ASUS ZenWatch 3 Launches Next Month, Priced at $229

The ZenWatch 3, which may be the only anticipated Android Wear smartwatch release for the end of 2016, launches next month in November. This watch was unveiled in late August, but at the time, ASUS stated it would launch in October. Apparently, that is no longer the case.

The ZenWatch 3 will cost only $229, which is quite the bargain when stacked against comparable smartwatches.  (more…)

ASUS ZenPad Z10 Features a 9.7″ 2K Display, Only at Verizon for $329

A new ASUS tablet is available exclusively at Verizon starting today, the ZenPad Z10. Featuring an extremely thin body (0.28″), coupled with a large 9.7-inch “2K” display (2048 x 1536), the ZenPad Z10 is a nice looking tablet.

Complete with radios capable of connecting to Verizon’s LTE-A network, users can hopefully breeze through their work thanks to a Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Additional specs include 32GB of built-in storage, USB Type-C, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (5MP on front), 7,800mAh battery, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, and Android 6.0.1 “Marshmallow.” (more…)

DEAL: 200GB SD Card for $60 ($18 Off), Asus OnHub Router for $130 ($70 Off)

Amazon has a couple of share-worthy deals for us to feast upon this afternoon. One is for a SanDisk 200GB microSD card at just $59.99. This card was at one time a couple of hundred dollars, but has since settled into a zone right around $80. At $59.99, you are saving almost $20 and getting all of the storage your current phone can handle.

If you don’t need storage for a phone, but would like a smarter WiFi setup at home, you may want to take a look at the Asus OnHub router that Amazon has priced at $129.99. That’s a solid $70 discount over the full retail price. Not familiar with OnHub? This is the brand of routers that Google is pushing, that are controlled through an Android app, and that are starting to do smart things, like work with IFTTT to automate your house. I tested one for months and loved the damn thing.

Both deals are ending soon.

Amazon Links:  SanDisk 200GB microSD ($59.99) | Asus Onhub Router ($129.99

ASUS Announces Its Round and “Luxurious” ZenWatch 3

IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.

As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.” Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one.  (more…)

Rounded ZenWatch 3 Strolls Through FCC Ahead of IFA

The ZenWatch 3, likely to be unveiled at this year’s IFA in early September, has been unintentionally announced via a FCC filing. As you can see from the sketch above that was located in the filing, the ZenWatch 3 might come with a very different design than previous ZenWatch models, featuring a rounded display this year. Each previous ZenWatch featured a squared display with rather large bezels, and if ASUS does indeed announced a round model, the company has officially piqued my interest.  (more…)

Video: First Look at Android Apps on Chromebooks

As we noted this morning, Chrome OS 53 is rolling out to Chromebooks, bringing with it Google Play and Android apps. Three devices are scheduled to receive that access this month and the ASUS Chromebook Flip just so happens to be the first to go live. Since we have one in house, it’s only fitting that we take it for a spin to show you just how this whole Android-on-a-Chromebook thing is going to work.

Keep in mind that this is Chrome OS 53 in the developer channel and it is running on the Chromebook Flip, which isn’t exactly the most powerful of computers (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Rockchip 3288-C). What I’m trying to say is that there will be bugs and slowness – lots of both. Not only that, but things aren’t going to be the smoothest or quickest just yet, since this is the first release and all. Still, this is pretty cool stuff.

In the video below, you’ll see how to get setup with Google Play on your supported Chromebook and take a tour of the store, install an app or two, and then enter a quick walk-through of apps and games up and running on the device.

Enjoy!  (more…)

Chrome OS 53 Starts Rolling Out, Brings Google Play and Android Apps With It

Back at Google I/O, as Google was announcing to press that Android apps and Google Play were soon coming to Chromebooks, they told us to expect the first dev builds of Chrome OS with support for the new feature during the month of June. Here we are in June and 53 has arrived with Android app support. Well, so far, only on one of the three devices scheduled to receive early support.

Last night, just as Team USA was dispatching Ecuador and LeBron was pummeling the Dubs, our Chromebook Pixel (2015) and ASUS Chromebook Flip both saw the update to Chrome OS 53. Unfortunately for me, the Pixel (2015) does not yet get Google Play. However, the Flip has it!  (more…)