ASUS announces first wave Android Lollipop update for Nexus 7

ASUS has  announced that Nexus 7 tablets are among the first wave of Android devices to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

The update brings new features and security enhancements. Upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop is free of charge and available immediately as an over-the-air (OTA) update for all ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 Wi-Fi-only models.

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Look and Notifications

Android 5.0 Lollipop offers new material design, which brings colors and fluid animations for a good user experience.

The new heads-up notifications’ enable users to respond to notifications without leaving the current app, speeding every interaction.

Users are also given control over lock-screen notifications, including which notifications should be displayed on a secure lock screen.

Easy Navigation

Android 5.0 Lollipop also enables Bluetooth Smart, a low-energy Bluetooth mode that extends Nexus 7 battery life when scanning for and pairing with nearby devices.  Nexus 7 users are able to bypass the normal lock screen.

The new update also includes a new ‘personal unlocking’ feature.

Easy upgrade

Upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop is both free and easy for Nexus 7 owners. From the home screen, users should tap Settings followed by ‘About tablet’ and then ‘System updates’.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop roll-out for Nexus 7 Wi-Fi-only devices worldwide has begun. The update will rolled out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.

Earlier Asus announced its Fonepad 7, a 3G calling device, for the Indian market at a price of Rs 8,999.

The Fonepad 7 is a phablet that supports Android KitKat 4.4 OS and sports 7 inch palm sized display. Asus has exclusively partnered with Flipkart to sell the Fonepad 7.

Asus Fonepad 7 is powered by a 2X2 Intel Atom Multi-Core processor 1.2 GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology with 1 GB RAM, 4GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 64GB with a microSD card. The tablet comes with 5GB of Asus WebStorage free for lifetime as well the Asus WebStorage Office suite of apps.

The company said Fonepad 7 takes multi-tasking to a new level by giving user the freedom to run 6 apps simultaneously on screen.


Vishal Kawadkar


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