The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.
The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.
source: The Inquirer
Although Chromebooks have only grabbed a small part of the laptop computer market thus far, despite much success in the education sector, the race to bring out less expensive models to entice buyers appears to be heating up for 2015. A new report from Digitimes Research indicates both Lenovo and Asustek are preparing new Chromebooks equipped with Rockchip technology to hit the market at a $149 price point.
Thus far, most Chromebooks have been priced in the $200 – $300 range, so the products from Lenovo and Asustek could set new lows for notebook devices. Both devices are expected to come with 11.6-inch screens and the Rockchip processors, but other details are not yet known. Acer is currently the biggest Chromebook producer and these new devices would be priced 25% lower than the Acer C720 that runs $199. Digitimes Research indicated that in addition to the price pressure this move will create for other Chromebook producers like Acer, it will also put pressure on Microsoft which has been modifying license costs in an effort to stave off Chromebooks’ growth in the market.
Rockchip is a “first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer” from China. They have worked with Intel on chip design and distribution. They are also a Google-certified solutions provider.
Right now, customers in the United States can pick up ASUS’ ZenWatch for $199 from the Play Store. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will leave Google’s warehouses within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you by next Monday, November 17.
ASUS has announced that its first ever Android Wear device, the Zenwatch, will launch in the United States this Sunday, November 9. The unit will initially be available to purchase exclusively at Best Buy for $199. However, it is expected to make its way onto the Play Store in the not-too-distant future.
The back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.
Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth.
ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.
The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.
We have the full presser after the break.
The ASUS ZenWatch is already up for pre-order in the UK through Expansys, but we don’t have an official word on when it will be available. The latest rumor has it pegged for sometime in November for the Taiwanese market, but more importantly, it will be very limited.
Nothing was mentioned about other regions, but with it being so limited, one has to wonder if we will see it offered in other areas until December.
The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.
The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).
According to a report published by DigiTimes this weekend, ASUS is currently in the process of developing its largest ever smartphone, a 5.5-inch Zenfone, which is expected to be unveiled at the annual CES conference in January, 2015.