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Toyota Connecting Car with a Nexus 7 Dock

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Toyota_Intelligence_System_ConnectedNexus7Connected cars have been on everyone’s minds of late, but one problem keeps arising when considering merging mobile tech with your vehicle: upgrading. You may get a new tablet or phone every year or so, but a car? Maybe once or twice a decade. However, fear not, for Unimax has an answer.

Unimax, a subsidiary of Asus has teamed up with Toyota to create the Toyota Intelligent System (TIS). Using a Nexus 7 2013 mounted on the dashoard loaded with specific software, the TIS has everything you need to navigate. The navigation system connects to 4G and offers multimedia control, cloud computing, and voice recognition. Traffic reports, emergency services, Google maps, voice search, calendar, and more will be right at your fingertips. For added convenience, you can point at a location on the tablet and be directed there. On top of all of these features, the dock also wirelessly charges your tablet and pairs up with it using NFC for seamless connection.

The best thing about this project is its future-proofing. The Nexus 7 2013  just passed its first birthday recently, and while that’s hardly ancient in the world of vehicles and humans, it makes the Nexus 7 old news. With the next Nexus tablet’s release rapidly approaching, the fact that replacing the tablet with a new one with the same software is what will keep this idea alive.

As of right now, Toyota has not announced which models will feature TIS or if it will even be available in the U.S., but if you’re hoping your next Camry or Prius comes with a fresh dose of the future, leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: Mobile Geeks

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ASUS teases Android Wear smartwatch unveil at IFA

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Around two months ago, rumours of a fourth smartwatch using the Android Wear platform began circulating, and ASUS was the most likely suspect to develop it. Reports were saying that the Taiwanese OEM would be launching its own device to compete with the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the soon-to-be-out-in-the-market Moto 360. Now a tweet from ASUS seems to confirm and tease that they will indeed be launching one at next month’s IFA.

The tweet teases a watchface-like image hidden in the shadows, which most likely pertains to the launch of a new smartwatch. The image also contains a quote from author Khalil Gibran, saying “Time has been transformed and we have changed.” The tweet then says that “something #Incredible” will be happening at the #IFA2014. So unless they’re pertaining to an entirely different thing, then it’s most likely their long-rumored new toy.

Rumors have placed the smartwatch, at least in terms of prices, somewhere in the lower range of Android Wear devices, between $99 and $149. But in terms of specs, it will probably be close to the two existing ones in the market, as the platform is relatively new in the wearables industry. It will reportedly use both voice and gesture controls as well as “more natural user interfaces” as per ASUS chairman Johnny Shih.

All will be revealed in a few days time, as the graphic included in the tweet shows the date September 3 during the IFA in Berlin. The highly-anticipated Moto 360 is also expected to finally be available in the market by early September, so we’ll wait and see how the Asus smartwatch will compare to it, as well as the two other existing wearable devices on Android Wear.


ASUS starts teasing new smartwatch to be released at IFA 2014

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Earlier this summer, shortly after the first Android Wear smartwatches were released during Google I/O, ASUS was quick to let it be known that they were working on something to be released later in the year. Since then, ASUS has shared some information about some of the design factors they worked through as they appeared to be working toward releasing the smartwatch at IFA 2014. The release date rumors appear to be panning out as ASUS took to Twitter today to tease the release of their smartwatch. They promise something “Incredible” so it will be interesting to see what they produce.

source: @ASUS

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ASUS Teases Smartwatch Announcement for IFA on September 3

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With ASUS taking to Twitter and teasing an upcoming announcement with the quote, “Time has been transformed and we have changed,” first spoken by Khalil Gibran, it won’t be any surprise when the company unveils its Android Wear-powered smartwatch on September 3 at an IFA event in Berlin, Germany. 

ASUS was first announced as one of Google’s main partners for Android Wear, and since Motorola, LG, and Samsung have already shown off their ideas of what Android Wear should be, it is now ASUS’ turn.

The picture tweeted by ASUS does show a bit of an outline for a device, but definitely doesn’t give us too much detail. We can see that it will have a lighter-colored bezel, which could be a faux metal material, but more than likely plastic. ASUS has a history of producing good hardware, so we are looking forward to see what ASUS has in store for Android Wear.

It is going to be a busy September for Android Wear lovers, as LG is rumored to show off the G Watch 2, Motorola will release the Moto 360, and now ASUS will unveil their work. Busy month.

Via: @ASUS

ASUS Teases Smartwatch Announcement for IFA on September 3 is a post from: Droid Life

Asus teases smartwatch is on its way to IFA 2014

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Just last week Focus Taiwan reported that Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen had revealed to investors that the company would be outing its first smartwatch at IFA. Right on schedule, Asus has now released its first IFA teaser on Google+, proudly announcing that “something incredible is going to happen at IFA 2014″. As you can see above, it also shows the obvious outline of a smartwatch.

So what do we actually know about this smartwatch? Not a whole lot, other than it will obviously run on the Android Wear platform. We have heard several rumors suggesting that the device could also end up being priced more aggressively than existing watches and even Shen’s own comments at an investor’s conference seem to back up this sentiment, bragging that their watch “looks better than competitors’ products but comes with a relatively low price tag.”

Just how low is anyone’s guess, though we wouldn’t be too surprised if Asus aims at $150 or less, considering the current cheapest watch is just $199 (Gear Live). What do you think, if Asus can price the watch around $100 – $150 and it has a design that’s at least as good as the Gear Live and G Watch, would you be interested? Be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority, as we’ll be live at IFA when it kicks off during the first week of September to bring you all the latest news!

Asus to reportedly launch unusual-sized tablets

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With the tablet market growing and getting too crowded as OEMs launch new ones almost every quarter, it takes something a bit unusual to get people to pay attention to it. Based on listings that were reportedly seen on the GFXBench database, Taiwanese brand Asus may just be launching two new tablets that are not the usual size that we’ve gotten used to with a lot of those in the market.

The listings on the site show tablets called Asus K01E, a 9.4-inch tablet and an Asus K01B, a much bigger device at 14.2 inches. The smaller one could either be part of their MemoPad lineup or the Asus Transformer Pad family. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processors and Adreno 320 graphics, same as the 2013 Google Nexus 7 which was also designed by Asus. The specs also indicate that it has 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and has a display of 1280×800 pixels. The rear camera is at 2MP and the front-facing one is at 0.3MP, which is not really impressive for tablets.


The 14.2-inch is unusually large for a tablet so we can assume that just like the others in the Transformer Pad family, it will work with a keyboard dock so that you can turn it into a notebook. But if there is no keyboard option, then it just might also be just a really large tablet. It has the same processor and graphics card, but has slightly better specs than the K01E. It has a 1920×1200 pixel display with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera is 5MP for the main and 1.2MP for the front (we said just slightly better). Unlike the smaller model, the K01B has ambient light sensor so that the brightness can adjust automatically.


There is still no confirmation whether these tablets are real. But we’ll probably find out by the first week of September during the IFA in Berlin and if there is more to these Android tablets than what is shown in their spec sheets.

VIA: Liliputing

ASUS to Possibly Launch Android Wear Device at IFA

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who held an investors conference on Tuesday, a new Android Wear device may be debuted at this year’s IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Shen mentioned to investors that once announced, ASUS will followup the smartwatch with aggressive marketing efforts, but should not expect to see great revenue returns on the device or sequel device for roughly nine months. 

The following is a quote obtained by Focus Taiwan of ASUS’ CEO, stating, “We’re dreaming big about the future of wearable devices, but the dream will not come true this year or in the first half of next year because the market demand has not picked up.” 

Google announced Android Wear with ASUS as one of their partners, as were plenty of other companies. Much like Samsung and LG’s offerings, the ASUS-made Android Wear device is reported to be priced very affordably, making it an easy choice for consumers. However, at this time, no specifications or hardware details are known.

If ASUS does indeed launch an Android Wear device at IFA in September, will you be interested if it is a cheaper, more plasticy type of watch?

Via: Focus Taiwan

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Android Wear device from ASUS to debut at IFA next month

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


When Android Wear was officially introduced at Google I/O 2014, the only known devices were the G Watch, Gear Live, and Moto 360. Actually, those are still the only known Android Wear devices. But shortly after, it was believed that ASUS was working on a September release for its own smartwatch with Google’s wearables platform. Then a report surfaced that the device would be extremely thin. The most recent bit of news we heard about ASUS’ smartwatch was that the company is setting high expectations for it. A report out today claims that the company will indeed be readying a launch for early this fall with a debut coming at IFA 2014 next month.

So in less than a month, we should know much more about what ASUS and Motorola have in store for Android Wear.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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ASUS PadFone Infinity, Fonepad Note 6 get their Android 4.4 due

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Better late than never, we always say, so we welcome with open arms the very late arrival of the promised Android 4.4 update for the ASUS PadFone Infinity A80, as well as its descent on ASUS’ stylus-wielding Fonepad Note 6. But while the update of last year’s devices to the latest Android version is definitely a good thing, ASUS‘ update methods might make some wonder if they’re really worth the trouble.

When the PadFone 2 got its promised KitKat update on schedule last June, it revealed a rather irksome quirk to ASUS’ procedure. While most manufacturers have embraced Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) methods, this particular device requires the assistance of a PC software to update. But worse than that, it was noted that the update will wipe the device clean, forcing users to start from scratch, at least without a properly made backup.

Unfortunately, that is also the case here with the older PadFone Infinity, model number A80. Users will have to manually download the new firmware and follow ASUS’ update procedures to a T. And yes, it will reset the device, so users are advised to create a backup beforehand. But even more than that, this upgrade will also remove previously pre-installed apps from the device, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how users have grown habits around those apps. Some apps like Watch Calendar, ASUS Sync, Birthday Reminder, Device Tracker, and more are listed to be removed while some like ASUS Studio and ASUS To-Do are simply renamed.

The update for the Fonepad Note 6 is presumably less involved, though the lack of instructions or notes don’t really inspire confidence. Users still have the option of downloading the new firmware, but ASUS doesn’t mention whether a FOTA method is available or whether it will result in a total wipe. The update, aside from bumping the Android version from Jelly Bean to KitKat, will also introduce ASUS’ new ZenUI to the device. It will also remove some apps that either no longer work on Android 4.4 or are supplanted by native Android functionality. If you own any, or both, of these devices, hit the source links below for the update announcements and links.

SOURCE: ASUS (1), (2)

Android x86 releases stable version of 4.4 for your PC

Posted by wicked August - 11 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

There are a few ways to run Android on your PC that probably has an Intel or an AMD processor, but one of the most popular and worthwhile would be doing it with Android x86. This is a software that runs back to Android’s Linux roots, allowing it to be installed as an operating system for your PC. They have just recently released a stable version based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and all of you aficionados would probably want to check it out.

What is Android x86? Well, it is an unofficial port of Android – which is really a mobile operating system to run on devices powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors, rather than the usual ARM processors. The results have been pretty encouraging, especially pairing the ported OS with netbooks and ultra-mobile PCs like the ASUS Eee PC.

The new features of this latest stable release, apart from being based on KitKat, includes support for HD and full HD video playback in apps. This is done using codecs and plugins from ffmpeg and stagefright plugins. There is also new OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for devices with Intel or AMD Radeon graphics. Lastly, a KitKat-style app launcher is now employed, which is really the Trebuchet launcher developed by CyanogenMod.


Installation is actually easy. If you’ve installed Linux or Ubuntu on a PC before, then you should be right at home with Android x86. You can download the open source installer from the source link, and make sure to pick the one that says Android x86 4.4-r1.

SOURCE: Android x86

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