ASUS today announced the ZenFone 2 Laser’s arrival in the US after seeing some very successful sales in India. ASUS’ ZenFone line of smartphones has been met with much popularity, announcing back in early September that it received over 30,000 pre-orders. The ZenFone 2 Laser was the most popular of its lineup, receiving a whopping 10,000 pre-orders alone.
Google and Asus first partnered up for the original Nexus 7 tablet in 2012, and again with the Nexus 7 2013 the following year, with both tablets offering great specifications for an affordable price. Now it seems as if the two companies could be teaming up once more to produce a 3rd-generation Nexus 7.
Recently there was a lot of buzz about the discovery of an uncredited speaker inside the Huawei Watch, fueling speculation that Google may provide a speaker support in the new Android Wear update. Now, even the ASUS ZenWatch 2 has been found to feature an unused speaker, indicating that the speculations may not be far fetched.
If you own an ASUS ZenFone 2 and love to mess around with Android, you will be pretty pumped to hear ASUS has just made available an official bootloader unlock. If you would like to do this to your phone, be sure to first update to the latest software version (V184.108.40.206) before starting.
One of the benefits that Android fans enjoy with the operating system is the ability to customize so many parts of what is displayed on their smartphones. Launchers add several customizable options and an untold number of widgets give users the ability to get just the look they want, all without involving programming or graphic design skills. It should be no surprise then that similar capabilities are starting to expand through the Android ecosystem, like the ZenWatch FaceDesigner from ASUS that gives users the ability to design their own watch faces for ZenWatch smartwatches running Android Wear. Read more
Another Android Wear device has been made available through the Google Store. ASUS’ ZenWatch, the smartwatch that was announced way back in June, is being sold by Google for $149. The Google Store is offering the ZenWatch 2 in two sizes, each with its own color option. The 45mm size comes in Light Aqua with a rubber strap while the larger 49mm size is Navy Blue and has a leather strap.
The ZenWatch 2 features all-day battery life and is said to take sixty minutes to reach a charge of 80%. This is in addition to powering the built-in biosensor that measures a user’s activity and relaxation levels for the ZenWatch Wellness Manager app to analyze. For smartwatches with square-edge displays, ASUS definitely has one of the nicer models.
According to media reports, more people die taking selfies than from shark attacks, which is a staggering thought considering the fearsome reputation that sharks have. Thinking back, though, how often have you lost sight of your surroundings in the search for the perfect selfie? Whether you are leaning over a bannister, stepping backwards without looking or simply sticking your head out of a window, they are all decidedly risky propositions. ASUS France has published a small infographic, detailing how not to take a selfie. Of course, it’s no coincidence that the Taiwanese handset maker also sells a smartphone called the ZenFone Selfie.
Today, Microsoft and ASUS expand on their joint patent deal. The deal is a broad cross-license covering things like “Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services.”
As one of the hottest mobile device markets around the world today, India’s government took some steps to capitalize on the interest shown by manufacturers in selling to their citizens. The “Make in India” initiative was created to encourage production of smartphones within the country rather than having them shipped there from other manufacturing plants in other countries. The project appears to be proving successful with several smartphone manufacturers announcing plans to locate production facilities in India. The latest to join the list is ASUS, in partnership with Foxconn, which announced plans to commence production of some of their Zenfone series of devices in India. Read more
Imagine being a student studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and your teacher is able to transport you to Verona, Italy, the setting for the play. While there you are able to examine up close a location like a centuries-old building known as “Juliet’s House” which is home to the supposed inspiration for the Capulet family. Such a field trip would be cost prohibitive for most classes and a logistics nightmare, but virtual reality can get students close. Although it is not yet to the level of stepping onto a holodeck, Google is helping make this happen through a program to provide their virtual field trip system called Expeditions that uses Cardboard free to schools. Read more