Chromebooks that support the Play Store on the stable channel are still few and far between. The ASUS C100PA, otherwise known as the Chromebook Flip, is one of them and for the next 15 hours or so, you can grab one for cheap on Woot!
This is a factory reconditioned unit, which Woot! specifies is a returned unit that has been inspected, brought back to factory state by the original manufacturer or a certified partner, and repackaged. According to the description, it's "as close to new as you can get without technically being new." That seems like a good place to start, plus the C100PA in this case is backed by a 90-day ASUS warranty. Read More
It's been a busy month so far for Asus, what with the launch of the myriad different phones in the ZenFone 4 family and the Project Tango equipped ZenFone AR going on sale. With the new products comes a new software skin nobody asked for, ZenUI 4.0, and one of its key features has been released as a standalone app. Read More
Page Marker was introduced by ASUS as part of ZenUI 4.0, but the app has now found its way onto the Play Store. It might be a closed beta for now as the testing enrollment page isn't open for all, or it could only be compatible with select ASUS devices (none of my devices can get it and even Corbin's two ASUS tablets don't show as compatible), but the app is listed on the Play Store and we were able to grab the APK file for sideloading.
So what exactly is Page Marker? It's kind of like a middle ground between Chrome's built-in page downloader and the full-fledged Pocket service. Read More
ASUS isn't always the best with updates. The company often releases phones with already-outdated software, like the ZenFone 3 Zoom that came with Marshmallow. In a similar vein, the ZenWatch 2 and 3 were some of the last watches to get Android Wear 2.0. But at the ZenFone 4 launch event, ASUS promised that the entire ZenFone 3 and 4 lineup would get Android O. Read More
Google has partnered with another manufacturer to produce a phone with Tango on board, for better or for worse. Stepping up to the plate this time is Asus with the ZenFone AR. The first phone ever to support both Tango and Daydream VR comes in a much, much smaller package than last year's Phab2 Pro from Lenovo, and accomplishes both things in an arguably better manner.
The ZenFone AR comes with a pretty good camera, a nice Super AMOLED screen, Nougat, and the least offensive version of ZenUI to date. Unfortunately, it's the battery life that really drags this phone down. Read More
At the end of last month, Asus said that it would be revealing a ZenFone 4 of some description on August 19th (in two days time) in the Philipines. Earlier in July, the ZenFone 4 Max was quietly launched in Russia. Fast forward to the present day, and Asus has just announced four phones: the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie/Selfie Pro, some of which were accidentally leaked by the company itself a week ago. Confused? So are we, but let's try to pick through the pertinent information. Read More
ASUS is still chugging along with its series of ZenFone devices, most recently with the AR and 3 Zoom. The first product in the ZenFone 4 lineup was quietly released in Russia last month, but it looks like four more are on the way. ASUS' online French store accidentally listed the unreleased phones, and promptly took them down - but not before they were noticed. Read More
There has only been one Tango phone up to this point, the hilariously oversized Lenovo Phab2 Pro. Now, Asus is arriving on the scene with a phone that actually looks like a phone rather than a re-badged tablet. The ZenFone AR went on sale through Verizon last night, and now it's live on Amazon as an unlocked device. For a mere $599, you can begin exploring augmented reality, which I hear is way cooler than regular reality. Read More
The first phone to be equipped with Google's Project Tango augmented-reality capabilities was the Lenovo Phab2 Pro. If you read our review, you'll know that it wasn't a good experience at all. But another Tango-powered phone is on the way, and you can order it now from Verizon. Read More
The explosion of budget phones several years ago allowed Asus to become a larger player in the smartphone market. There have been ups and downs since then, including a ZenFone 3 launch that took way too long to come to fruition. Perhaps things will be different with the ZenFone 4, which Asus is announcing on August 19th. Read More