Asus Now Pushing Out Android 4.3 Update to Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T

Nov 18, 2013 - 1:53 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Asus has been busy working on Android 4.3 for the newest Transformer Pad Infinity. The TF701T just launched at the end of October, but Asus is already pushing out the OTA update of Android 4.3 to the device.

Just a few days ago we shared that Asus was going to start sending out the update on November 18th and they were true to their word. The update includes all of the following:
  • Standard Android 4.3 functions
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved trackpad responsiveness (in dock)
  • Improved dock battery charging

In that story from last week Frederuco reported that some users where already getting the update. Sound off if you are one of those lucky few who got it then or now.

Picture Source: AndroidPolice
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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T to Get Android 4.3 Update on November 18th

Nov 14, 2013 - 12:04 PM - by dgstorm

Christmas will be a little early this year for owners of the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T. The new flagship tablet from Asus will be receiving its Android 4.3 update on November 18th, according to recent reports. Supposedly the new Android 4.3 update brings a bit more to the tablet than just the usual Android goodies. Here's a summary,
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved dock battery charging
  • Improved trackpad responsiveness (in dock).

Of course, it would be really amazing if the tablet would get the Android 4.4 KitKat update soon, but that might take a few months. We will keep you updated and let you know when that finally happens. For those who don't already have this device, here's a quick spec recap on this $449 USD tablet:
  • 10-Inch 2560 x 1600 pixels Super IPS+ display
  • Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.9GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera

Source: UnWiredView
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New Asus Transformer Book Trio ad Shows Android is for Fun & Windows is for Work

Nov 07, 2013 - 1:49 PM - by dgstorm

We aren't sure if we can fully agree with the point made in Asus' new Transformer Book Trio ad, but it is entertaining. The video above is for Asus' new hybrid product, which combines a removable Android based touch-screen tablet, with a Windows-endowed base unit. It can even be attached to a full sized monitor through HDMI converting it into a desktop PC. It is designed as the ultimate hybrid device for people on the go. The commercial implies that the Android side of things is for fun, but the Windows side of things is all business. Here's a rundown of some of its specs/features:
  • Combines Windows 8 with Android.
  • The Android tablet docks with the “keyboard”. In this mode, Windows is in control and uses an Intel Core processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • When detached, Android controls the tablet using a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM.

It looks like Asus is really having fun and getting creative with the "Transformer" concept. Pretty soon we might see cars changing into giant robots and befriending teenagers! Gasp!
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Floating Augmented-Reality Touch System May Be Killer App for Google Glass Products

Nov 01, 2013 - 11:57 AM - by dgstorm

Taiwan's nonprofit Industrial Technology Research Institute is developing a product called i-Air Touch (iAT) Technology. It's basically a floating augmented-reality touch-screen system like something straight out of the movie "Minority Report" or the more recent "Iron Man" movies. If this new technology becomes a reality, it might just make Google Glass (and other products like it) the next big disruptive consumer tech gadget. As you can see in the pic above and the video below, this new technology is nothing sort of amazing. The technology basically projects a virtual touch-based interface outward and within the user's field of vision. It seems to to float in the air, yet the software can accurately measure the placement of your hands and finger so it can respond to being "touched."


This AR tech isn't just for Google Glass-style devices either. It can be used for a number of different purposes beyond just a commercial application. Here's a quote with more details,

"In addition to consumer applications, i-Air Touch is suitable for medical applications such as endoscopic surgery and any industrial applications that benefit from hands-free input," said Golden Tiao, deputy general director of ITRI's Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories in an e-mail."
The reason why this technology works is centered on how the software interacts with the custom camera. Here's another quote with a brief explanation,

According to ITRI, the secret sauce in iAT is the camera, which only activates when it detects a user's fingertip within a predetermined input distance range (roughly a foot away). In other words, it conserves battery power by only turning on when it detects that someone is trying to "air touch" the virtual input. Air touches are then sent to a host device like a laptop or smartphone that the headset is tethered to.
What's even more amazing about this technology is that it isn't decades or even years out from realization. It was officially revealed last week and is set to receive a 2013 R&D 100 Award in November. It is already available to be licensed by mobile companies or anyone else!

Source: CNET
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Massive List of Android 4.4 KitKat Features Mostly Detailed

Oct 31, 2013 - 3:56 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like the new 4.4 KitKat version is the most significant upgrade for Android in a quite some time. It includes a massive array of new features. The above video is a DevBytes teaser for a small few of the new features. Here's a quick breakdown of many more:

  • Now supports lower-end devices and can run on just 512MB of RAM.
  • It will now have a new launcher.
  • Translucent system UI styling.
  • Enhanced notification access.
  • Includes faster multi-tasking.
  • More advanced caller ID.
  • new white/gray color scheme and fonts.
  • There is a new sensor batching technology. This is meant to cut down on sensor power consumption by grouping and prioritizing requests. Google claims it is now 25% more accurate, and can ask back for clarification.
  • It will now have wireless printing functionality.
  • Includes support for IR Blasters Natively. It is limited to sending functions only for now. It can't learn or receive yet. This is probably just a feature that is in progress since it is mostly not very useful yet.
  • No has native screen recording and can output in MP4 format.
  • Now supports Moto X-style "OK Google" voice commands. For now this only will work with the Nexus 5. Supposedly this feature is hardware dependent, although Google hasn't shared what is required.
  • Bluetooth devices will now be able to control the system volume directly instead of having to adjust two different volumes.
  • There is a new lock screen which includes a camera shortcut. You can also rearrange your homescreen.
  • Built-in Chromecast support.
  • Chrome web view.
  • Full-screen wallpapers with preview.
  • HDR+ photography.
  • Location in Quick Settings.
  • Low-power audio playback.
  • Music and movie-seeking from lock screen.
  • The NFC payment system doesn't require using the secure element anymore. It uses a software based emulation work around. Because of this, carriers can no longer use this as an excuse to not support Google's NFC payment functions.

There's still quite a bit more we didn't include, because the list would have been monstrous, but you can check out more at the source links below. It's amazing that Google just soft-launched this absolutely incredible and massive update without any kind of press show.

Source: Android Developers - Android 4.4 KitKat and Android.com
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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T Now Available But Sold Out?

Oct 31, 2013 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm

Back in September we shared a rumor that the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T would become available sometime in October. It turns out that is almost true. It looks like the new Tegra 4-powered super-tab from Asus just went up for sale from a third party retailer on Amazon called EXCaliber PC. However, it is also already sold out (at the time of this post).

It seems strange that it would sell out so quickly, but it is possible. Of course, it's also possible the retailer decided to announce the device a little before they actually got some in stock. Either way it appears the device will be coming very soon! Here's a refresh of the specs:
  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 WQXGA IPS display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor
  • 2GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 5MP/1.2MP cameras
  • Micro SD slot
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Miracast Wireless Display support
  • Optional keyboard dock w/battery and full-sized USB 3.0 port

It's important to note that the tablet is supposed to carry an MSRP of $450, but Amazon's third party retailer is selling it for a premium tag of $500. Hopefully other retailers will start getting the device soon and sell for the correct amount.

Source: Amazon
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Wall Street Journal Claims Google Now Smartwatch Close to Mass Production Already

Oct 29, 2013 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
Above is a Google smart-watch concept render found here.


For a while now smart-connected wearable computers have been garnering a great deal of media attention. Between the Google Glass project and the various smart-watches from Sony and Samsung, it is a burgeoning new market barely out of its infancy. Of course, if this new market is to grow and thrive, then new products must continuously push the envelope. If this latest report from the Wall Street Journal is any indication, we may see the next phase of the wearable computer rollout come very soon. Supposedly, Google is already nearing mass production on a new Google Now smart-watch. In fact, if the timeline they are suggesting is as accurate as their rumor, then we might see a Google Now connected smart-watch revealed in the first quarter of 2014.

According to the WSJ report, Google is working hard to address the two primary concerns/complaints with a wearable smart-watch, usefulness and battery life. Google is planning to address these issues head on by imbuing their smart-watch with far greater functionality and a deeper integration with Google Now services. Additionally, they have focused a great deal of development on increasing power efficiency for the device so that it can last several days on a charge. Here's a quote with more details,

The new device, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now, the company's intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won't require frequent battery charges, the person said.

The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user's email through Google Now, the person said. The device could be ready for mass production within months, the person said.
Whether Google's smart-watch can fire on all cylinders and deliver a compelling experience will have to be judged once it really does come to market. Regardless, it certainly looks like the ball is rolling on the evolution of wearable computing devices, despite not taking off the way smartphones and tablets have.
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