Google IO 2016 Coverage

ASUS launches the ZenFone Max in India through Amazon and Flipkart


Following its unveiling back in August 2015, ASUS has today launched the mid-range ZenFone Max in India. The handset is available to purchase through independent online retailers Flipkart and Amazon in both black and white colorways for INR 9,999 ($150). Units are expected to leave the warehouse within 24-hours of orders being placed — so if you purchase one today, you should have it in your hands by Monday, January 18.

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New hardware partners announced for Google’s Project Brillo


At CES 2016, as in years past, there have been a variety of home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) devices on display for the crowds to check out. Despite interest from so many companies hoping to convince you to spend a little extra on appliances and such so they can communicate on the network, consumers still face a dizzying array of fragmented protocols and standards. Google hopes to bring some order to things by getting a version of their Android operating system, called Project Brillo, adopted by these manufacturers. Five new companies have joined the list of manufacturers supporting Project Brillo and the related programming language Weave with their devices. Read more

ASUS launches the ZenWatch 2 in India starting at ₹11,999 for the base model


ASUS has just launched the latest version of its smartwatch in India. The ZenWatch 2 is available exclusively from Flipkart in two different colorways — one anodized in silver with a standard rubber band, and the other in gunmetal black and silver with a leather strap. The former will set you back ₹11,999 ($180), whilst the later will carry a pricetag of ₹14,999 ($225).

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ASUS will launch the ZenFone Zoom in February for $399



If you cast your mind back a year, you may recall that ASUS teased a camera-phone hybrid not dissimilar in appearance to the Nokia 1020. However, following its brief 24-hours in the spotlight, the device completely disappeared off the face of the earth.

Now the Taiwanese company has disclosed a little more information about the handset. It’s been confirmed that it is, in fact, called the ZenFone Zoom and will be available in the United States in early February starting at $399.

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ASUS teams up with AdBlock to block adverts on future smartphones and tablets


The Internet’s largest advertisement blocking service, AdBlock has announced that it has teamed up with ASUS in order to block adverts on all of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s future smartphones and tablets. The ads will only be restricted by default in the standard Android browser, which means they will still appear in third-party applications, like Chrome and Firefox.

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