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
Google’s Nexus Player console and the wireless gamepad for the Nexus Player are only $49.99 and $29.99, respectively, through Best Buy for a limited time. The Nexus Player normally retails for $99.99 and the ASUS wireless controller for $39.99, so this is a deal you don’t want to miss!
Today, the ASUS ZenFone 2 re-debuts with a higher amount of RAM. The handset, which has been applauded as one of the better unlocked devices on the market, originally launched with two models that differed in RAM and storage: 2GB of RAM / 16GB of internal storage or 4GB of RAM / 64GB of memory. The price of those models stands at $199 and $299, respectively. The new model keeps the internal storage at 16GB but raises the amount of RAM to 4GB. And the price is an affordable $229.
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Asus originally planned on launching its new Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 on September 19th, but after receiving over 30,000 pre-orders for its new line of Zenfone devices, the company is moving the release date of the Laser 5.5 up to September 8th. Read more
It wasn’t too long ago that Asustek was muted to be discussing a takeover of its struggling local rival, HTC after its own mobile division posted a profit. However, the takeover rumour was strongly refuted by HTC shortly after becoming public news. Today, we have Acer’s CEO, Jason Chen, shooting down talk of a merger between itself and Asustek, stating that the joining of the two companies would violate Taiwan’s Fair Trade laws.
ASUS has announced pricing for their new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch and for those looking to get a smartwatch without dropping a lot of coin, the ZenWatch 2 may be a good option. The different versions of the ZenWatch 2 are slated to be available on retail shelves starting in October. When they arrive, the larger 49mm model will run €149 ($170 USD) while the smaller 45mm version will cost €169 ($190 USD).
The ZenWatch 2 will come equipped with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM and a 320 x 320 AMOLED display.
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