ASUS has just started to roll out Android Marshmallow updates to the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) and this package addresses something that many users had been complaining about since launch. The ZenFone 2 Laser, in addition to all other ZenFones in the series, comes preloaded with plenty of apps that some users may find annoying. If you are not a fan of the preloaded bloatware either, you will be happy to know that this latest update will not only upgrade your phone to Android M, but will also remove most of those applications by default.
Here is a list of all the pre-installed applications which will no longer be a part of your ZenFone 2 Laser, once it has been upgraded to Android 6.0 with Build number 188.8.131.52_M3.6.44.
There will also be a few new apps installed on your ZE500KL once you perform the upgrade, but thankfully, the list is not nearly as long as the list above. Dr. Booster, Google calendar and Google Messenger are the only three new applications that you will find on your phone post upgrade. If the package has already arrived on your smartphone, here are a few things that we recommend for you to keep in mind before you go through with the download and installation.
Backup your data and move all media files to your micro-SD card.
Move all applications to your internal storage because after this update, your ZenFone 2 Laser will lose support for APP2SD.
Stay signed into your Google and ASUS accounts in order to be able to use the Multi-user feature on your smartphone.
Once you are done, let us know if you really like the bloatware free experience or would you have preferred it if the Taiwanese company left a few of the removed apps on board?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
The ASUS ZenFone AR has been confirmed at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas and it's a beast in every sense of the term. The ZenFone AR is made with virtual reality and augmented reality in mind; therefore it has built-in support for Google Tango & DayDream as expected. Apart from the insane 8 gigs of RAM, the smartphone is powered by multiple other absolute premium-end hardware specs as well.
A customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with vapour cooling system for AR and VR functionalities
5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) edge-to-edge display with a screen to body ratio of 79%
23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, continuous-focus and 4K video recording
8-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens
128GB/256GB of internal storage with hybrid nano SIM/micro-SD card slot
USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications
Everything about the Asus ZenFone AR is premium and up to date, except may be the SD 821 chipset. Make no mistake, it is still the most powerful Qualcomm chip till date, but given that the Snapdragon 835 has already been announced and it will be better than the SD 821 in both power-efficiency and performance, Asus may have missed a trick there.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Are you one of the mobile phone users who love to play video games when feeling bored? Although many people play video games on their smartphones, not many companies consider it a mainstream rend. Asus is one of a few companies that design high-end smartphones specifically for gaming. A lot of premium phones are advertised as gaming phones because of their high-powered processor, display design, and they do run games relatively well. However, the Asus ROG phone series is the best when it comes to gaming phone.
The ROG phone and ROG phone 2 were great but the company didn't focus too much on the design before, but what we have now is a relatively much better-designed version of the gamer aesthetic and slick looking phone. The front face is plain black, with two stereo speakers above and below the display, but there is also a 3.5mm audio jack. The front camera is in one corner of the screen which means you get a seamless user experience while playing video games or watching videos on the phone.
The rear side of the phone has a large centered ROG logo that lights up with different colors when Xcode is activated. A small transparent panel shows off the phone's elaborate cooling system and tiny vent to make it cool while playing games. Although, there is only one drawback of having such a glossy background. The phone slides around on most surfaces and leaves fingerprint marks on the cover. The company has used corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 3 on the rear side.
The phone is slightly heavy and not for everyone. The main reason for its weight is due to the 6,000mAh battery and cooling system. This isn't a phone for you if you prefer slim sleek designs. Asus has gone with a 6.59-inch 1080x2340 screen, and its biggest advantage is an unprecedented 144Hz refresh rate. You can buy the ROG Phone 3 starting in early August with either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 49,999, or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for Rs. 57,999. In other countries, Asus will offer a staggering 16GB / 512GB option as well.
ROG phone 3 features a 64-megapixel primary camera with a Sony sensor and f/1.8 aperture. The second camera is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle one, while the third one is a 5-megapixel macro camera. The front camera features a 24-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. The ROG Phone 3 isn't going to be an option for everyone, but if gaming is a huge passion, and if you don't mind a huge phone, you'll definitely like this one. Our full review is coming up soon, so do stay tuned.
Asus ROG phone 3 was launched the previous month in India with a single model that comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. The company is planning to launch another variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage starting from August 21. This configuration is exclusively offered via Flipkart. The phone comes with a 144Hz display refresh rate and is powered by the Snapdragon 865 + SoC. Asus took the Twitter to announce that the Asus ROG phone 3 upcoming variants will go on sale in India for the first time on August 21. The device is slightly more expensive than the existing one and will be available via Flipkart. The phone is available in a black color option alone that looks pretty rock-style for its specific audience.
The Asus ROG phone 3 runs on Android 10 with ROG UI on the top. It features a 6.59-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM. Asus has provided up to 256GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage that doesn't support expansion through a microSD card. ROG phone 3 features a triple camera system on the rear side including a 64MP as a primary camera, a 13MP secondary sensor, and a 5MP tertiary sensor with a macro lens. For selfie images, it features a 24MP sensor at the front of the camera.
The phone is powered by a massive 6,000mAh battery that also supports 30W fast charging. For Connectivity it uses 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/ A-GPS/ NavIC, USB Type-C, and a 48-pin side port. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone further offers ultrasonic sensors for the Airtrigger 3 and grip press features.
Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people's living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of this upcomng device that will be called "Google Nexus Player" shows the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.
The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The system has undergone tests on 23.7" and 31.9" displays, both of 1080p resolution.
While seeing an Intel CPU inside an Android TV set-top box is a bit unexpected, it's certainly cool to see Intel stepping up its game in the Android world. Google says Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek and Marvell chips will also get their primetime in Android TV products.
The Google Store has started carrying ASUS' ZenWatch 2, which offers the latest Android experience while starting at fairly lowprice of $149 USD.
The ZenWatch 2 looks a lot like its predecessor ZenWatch, however, it is much-improved in many ways. The device boasts a larger battery with fast charging and up to 66 hours of use in between charges, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage.
The ZenWatch 2 is also IP67-rated for dust and water-resistance like many of its rivals, but unlike most, it comes in two sizes. The Google Store is offering the 45mm option with a rubber strap in Light Aqua, and the 49mm option with a leather strap in Navy Blue.
Designed for comfort
Curved glass and a stainless steel watch casing that conforms to your wrist, with soft leather or rubber straps for all-day wear. Choose from two sizes for an ideal fit.
Wellness support for mind and body
The built-in biosensor and redesigned ZenWatch Wellness Manager app monitor your activity and relaxation levels.
Make it yours
Change up your look with a choice of over 30 exclusive watch faces, or create one of your very own. Customize the background picture, color, number style, and more.
Lasts long and charges fast
Goes all day with over 24 hours of battery life and only takes an hour to charge back up to 80%.
For specification detail, check out the link below.
Source: Google Store
The first device to run Android TV is the previously leaked Asus Nexus Player, announced today alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus Player is a set-top-box / console that you connect to your existing TV, and it even comes with an optional gamepad accessory.
Using that you'll be able to play Android games on your TV. The Nexus Player ships with a voice search capable remote in the box.
The remote lets you easily search for content by voice. Thus, to watch a movie, you only need to press a button on the remote, say the movie's name, and you should be able to see it immediately provided that it's available in Google Play. Because the Nexus Player runs Android TV, it will have access to Google's app store for Android, naturally. And content syncs across Android devices, so you can start watching a movie on your TV and finish it on your phone or tablet. This works for games too, with syncing of achievements and progress.
The Android TV home screen will show you personalized content recommendations, and the Nexus Player is Google Cast ready, so it's also got all the casting features of a Chromecast dongle built-in.
The console has a 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU inside, alongside support for 2×2 (MIMO) 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and obviously an HDMI out port to connect to your TV.
The Nexus Player will be up for pre-order in the Google Play Store on October,17th, and will become available on November 3. It will be priced at $99, while the gamepad accessory will cost $39. So the total for the whole Nexus player package is $138.
Google Nexus Player, made by Asus, is now available on retailers outside the Google Play store. Retailers inside the U.S. includes Amazon, Bets Buy, eBay and Newegg have it in-stock already.
Nexus Player runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. Newegg and Amazon are the only ones to offer the Nexus Player online. Best Buy has the device available only as an in-store pickup.
Pricing of the Nexus Player has remained the same. The gadget costs $99.99, with the optional gaming controller commanding an extra $39.99 so the total is $139.98.