktop computer? Bailey offers up his thoughts in our full review.

Battle of the personal voice assistants

Siri vs Google Now vs Cortana

Google Now, Siri and Cortana are all very powerful personal voice assistants, but how do they stand out from each other? Do any of these assistants bring anything interesting to the table? Joe finds out in this lengthy comparison.

Android Apps Weekly

Final Fantasy 7, Humble Bundle and Google Play is ready for Marshmallow – you don’t want to miss Joe’s newest episode of Android Apps Weekly!

Speculation on the next Nexus phones

Can the Nexus brand be reborn?

We might end up seeing two Nexus devices this year, and that’s great news. Not only will this give developers and Android fans more options this time around, but the two rumored OEMs might actually bring some positive vibes back to the Nexus program. Check out Mark’s full written piece below, and don’t miss Jayce’s video overview on the subject.

ASUS to reveal new ZenFone, ZenWatch at IFA 2015 (Save the Date: Sept 2)

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

September is less than two weeks from today which means IFA is about to open its gates. It also means that in the coming days, we’ll hear more rumors and see more leaks of new products to be unveiled in Berlin. One of the big companies busy preparing for IFA is ASUS who just posted a Press Event invitation.

The event will be on September 2 and we can expect a new smartphone and smartwatch from ASUS. Some blurred images were shared as teasers. The smartwatch looks similar to the ZenWatch but with some sort of metal band. (Yes, the images are not really clear.)

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As for the smartphone, we have no idea about the design. The next image here is what’s believed to be just the rear volume rocker of the upcoming Asus ZenFone.

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Rumor has it that the phone was recently certified in China. We’re almost sure of one thing though: the next flagship will be called the ZenFone 3. We’re excited to know if the next generation ZenFone will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as we speculated a few months ago.

And as for the ZenWatch, it could be called the ZenWatch 3 now because the ZenWatch 2 was announced just last June. Oh no, wait maybe a ’3′ would be too early so it could be umm, ZenWatch 2S? Oh wait, Samsung just teased the Gear S2 but maybe no again. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

VIA: PhoneArena

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