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Android How To: Use ZenMotion on the ASUS Zenfone 2

May 22, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The ASUS Zenfone 2 is running on Lollipop, and ASUS has decided to go with a skin over the top of Lollipop. This time around their skin isn’t too bad, we’ve seen much worse. Today, we’re going to go over ZenMotion on the ASUS Zenfone 2. ZenMotion basically houses all of the gestures that ASUS has built into the Zenfone 2. Which aren’t many, and there’s actually only two. That’s Touch Gesture and Motion Gesture. We’re going to break those two down, down below.

Touch Gesture allows you to use the double tap feature to turn on or off the screen. Much like we’ve seen in other smartphones. Which pretty much started with the LG G2 back in 2013. However, Touch Gesture is a bit more than that. With the screen off, you can draw a letter to open up a specific app. For example, if you draw an S on the screen, it’ll turn on and launch the Messaging app. You can customize which apps are opened, but not the letter you draw to open them. So for example, I could change the S to open Hangouts, but I can’t change it to another letter. The letters you can use are W, S, e, C, Z, and V, with the only lower case letter being the e.

Motion Gesture is a feature that you probably won’t use too often, but it is rather unique. Basically, when you’re inside an app, you can shake your Zenfone 2 twice to take a screenshot, and create a new task in Do It Later. Now that’s a pretty cool feature. But I have to say, I’m not sure I’d ever use that feature, to be honest.

In a nutshell, that’s ZenMotion. It’s the gestures that ASUS has built into the Zenfone 2. While some may seem silly, or that you may never use them, they are still part of the experience of using the Zenfone 2. Speaking of which, this thing is only $299. Pretty crazy, right?