Posts Tagged ‘Asus’
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
The Android Wear smartwatch OS reached version 5.0 this December, with the new version bringing the first official support for custom watch faces. Google have even opened a new section of the Google Play store for them. There are 31 watch faces to choose from – and we’ve downloaded and tried them all, so you don’t have to! Here are our recommendations, suitable for both round and square smartwatches.
Our first watch face is actually four, called Albumen, Episode, Next and Runway. Each one offers interesting glanceable information. Albumen represents busy periods in the next 12 hours as abstract blobs, Episode shows current and upcoming weather, Next shows your next calendar appointment and Runway is a 12-hour weather forecast. All four faces are reasonably stylish, and the face is worth an install.
Next up is the PAC-MAN watch face. It’s a bit expensive for a single face, but you do get a properly animated PAC-MAN who roams the perimeter of your watch, eating power-pellets and chasing ghosts. You may need to install the StayLit Wear app, which keeps your display on for longer, for the full effect.
If you’re a fan of the Despicable Me movies, then this watch face featuring the minions will be just up your street. You get the time in the upper right corner, with various minions showing up and causing mischief over the course of the day.
The Un Petit Monde watch face is a nice artsy watch face, which shows a hand-drawn time readout above a time-lapse of a travel-inspired scene. It’s simple, but effective.
There are few wordy watch faces, but there’s one in this pack from Behance. Other options include more traditional analogue designs and some cool novel ones. The combination of five minimal watch faces and backed with nice artwork is a strong one
The least pronounceable watch face is also one of the most stylish. BCBGMAXAZRIA shows the time in a small circle that moves throughout the day, surrounded by a glitzy series of concentric circles in nine selectable colours.
As the name suggests, Muzei is not just a watch face; it’s also a wallpaper app from your phone. You can choose between ‘featured art’ (a new painting every day), your photos or images from 500px (with the 500 Firepaper app installed). Once chosen, your wallpaper will be reflected on your watch.
This futuristic watch is often cited as the pick of the bunch, offering a traditional analogue design cloaked in modern colours and with a few added functions. You’ll see a battery indicator for both phone and watch, a weather forecast and a date indicator. It’s all done in a fairly streamlined fashion, treading just on the right side of cluttered.
ustwo return with another large – and free! – collection of watch faces. There are 12 in all, including two of my favourites, ‘Air’ and ‘Invert’. These oft-customisable watches each execute well on a single simple idea, and there’s sure to be at least one to catch your fancy. You should take advantage of the new Wear 5.0 ability to hide watch faces though, lest you be flooded with unwanted additions.
Without question, the finest watch face available for Android Wear 5.0 is Speeds Pro. The face offers a cool 60s American diner feel, with well chosen typography and an iconic sense of style. The app is also highly customisable, with a phone/battery metre on the left, a date/day indicator on the right, and a dial at the bottom. This dial can be a static design element, a working speedometer, a step counter and a lot more. It’s a beautifully constructed package that is well worth buying.
We hope you’ve found this breakdown helpful! Be sure to contribute your own favourite Android Wear watch faces, and let us know what you thought of the selection in the comments below.
Tags: Android Wear 5.0, Asus, G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, lg, Moto 360, samsung, smartwatch, ZenWatch,
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
ASUS have just announced their first smartwatch: the ZenWatch, running Google’s Android Wear OS.
The ZenWatch has a square face with a 320×320 pixel AMOLED display, set in a curved stainless steel frame with IP55 water resistance. The display isn’t curved, but the Gorilla Glass 3 above it is. The steel colour is complemented by a rose-gold-coloured trim around the perimeter of the watch and a genuine leather band with fine stitching. You can also replace the strap with your own 22mm strap.
Internally, the ZenWatch is equipped similarly to other Android Wear smartwatches like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. That includes a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, Bluetooth and connectivity options.
Where the ZenWatch sets itself apart is in its feature set and style. Elements of ASUS’ ZenUI have made an appearance on the watch, with over a hundred new watch faces included.
The ZenWatch also includes Watch Unlock (unlock your phone by tapping your watch), Tap Tap (toggle functions by double-tapping the watch) and Cover To Mute (cover your watch to mute your phone). Additional apps like Remote Camera, Find My Phone, Presentation Control and Wellness Manager are also included on-board, making for a more comprehensive loadout than other Android Wear smartwatches on the market.
The ZenWatch will be available by late Autumn this year for around €199. To see more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below:
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
The ASUS Miracast Dongle is the easiest way to mirror what’s happening on your smartphone or tablet onto your HDTV, in real time. You can use it to watch movies, play games and listen to music quickly and easily, without needing a Smart TV or even to connect up wires from your device to your TV.
Setting up the Miracast Dongle is simple. Just plug the dongle’s USB adapter into a power source (either a powered USB port or an AC adapter), then plug the dongle into your TV’s HDMI port. Then, all you need to do is log onto your wireless network with your device, and follow the instructions that will appear on-screen.
Once you’ve set up the Dongle, you just need to turn on mirroring, and anything you see on your smartphone or tablet’s screen will be shown on your connected HDTV. So you can queue up a video on Netflix, play your favourite mobile game or surf the web. Everything will be transmitted to your TV in gorgeous 1080p Full HD, with minimal input lag thanks to the 802.11 N wireless link.
If you’re sick of straining your eyes or holding a tiny screen up to your face, then this will be absolute heaven. Videos look noticeably better and games are much more immersive as well.
The Dongle is portable too. It weighs just 35 grams, and can easily be slipped into a pocket or bag. That means you can use it with the projector at the office, the TV in your hotel suite or just the monitor at your desk. Wherever you are, it’s easy to kick back and relax with your favourite content on the biggest screen in the room.
The ASUS Miracast Dongle works with a wide range of smartphones and tablets, too. It’s compatible with Android devices running version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and up, Windows devices running Windows 8.1 (a free upgrade to Windows 8) and BlackBerry devices running system software 10.2 and above.
The Dongle is in stock now, and you can see more details via the product page below:
ASUS Miracast Dongle
Friday, August 9th, 2013
The new Nexus 7 is coming. Whether you call it (awkwardly) the Nexus 7 2, the Nexus 7 (2013) or just the second generation Nexus 7, it’s set to arrive in the UK later this month – August 28th. In order to prepare for its arrival, I’ve prepared a top 5 list of the coolest and most useful chargers for the device. As well as getting power into your Nexus 7, a lot of these accessories also have some tricks up their sleeves. Check ‘em out!
5. Mu Foldable USB Mains Charger Adapter
The original Nexus 7 came with a rather large Asus-made AC adapter in the UK, and the same is true of the new model. If you want something a little more portable, then check out the Mu Foldable Adapter – it somehow collapses the massive UK plug into something pocketable, a feat that’s well worth the price of admission.
4. Scosche Solbat II Solar Powered Battery Pack
If you need to charge your Nexus 7 (2013) when you’re out in the wilds, then there’s only one option: solar power. This Scosche charger is just that, offering a small amount of free energy as long as the sun is up. While you won’t be able to necessarily capture enough energy quickly enough to charge the tablet faster than it’s used, if you keep it in the sun for a few hours you’ll at least have some battery left for the night. A small investment that makes a big difference. Of course, the charger also works with phones and other USB devices.
3. Gear4 PG794 Dual USB Car Charger
Changing gears now (haha), let’s have a look at the best solution for charging your new Nexus 7 in your car. The Gear4 Dual USB Charger is a good shout, offering two USB ports and a total of 3.1 Amps of charge. That means you can charge a tablet or recent smartphone at full speed in the 2.1A socket, and another phone or smaller accessory at 1A in the other. A great pick that’s perfect for road trips or regular commutes.
2. Kit: High Power 10,400 mAh Dual USB Charger
Sometimes it’s good to have some battery power in reserve. This Kit: High Power external battery pack is a bit large to carry in your pocket, but contains a fantastic amount of energy: 10,400 mAh to be precise. That’s enough to charge your Nexus 7 fully twice before a recharge, and there’s even two USB ports so you could be charging a phone at the same time. A must-have emergency item for keeping in your car, in your suitcase or at a festival.
1. Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter
OK, this one is a bit of a cheat, but hear me out. The Analogix SlimPort lets you connect your new Nexus 7 to an HDTV, projector or monitor. It’ll completely mirror your screen, allowing you to watch videos, surf the web or play games on the biggest screen you have. As well as doing mirroring (in Full HD, 3D and surround sound), the adapter can also plug into a charger to provide power during the whole process. A great Nexus 7 2 accessory that really adds a whole new dimension to the tablet.
So there we have it. I hope you found the article interesting! Thanks for the read and be sure to let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments below.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Better late than never right? The Google Nexus Charging Orb is finally available in the UK. The Charging Orb is probably the nicest wireless charger that’s been released so far, but it’s taken some time between the initial announcement with the debut of the Nexus 4, and its actual availability in the UK this month.
This elegant wireless charger supports the Qi standard, making it ideal for the Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7. It can also be used with a wide range of devices that either come with Qi wireless charging built in (like Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phones) or have wireless charging accessories available (like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4).
The wireless charger provides 1A of power just by touching your Qi-compatible smartphone to the sloped stand, ensuring rapid charging. There are no wires between the phone and the charger, so you’re able to easily pick up the phone whenever you need to take a phone call, use an app or leave the room. Without the hassle of plugging and unplugging, you’ll be free to use your phone or tablet whenever you need it, without the risk of forgetting to plug it back in when you’re done. Of course, the Charging Orb also has some great safety features – it’ll automatically stop charging when your phone is fully charged.
The Nexus Charging Orb is a great first-party accessory for the Nexus 4 and now for the new Nexus 7, so if you’re still on the hunt for a quality wireless charger then it should be at the top of your list. We wish it was here earlier, but just think of it as just in time for the Nexus 7 2!
Are you still interested in the Nexus Charging Orb – maybe as the perfect charger for the new Nexus 7 2? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for reading the article and have a great afternoon!