Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.

An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates.  (more…)

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Deal: Unlocked ASUS Padfone X With Tablet Dock for $199 (Updated)

Update:  Deal over.

ASUS’ Padfone line is a concept that I wish saw more success or acceptance in the US. A high-end phone that docks into a tablet shell to make an on-demand tablet? What’s not to like? Unfortunately, late or non-arrivals of the Padfone line have left it all but a lost cause here in the States, even if it did have promise.

With that said, the Padfone X, which is the latest high-end version built specifically for AT&T, can be had today from eBay for $199, which includes the tablet dock. The original product retailed around $549, so calling this a steal is a bit of an understatement.  (more…)

ASUS Announce the Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom at CES

ASUS just wrapped up its press conference at CES, with two new phones for us to talk about. To kick it off, the company announced the followup to last year’s Zenfone, appropriately named, the Zenfone 2. The device, in terms of specs, is better in almost every way than what we saw last year, featuring a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM.  (more…)

Live: ASUS’ CES 2015 Press Event!

ASUS is up next at the official press day of the 2015 CES. Well, they host their own satellite event, so it may not be an official event, yet it’s somehow included. Anyways, we will be there on hand, but it looks like they are planning to live stream the happenings, just like they did last year.

Will we get new Zenfones? What kind of camera tricks does ASUS have up their sleeves? Will any of it arrive in the US? I guess we will find out soon enough.

The event kicks off at 11AM Pacific (2PM Eastern). Once they post a live stream, we will add it below. (more…)

ASUS Brings Back Morse Code, Teases CES ‘Optical Zoom’ Announcement

We are only two days away from the kick off of CES, where many companies will highlight products that they intend to make available over the course of 2015. One smartphone company which still makes announcements at CES is ASUS, and this morning, they posted a new teaser to their YouTube page.

In the brief teaser, Morse code is deployed, with ASUS asking viewers to solve the message. Since then, the message has been cracked, spelling out, “Optical Zoom.”  (more…)

CES 2015 Starts Sunday: A Quick Preview

CES 2015 starts on Sunday. Seems a little crazy that it’s back already, I know, but that’s what we get during the second week of every new year – a trip to Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we are headed into the desert once again to see what major electronics manufacturers have in store, even if there is very little focus on mobile or Android these days. The show is still a big enough deal that we need to at least show up to find out.

Keep in mind that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t what it was four or five years ago. There was a time that it was a really big deal for mobile enthusiasts. It once was a show where new flagship phones were announced from all of the big players, but those show up less and less anymore. Now, we typically get one from Sony, maybe another from LG, and that’s about it. There are wearables and tablets galore, most of which are terrible products from companies you have never heard of that you would never buy, but they have their moment in the news cycle.

Media outlets put up big stages, try to tell you that this week is going to be “Huge!” and that you must tune into their ridiculously over-the-top coverage because it will be the best CES yet, but they are lying. CES is mostly boring these days. Well, unless you like TVs and the technology that goes into cars. Yes, TVs and automobiles now dominate CES.  (more…)