ASUS to jump into Chromebook market in fourth quarter after experiencing poor Q3 numbers

Asus_ChromebookAfter seeing less-than-promising numbers in Q3 2013, ASUS will be looking to jump into the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter in an effort to gain back some of its notebook sales (which are currently sinking).

It’s a bit of a desperation move by the company, but hey— if they think it’s going to get them back to the sales numbers they were experiencing before, then all the power to them. Hopefully ASUS can bring some excitement back to the Chromebook brand, which has seemingly faltered a bit since its initial announcement. No news on how many Chromebooks the company will be creating, or on any of the specs we can expect to see.

Source: DigiTimes

Some new Nexus 7 tablet owners reporting problems with faulty touch screens

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If you bought a new Nexus 7 tablet and you aren’t having any issues with it, consider yourself lucky. First we caught wind of GPS issues plaguing early units, and now owners are reporting touch screen problems with some tablets. Unfortunately for touch screen issues, it’s not always something as simple as software like the GPS bug.

Supposedly, some tablets are experiencing unintended double taps, ghost taps, and erratic behavior on the screen, which is never something you want to see on your brand new tablet. Google has suggested users boot into safe mode to try to determine if any third-party app is causing the problems, but if that doesn’t cure it, your best bet is to contact Google directly. Returning the tablet to wherever you bought it is also an option (assuming you didn’t buy it from the Play Store) but you may end up with another tab with the same issues.

Any readers out there having Nexus 7 touch screen problems?

source: Google Product Forums

via: Phone Arena

ASUS roadmap points to smartphone devices for U.S. market

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ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market. Read more

Nexus 10 refresh to be made by ASUS not Samsung

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Well here’s some surprising news for a Friday morning. I would have bet a lot of money that Samsung would be making the Nexus 10 refresh, but apparently it’s going to be ASUS. ASUS did a fantastic job with the Nexus 7 refresh so I’m sure they will do a great job with the N10. Still, one has to wonder why Google would switch from Samsung. The Nexus 10 wasn’t the most popular tablet, but it was a darn good one with the amazing display and performance. Maybe ASUS outbid Samsung or maybe this is Google distancing themselves a little from the beast that Samsung is.

Whatever it is, we may never know, but one thing we can be sure on is that it will be available by the end of this year and priced the similarly. We can probably expect the same resolution of 2560×1600, but the processor is likely to be switched to Qualcomm. I would like to see the Snapdragon 800, but based on what is in the new Nexus 7, that might be wishful thinking.

source: Geek

New Nexus 7 likely to ship 3.5 million units this year

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According to the latest snooping in the supply chain, ASUS is on track to ship roughly 3.5 million new Nexus 7 tablets this year. At first, that might seem like a great number for the remainder of the year, but when you consider that the first generation Nexus 7 has shipped over 6 million units and the second half of the year is generally always strongest for technology sales thanks to the holidays, that 3.5 million probably isn’t as high as it should be. Part of the reason is speculated to be that the device will never be available in China because of some Google/China disagreements, as well as some pretty stiff competition in the 7-inch tablet space.

Regardless, this will probably still be a hot ticket item around Christmas in the States this year.

source: DigiTimes

Could Lenovo be the manufacturer for the next Nexus 7? LG? Samsung?

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It’s only natural that we’re already talking about the third-generation Nexus 7, only a week after the second-generation version of the device was released.

It would be fair to assume that Asus would undeniably be the manufacturer of the next Nexus 7, assuming the success of the most recent Nexus 7 outperforms the first. However, some recent reports would suggest otherwise.

A rumor leaked the other day which threw the name “LG” into the conversation for the “N7-3.” It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as the company has manufactured other Nexus devices in the past (Nexus 4), but to ditch Asus in the Nexus 7 series would be a surprise. Samsung’s name was thrown into the conversation as well, which also makes sense, considering the company is literally running the OEM market right now for Android devices.

The next bit of news is a bit more surprising— Lenovo’s name popped up as well. Numbers suggest the company is doing well overseas, but can you even name two devices Lenovo has made available to the United States, or at least has sold in high quantities? No doubt the company has done a good job in what it has tried to accomplish, but it hasn’t really extended its reach to the point where we could expect them to make the next Nexus 7.

Who would you guys like to see build the next Nexus 7 device? Would you hope Google remains loyal to Asus? Would you prefer them to move over to LG or Samsung? What about Lenovo?

Source: VR-Zone

According to benchmarks there will be a successor to the ASUS PadFone Infinity

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When ASUS first unveiled the PadFone a couple of year’s ago, I thought it was one of the coolest devices. At the same time, I didn’t think anyone would ever buy into it. I just didn’t think we would be still talking about it in 2013. Earlier this year, they followed up with the PadFone Infinity A80, which most agree was a huge improvement over the original. It appears ASUS isn’t done yet. According to AnTuTu benchmarks a new one is in the works and could be announced later this year. It’s going under the name of ASUS PadFone Infinity A86 and includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 1080p display, and Android 4.2.2.

If you want further evidence of the said device, it also cleared the National Communication Commission (NCC) in China under the codename T004. It showed compatibility for LTE/W-CDMA and GSM (GSM 900/1800MHz and W-CDMA 2100MHz).

source: Techkiddy

ASUS may be working on super thin 6mm tablet device

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According to an unconfirmed report on Hungarian tech site Tech 2, ASUS is working on a new tablet device that is only 6mm thick. If accurate, this would enable ASUS to grab the crown for thinnest tablet away from Sony and their 6.9mm thick Sony Xperia Tablet Z. For the time being, the Huawei Ascend P6 has grabbed the title of word’s thinnest smartphone, so a 6mm thick ASUS tablet would also beat that device.

Beyond the report of the device being super thin, no other details are known, like the size of the screen or what operating system the device might have. We will have to keep an eye out for any devices or announcements surfacing at IFA 2013 about a 6mm thick ASUS device.

source: Tech 2
via: PocketNow

Minor concerns over build quality of new Nexus 7

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The new Nexus 7 will surely sell like hot cakes come the (official) July 30 launch date, as it brings some great upgrades including a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4, a thinner and lighter design, it offers an 80% speed boost and 4x the graphics performance over its predecessor.

However, there could be a cause for concern as a recent picture shows that the device’s “Nexus” sticker on the back may not be inserted properly, or at least well enough to last a mere 10 minutes of use.

Although the device could have been tampered with, as the sticker most likely didn’t just “pop out,” this could be somewhat of a cause for concern for some consumers looking to purchase the tablet. Word says that not many other people that have already gotten their hands on the device are having similar issues— how about you guys?

Again, not a major cause for concern, as this was either most likely improper use/tampering, or just a rare manufacturing defect.

Source: Phone Arena

Google officially announces the new Nexus 7

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Sundar Pichai hosted a media breakfast this morning and Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s made by ASUS, and has a 7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display at 323ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging, and 9 hours of HD video playback (10 hours of web browsing).

It’s pure black on black and it’s 7.62mm thick (2mm thinner than last year’s model)  and 318 grams (50 grams lighter than the original). An LTE version will also be available. The new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3

The 16GB WiFi version and 32GB WiFi version will be available next Tuesday July 30 at many retailers for $229 and $269 respectively. The LTE will have 32GB of storage and will be priced at $349. It will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless and it will be available in the coming weeks.

You can pre-order yours now from Google Play – 16GB WiFi version / 32GB WiFi version