A new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here. Read more
And that’s a wrap for another week in the Android world. There were some exciting stories in the spotlight this week, such as a possible $100 million fine on AT&T and Nest unveiling some exciting products to “focus on the little things, so you can focus on the things that matter.”
The Asus ZenFone 2’s bootloader can now be unlocked, which means developers can begin developing custom ROMs for Asus’ most impressive flagship yet. It’ll certainly make the device more appealing to the development community.
Last week saw reports that the takeover of struggling local rival, HTC, had been discussed internally at Asus. The chairman of Asus had even gone so far as to say that it hadn’t ruled out the possibility of such a takeover, thus causing many articles to be written about the possible takeover. In response, HTC has today released a statement to its investors saying that such a takeover is not on the cards. Read more
This week features an array of awesome events for Android. Its ecosystem is alive and well, and it’s constantly becoming a better mobile operating system with a lot of options for a lot of different personalities.
Asus is currently riding a high after announcing that its mobile division turned a profit in May, having sold over 1.5 million smartphones in the month. With the release of its aggressively priced ZenFone 2 in North America, Asus expects the trend to continue and hopes to sell around 2 million handsets in June. As is natural with companies seeing positive results, Asus has given its rivals the once over to see if it is financially viable to expand by taking over a competing company to fuel further growth. Read more
Asus was able to make it profit selling its smartphones last month, reaching 1.5 million sales. The company is expecting to sell another 2 million this month. This comes just a month after the Taiwanese-based company made the Asus ZenFone 2 available in North America, and for cheap.
ASUS has started the process of providing the Android Lollipop update to their mid-tier smartphones, including the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6. The updates will bring all of the devices up to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The ZenFone 4 update is version 7.3.3 and is available both over-the-air or as a direct download. The ZenFone 5 update is also available OTA and mirrors the update for the ZenFone 4 as well as another version of the ZenFone 5, model A500KL, which received the update back in April. Read more
Hopping into the selfie-oriented market as promised earlier this year, ASUS has announced the new ZenFone Selfie smartphone for the consumer ready for a picture of themselves. The main contrast between the ZenFone Selfie and a “normal” smartphone like the ZenFone 2 is the upgraded front-facing camera. In this case, ASUS has matched the 13 MP rear-facing camera with a 13 MP front-facing camera that comes with the same dual-tone flash as well. The rear-facing camera does get laser auto-focus, but the front-facing camera gets a wider 88-degree field of view. Read more
In Taipei at the Computex event today, ASUS has announced they are preparing an updated model in their line of Chromebox devices. The ASUS Chromebox CN62 will come with a new fifth-generation Intel processor which is an upgrade compared to the current fourth-generation chip. ASUS is also upgrading the WiFi to support 802.11ac compared to the current b/g/n support. ASUS also claims the new CN62 will idle at only 17dB and draws just 6W of power, which will be welcome news for users bothered by noisy units.
ASUS did not release any details regarding a release date, market availability or pricing.