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Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Posted by Kellex February - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.


An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates. 

Cheers Ryan, Kevin, Travis, Jeff, Cody, Tim, Dominik, and everyone else!

Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Asus Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM becomes available to pre-order for $440

Posted by wicked February - 19 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Ever since the Asus Zenfone 2 was announced in Las Vegas last month, we’ve been waiting for news of its availability and pricing. One reason for the excitement has been that that the Zenfone 2, or at least one variant anyway, is one of the very first smartphones to boast 4GB of RAM. And now it’s available to pre-order via AliExpress for $440.

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As alluded to above, the Zenfone 2 comes in two variants, with the lower model sporting a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 Quad-Core processor running at 1.8GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. The higher-powered model uses the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core CPU, running at 2.3GHz and backed up with 4GB of RAM. Apart from those differences, both models share the same hardware:

  • Android Lollipop with brand new Asus Zen UI.
  • MicroSD card support, up to 64GB.
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage.
  • 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display (443ppi).
  • Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
  • 5MP Front-facing camera,f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 85-degree lens.
  • 13MP Rear-facing camera,f/2.0-aperture, auto-focus with Dual-colour flash and Zero shutter lag
  • Dual Micro-SIM support
  • GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS
  • 3,000mAh battery, fast-charging technology
  • 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm (thinnest point of 3.9mm)
  • Weighs 170 grams

The 2GB model is available to pre-order on AliExpress for $299.90, a bit more expensive than Asus’ previously announced price of $200. The 4GB model Zenfone 2 has a pre-order price of $439.90. Both the 2GB/4GB models up for pre-order have 64GB of internal storage, and they are available in Ceramic White/Osmium Black/Glamor Red/Glacier Gray/Sheer Gold colours. As yet, there is no firm date on shipping.

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Via: PhoneArena
Source: AliExpress

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Asus reboots its big Fonepad 7 smartphone

Posted by Tom February - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Asus has rejigged and relaunched the Fonepad 7 under the FE375CL product name.

The new Fonepad 7 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with Asus’ ZenUI.

The 7-inch display runs at 800 x 1200 pixels and the phone measures 7.6″ x 4.3″ and is 0.4-inches thick.

It comes with 2GB of RAM and has the option of 8GB or 16GB storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD.

A quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 processor clocked at 1.3GHz powers the Fonepad 7 and it supports 2G, 3G and 4G LTE, as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

The rear camera is 5MP and the front-facer’s 2MP.

The Fonepad 7 will launch in Taiwan first and will cost $250.

Via liliputing

ASUS rolls out new Fonepad 7 with Android Lollipop

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

ASUS recently introduced a new Fonepad 7. The phablet with model number FE375CL runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box so this means no need to upgrade from KitKat. This year’s FonePad 7 is the first Lollipop-powered device from the Taiwanese manufacturer. This version looks very similar to the previous model but of course, specs have been improved. There’s the 7-inch LED Backlight WXGA IPS screen panel, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 1.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

The new ASUS Fonepad 7 also sports a 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB of built-in memory, 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space, microSD card slot, 3G and 4G/LTE connectivity aside from the standard WiFi and Bluetooth. The phone tablet boasts an anti-fingerprint coating and 10 finger multi-touch support for an enhanced and more responsive touchscreen experience.

No word on battery capacity but according to ASUS, battery life can run up to a maximum of 12 hours. Fonepad 7 FE375CL measures 108.9 x 194.3 x 9.8 mm and weighs only 299 grams.

To make things better, ASUS is throwing in an additional 11GB on web storage space for the first year . Expect the Fonepad 7 to be available in Taiwan first with a $250 price tag. No mention if other countries will receive the unit but phone is listed on Asus’ global site so it should be available soon.

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SOURCE: ASUS

ASUS refreshes their tablet/phone hybrid lineup with the Fonepad 7

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

asus fonepad 7ASUS has announced a refresh in their massive Fonepad line with the Fonepad 7. The device features some decent upgrades over previous models, plus Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box.

The 7-inch, 1280 x 800 tablet sports a Intel processor under the hood, keeping up the trend with the Fonepad lineup. You’ll also find 2 GB of RAM, up to 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. The Fonepad 7 supports 7 LTE bands for a wide range of wireless compatibility, and the speakers are located on the front of the device, which is a nice touch.

The tablet/phone hybrid won’t blow you out of the water, but since it’s going to retail for around $250, it’s not a bad deal. It might not be for everyone, but ASUS has had some decent success with their Fonepad line, so don’t expect it to disappear anytime soon.

source: ASUS

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Previously unreleased ASUS ZenFone 2 leaked to media

Posted by wicked February - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We are getting rumors about a new mid-tier phone from ASUS, confusingly dubbed as another ZenFone 2. This is apparently a different model than the one launched at CES 2015 recently. This new phone is still under the covers, ASUS hasn’t officially announced it yet, but we are getting a first look at this new phone, complete with a reported spec list that looks just about right for a sub-USD$200 phone.

The ASUS “ZenFone 2″ will reportedly come out in two variants – a 5-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. That, as far as we know, will be the breadth of the difference between the two variants, just the screen size. Every other spec in the phones will be the same.

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Under the hood, there will be reportedly another Intel Atom processor – this time the Intel Atom Z3560 processor. This is consistent with ASUS’s partnership with Intel as the main provider for their processor needs. The Z3560 is a quad-core processor at 1.8Ghz, just a tad less powerful than the Z3580 that powers the ASUS ZenFone 2 that was launched in Las Vegas. This will be supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The display will be HD 720p.

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The pricing is rumored to be at around USD$199, right at the limit of the mid-tier range. Judging from the ZenFone line of ASUS, this device looks to be very usable indeed. There probably won’t be any surprises in the performance, but that is expected at this level.

VIA: RBMen

ASUS definitely plans to release smartwatch not using Android Wear

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Back in January Asus let it be known they were working on a successor to their Zenwatch smartwatch wearable. Part of their plans include extending battery life by looking for some new chip technology and possibly an alternative operating system to Google’s Android Wear. CEO Jerry Shen revealed late last week that the company is working on a solution that does not involve Android Wear as the way to achieve longer battery life in a smartwatch, although the Zenwatch successor may still get Android Wear.

According to Shen, “we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life.” The other smartwatch he is referring to is something other than the second-generation Zenwatch which Shen says will use Android Wear. A non-Android Wear device could be announced alongside the next Zenwatch or it could be the third-generation of the device that gets the alternate operating system.

As part of their future strategy Asus is looking at a Mediatek system-on-chip that is still under development to power their forthcoming wearable devices. Combined with a new operating system, Asus hopes to squeeze seven days of life out of a single charge.

source: Focus Taiwan
via: G for Games

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A future Asus smartwatch won’t use Android Wear

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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A couple of weeks ago, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, began talking about the company’s plans for future smartwatches. Longer battery life was one of the key improvements that the company wants to make, but Asus stated that it may need to leave Android Wear behind to accomplish this. Speaking this Friday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen reaffirmed that the company will be ditching Android Wear for at least one upcoming smartwatch, in order to achieve longer battery life.

No exact hardware details were given out about the new smartwatch, but previously Shih had suggested that Asus was targeting battery life that would last seven days. Shen also let slip that the non-Android Wear smartwatch may be powered by a new MediaTek SoC, which is said to still be under-development.

“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life,” – Asus CEO Jerry Shen

Despite the talk of an Android Wear alternative, Asus stated that its second-generation ZenWatch will still make use of Google’s wearable platform.

Instead of abandoning Android Wear completely, the company appears to be planning a separate smartwatch line that will offer a longer battery life at the expense of some of Google’s platform features. Previously, Asus also announced that is has two lower cost “wristband-like” devices in the pipeline, which will focus on the health and fitness market.

Asus will introduce new ZenFone 2 models

Posted by wicked February - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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According to news out of Taiwan today, Asustek is readying new variants of the ZenFone 2. These new variants will be powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek. The reason for this diversification is Asus‘ goal to double its smartphone shipments this year and to top 17 million units by year’s end.

The lower-priced Qualcomm variant will debut sometime in the second quarter with a target for the mainstream audience. The MediaTek version will debut in India where 3G phones are popular. That version is set to debut sometime in teh second half of 2015 as a direct-successor to the Intel version.

source: Focus Taiwan
via: G for Games

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Asus equips upcoming ZenFone Zoom with HOYA lens

Posted by wicked February - 11 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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At CES 2015, Asus had a spectacular release event that introduced the world to the first smartphone running 4 GB of RAM, among other awesome features. This smartphone I’m speaking of is, of course, the ZenFone 2.

There was, however, a brief bit about a ZenFone Zoom and how it’d have a 13 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a 10 element lens. Official details from Asus have been fairly scarce on the device, so many were left wondering how all of that goodness would fit inside a thin smartphone.

Details are beginning to emerge that answer that question. It appears that Asus may be utilizing the HOYA lens to accomplish such a feat.

What is a HOYA lens, you might ask? If you go to the HOYA Corporation’s website, you’ll find specs for the lens like this handy chart:

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Originally announced back in 2013, the Japanese company’s HOYA lens is a “lens unit with 3x optical zoom and optical shake reduction that features the industry’s thinnest size of 6 mm in depth.”

It’s not said whether HOYA has made any improvements on the lens unit since then, but this should give us some idea of what to expect.

Source: HOYA via WhatsOnTech

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