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ASUS Nexus Player makes GFX Bench appearance, first Android TV?

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Google has announced at this year’s IO Developer’s Conference that it was working on an Android OS for smart TVs and set-top boxes which will be called Android TV. This will launch presumably side-by-side Android L, the company’s newest operating system. Recently, a device called the ASUS Nexus Player showed up at GFX Bench, giving fuel to rumors that this could be the first Android TV device.

Google has made no secret of its plans to partner ASUS in this market space, so we can be relatively confident that ASUS is indeed coming up with an Android TV device. The device itself flaunts an Intel 1.8Ghz quad-core processor supplemented by PowerVR G6430 graphics. The device also has 1GB of RAM and 6GB of storage, has WiFi connectivity and runs an operating system described as Android L.


We still don’t know what type of device it is – it shows 1080p resolutions for two screen sizes, a 23.7-inch screen and a 31.9-inch screen. While it could be two different sizes for HD LED TVs, we’re leaning more towards a set-top streaming box that supports these screen sizes via HDMI output.

As we’re anticipating Google’s big announcement for Android L soon – and Android TV by extension – we can confidently say that most of Google’s announced partners for Android TV would most likely be in late stages of designing their devices as of now. These partners include Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision for smart TVs, and Razer for set-top boxes as well. Watch this space, eh?

VIA: Liliputing

Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked September - 7 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Android folks, what a wild ride this past week has been! IFA brought us ton of new devices, and many of them are really good. With the refined Note 4, the wild Note Edge, and the semi-bizarre Gear VR, Samsung showed why it’s the number one force in mobile hardware. Sony delivered more improvements to its Xperia lineup, and we really loved the amazingly thin and light 8-inch Tablet Z3 Compact. LG and Asus came with new and intriguing smartwatch designs, HTC went 64-bit with the Desire 820, Huawei went nuts (in a good way) with the Mate 7, and Motorola finally brought its 2014 lineup to light.

It’s been a wild week at Android Authority HQ as well – looking back, we’re happy we managed to publish some great, timely content for you guys, that we hope you enjoyed. And that’s just a taste of what’s coming later this year!

Video roundup

Check out Jayce’s weekly Android news roundup!

Good designs across the board

One of the things that struck us at this year’s IFA is how good Android OEMs have become at making great looking devices. Sure this isn’t a new trend – there have been beautiful Android phones and tablets since the early days of the OS. But sometime in the past year or so, even companies who were never known for good design seem to have learned a few lessons.

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Sony deserves a shoutout for the sleek, clean look and thin form factor of its new smartphones, and of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in particular. Asus showed you can do a great looking smartwatch that isn’t round. The somehow polarizing G Watch R looks amazing, provided you’re fine with its aggressive masculinity. Samsung made subtle, but effective changes to the design of the Note 4. Motorola actually managed to make the leather Moto X look classy. And even the giant Huawei Mate 7 looks leaps and bounds better than its predecessors.

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In short, it’s a very good time to be an Android lover, and we hope that this trend will only continue.

Behind the scenes

Walking through the labyrinth that is Messe Berlin, the sprawling exhibition complex where IFA takes place, can leave you in awe. Dazzling booths, big staffs, freebies for visitors, huge launch events – tech companies are pulling all stops to make their presence count. The amount of energy and resources invested in just one product launch is simply staggering.

The same goes for us tech media. Android Authority had just two guys on the floor at IFA – Josh, doing awesome vids, and me, mostly carrying Josh’s big bag of gear ;) . But make no mistake – the entire team worked super hard to bring you the best possible coverage. Andrew, Ankit, Gary, and Edgar held the fort up against a deluge of new devices and big announcements. Darcy used his vantage point to keep everyone organized, and Derek made sure that the site can cope up with traffic spikes. Bottom line, there’s a lot of teamwork going on for every single post, and I’d like to thank each and every one of my colleagues for making it happen.

Android Authority Awards

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For each big show, we pick out the devices that we think are best in their class, and we honor them with an award. This year, we gave out eight of them:

  • Galaxy Note 4 – for the exciting improvements it brought to the series
  • Huawei Mate 7 – for proving that surprises are still possible in the mobile industry
  • Lenovo Vibe X2 – for offering a full package at an affordable price
  • Xperia Z3 Compact – for being the small flagship we’ve being waiting for
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – for its featherweight design and powerful specs
  • LG Watch R – for its premium design and excellent user experience
  • Asus Zenwatch – for its affordable price tag and stylish looks
  • HTC Desire 820 – for bringing a premium experience to the mid-range category

Coming up next

All the devices announced this week will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that makes us very happy campers. It’s one of the best seasons in living memory to be an Android enthusiast, and things will only get better with the ascend of the L release.

Looking at the other side of the fence, Apple is about to introduce its modern-sized iPhones and maybe a smartwatch. As tech geeks, we’re pretty excited. And let’s face it, Android benefits from strong competition.

Expect our first impressions, hands-on posts, feature focuses, and full reviews coming for all interesting devices of this fall.

Oh, and we’re giving away a little device called Galaxy Note 4 this week. Interested, maybe?

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

It wasn’t all about IFA this week: here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:


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ASUS launches new MeMO Pad 7 tablet

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ASUS was one of the many companies who opened IFA 2014 with announcements of new products. We’ve seen the ZenWatch earlier, ASUS’ first wearable device. Next to be introduced is another addition to the very successful MeMO Pad family of Android tablets.

The MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C) is more of an upgraded and slimmer version now at 8.3mm thick and with a new Atom Z3560 processor. This thin and lightweight tablet looks stylish in either black or gold.


Considered as a high-end tablet by ASUS, the MeMO Pad 7 impresses with a 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display, Bluetooth aptX for better audio quality, and the latest ASUS ZenUI. Making this tablet lightweight is its material made from duralumin and fiberglass. Compared to its predecessor, the new MeMO Pad 7 features rounded edges for a more comfortable grip.

Aside from the Android KitKat mobile OS, the ASUS device is preloaded with ZenUI. If you get a ZenWatch smartwatch, you can unlock the tablet by touching the two devices together.

ASUS will be releasing the tablet in three colors: Burgundy Red, Gentle Black, and Rose Champagne. WiFi-only and WiFi/LTE versions will be available complete with a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB memory, and 16GB or 32GB storage capacity.

The MeMO Pad 7 will be ready by Q4 at an unknown price but we know tablet will be released in the UK and the US.


ASUS announces their first wearable device, the ZenWatch

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The smartwatches have started their grand entrance even before IFA 2014 has officially started. ASUS announced the arrival of the ZenWatch, the Taiwanese OEM’s first smartwatch and it is in partnership with Google. It is now officially the fifth wearable on the Android Wear platform, after the Samsung Gear Live, the LG G Watch and G Watch R, and the soon to be launched Moto 360.

Aside from being a smartwatch that you can pair with your Android device that runs on 4.3 and higher, the ZenWatch is also being positioned as a “wellness manager” as it can track several of your health-related statistics. This includes number of steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, activity intensity and even relaxation level, all through your smartwatch’s 9-axis sensor and bio sensor, as well as the ASUS Wellness app.

But of course if you’re not into all that wellness statistics, the ZenWatch also has its main function, which is to make access to your smartphone’s functions more convenient. You can use the wearable to unlock your smartphone, a functionality that not all smartwatches have built in. You can also easily mute an incoming call on your phone just by covering the ZenWatch with your hand. If you are making a presentation to business colleagues or in a class, you can use your smartwatch as a remote control and also as your very own timer. If ever you’ve misplaced your phone, you can use the Tap Tap or Find My Phone feature of the ZenWatch.


ASUS’ first wearable runs on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU and uses a 2.5D curved glass with AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display and a genuine leather-stitched armband. It has 512RAM and 4GB internal storage, with Bluetooth connectivity and a micro USB for the charging port. ASUS hasn’t revealed US pricing yet, but it announced at IFA 2014 that the smartwatch will launch with a 199€ price tag, though that may very well translate to $199 here.

SOURCE: Asus (1, 2)

ASUS Refreshes MeMo Pad 7 With Intel Processor and 1080p Display

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

At IFA today, Asus took the opportunity not only to introduce the company’s first Android Wear smartwatch, but also a MeMo Pad 7 with upgraded specs.

The unveiled tablet is quite a departure from the Pad 7′s last refresh, which was at Computex in January. The processor has been switched to a 64-bit Atom chip, the display has been upgraded to 1080p, and RAM has been doubled to 2GB. The front-facing camera is now 2-megapixels, plus the new tablet is quite a bit thinner and lighter at 8.3mm thick and 269g, respectively.

The MeMo Pad 7 will debut in Burgundy Red, Champagne Gold, and Gentle Black at some point in the near future. The WiFi version (details of the LTE variant haven’t yet been announced) is expected to cost 199 euro, or roughly $260. That’s a lot more expensive than the last entrant in the Pad 7 line, but higher-end hardware doesn’t come cheap.


Via: Asus

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ASUS launches fashionable MeMO Pad 7

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

ASUS-memo-pad7-me572cJust before the announcement of the new ASUS ZenWatch, the ASUS team took a few minutes to unveil a new model in the MeMO Pad 7 line. As you can see from the photos, this little beauty is all about fashion!

The design of the new tablet focuses on color, style, thickness and weight. Available in Rose Champagne, Gentle Black and Burgundy Red, the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL and ME572C) are just 8.3 mm thick (which is thinner than many smartphones) and weighs just 269 grams. The “CL” model has built-in 4G-LTE covering a large number of frequency ranges (800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600MHz), it is also 10 grams heavier!

Both models have a 7 inch LED-backlit 1920 x 1200 IPS screen and are powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 running at 1.83 GHz. The GPU is the IMG PowerVR Series 6 – G6430. There is also 2GB of RAM . Both are available with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.


The battery is a 15Wh Li-polymer battery which should give at least 11 hours of usage. According to ASUS the battery life was measured by looping 720P video, brightness at 100nits, external microphone on, WLAN/3G on and Gmail logged in for email and updates. Which sounds like a pretty good test, so the battery life number should be close to real life usage.

Both run Android 4.4, but ASUS specifically mention that the Intel CPU is a 64-bit processor, which means that there could be a hope of an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Android L in the future, but there is no official word. On top of Android, ASUS also adds its own customizations via its ZenUI interface.

ZenUI includes ‘What’s Next’ advanced scheduling software, which helps you manage your time. It is also a feature that ASUS has put into the ZenWatch. Plus there are other added features like the “Do It Later” task list.

The price announced at IFA was 199 Euros. In the UK it is expected to retail for £179. Pricing for other regions hasn’t yet been released. It is expect that the device will start shipping in the next few weeks.

ASUS ZenWatch officially unveiled

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


As expected, ASUS took the wraps off of the the ZenWatch today. It’s An Android Wear watch that centers around security, remote control, and wellness.

Although Android Wear is the main software, ASUS does bring some of its ZenUI and a few applications to the table. Watch Unlock allows you to unlock your phone or tablet by touching the watch’s face. Tap Tap lets you pick an app that will open automatically when you double tap on the watch. You will also find a wellness manager for tracking your step count, heart rate, and relaxation levels. It even offers tips to help you achieve certain goals. Finally, there is also Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera, and Presentation Control. To use all of these features you will need a ZenWatch Manager app on your phone (or tablet) along with a Remote Camera app, and the ASUS Remote Link app.


As far as specs go, it sports a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 AMOLED display with curved Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 1.4Wh battery, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s also rated at IP55 so feel comfortable bringing it in the shower with you. The watch itself is a curved stainless-steel case with a rose-gold-colored band inset. It will use the standard 22 mm size for watch bands, and they include a stitched leather strap out of the box.

You can expect to be able to purchase the ZenWatch in late Quarter 3 or early Quarter 4. Pricing will be €199 ($260).

source: Engadget

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ASUS ZenWatch officially launched

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

asus-zenwatch1“Time has been transformed, and we have changed” is the quote that ASUS used to tease the launch of its first smartwatch. The quote from the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, goes on to say “it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.” As the smartwatch revolution continues, it is fair to say that the ASUS ZenWatch certainly does inspire.

ASUS took to the stage today at IFA 2014 to officially unveil the ASUS ZenWatch. The ZenWatch sticks to the “standard” rectangular design that we have seen in other smartwatches from Samsung and LG, however the design language is better. The watch is made primarily from stainless steel and has a slightly curved display.  The display uses AMOLED technology and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The genuine stitched-leather strap with quick-release clasp was specially designed by an Italian designer.

Mitch Yang, the vice president of the ASUS Design Center, demonstrated the new watch to an enthusiastic crowd at IFA. The new device runs Android Wear and have lots of interesting features including over 100 built-in watch faces, double-tap on the watch face to find your phone, and automatic phone unlock.


Other features include the ability to trigger a camera shot via the watch, and a heart rate monitor. The heart rate monitor is one of the fitness features of the watch, it can also monitor and track a range of health-related statistics via the ASUS Wellness app including steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, exercise intensity and relaxation level.

There are also functions for presentation controls, Google maps and so on. During the demonstration Mitch Yang also showed how you can mute an incoming call just covering the watch face with your hand.

ASUS has published an official product page for the ZenWatch. There was no official word on availability, however the price was announced at 199 Euros, which is about the same as Samsung’s and LG’s current Android Wear offerings.


ASUS Zenwatch to have voice control, cheaper price

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A few days before the actual launch of the Asus Zenwatch, the OEM has confirmed some details about the latest Android Wear smartwatch, while still keeping the public in suspense about its specifications. While the past teasers have indeed teased us about this new smartwatch on the block, Asustek confirmed that it will indeed have voice recognition and control and it is cheaper than other similar gadgets in the market.

According to Asustek CEO Jerry Shen, the Zenwatch will have English-enabled voice recognition, with the Chinese language support coming soon (it is after all a Taiwanese OEM). He also said during the media briefing that the price will definitely be priced under $199 in the US market as well as several selected regions. This can either be good news if you’re price-conscious or bad news, if you’re dreading what the specs will be with a cheaper price tag like that.

With regards to specifications of the Zenwatch, he did not elaborate on it, except to say that it will have just one size and it can be used either on its own or paired with an Android device. It will probably have 3G capabilities, just like the recently launched Samsung Gear S. The teasers they released last week about the Zenwatch only gave us glimpses into what the smartwatch would look like, with no details revealed, with just a quote from Khalil Gibran, “Time has been transformed and we have changed.”

The launch event will be on September 3, two days before the official start of the IFA 2014 in Berlin. Smartwatches are expected to dominate as tech companies and OEMs will try to outdo each other when it comes to the current wearable du jour.

VIA: Focus Taiwan

ASUS ZenWatch Launch Slated for October, Cost Less Than $199

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

ASUS has been teasing its upcoming smartwatch, the ZenWatch, for the past couple of weeks, but we should finally see it unveiled this week during IFA. Speaking with press recently, ASUS’ CEO Jerry Shen, claims the device will go on sale globally starting in October, priced somewhere below $199.

While not much is known in terms of special features, it is pretty much confirmed the watch will run Android Wear, while also utilizing the wearable OS’ voice recognition software. Beyond that, which every other Android Wear device has, the sub-$200 price could be the difference maker that ASUS hopes will motivate consumers into choosing the ZenWatch over the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. Tough task, for sure.

ASUS has an event planned during IFA on September 3, so be on the lookout for the ZenWatch unveiling.

Via: Focus Taiwan

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