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7 months ago

Healthy Android accessories roundup; enter to win $50 in store credit

Your Android device shouldn't restrain you from your active lifestyle, which is why we're highlighting our favorite fitness items to make your workouts more enjoyable and manageable.

Jump over to the ShopAndroid Blog and see how you can stay in shape with healthy Android accessories and get a chance to win $50 in store credit!

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7 months ago

ADATA's UD320 USB OTG Flash Drive is an easy way to store and move files across all your devices

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And it's a must-have if you use Linux or a Chromebook

The ADATA UD320 USB OTG flash drive may have a mouthfull for a name, but this small gadget turned out to be awfully handy. It's basically a micro-sized USB flash drive, with a compact USB to microUSB USB OTG adapter, and it all fits together into a tiny package that slips easily into your pocket or attaches to your keyring. The idea isn't exactly new, but the ADATA unit is affordable, well-executed, and essential if you use Linux or a ChromeOS device.

Read on, and see why I think this is something you should think about picking up.

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7 months ago

Grab the custom HTC One Double Dip case of your dreams

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Come up with your own wildly colorful concoction to keep your One safe

Who said a phone case had to be boring? HTC has now started to offer HTC One owners the chance to build their own custom Double Dip case with a variety of color options for you to choose from. Some bright, some not so bright. 

Six colors, three parts of the case to customize, and you can be as wild or conservative as you like. One you've created the case of your dreams, it'll cost you $29.99 to have it sent out. It's no Moto Maker, sure, but it's a nice touch if you're not so fond of HTC's own creation

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7 months ago

SanDisk Dual USB Drive is a quick and easy way to transfer files

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Desktop computer business up front, mobile party microUSB in the back.

SanDisk today announced its new "Dual USB Drive" — basically a flash drive with a USB 2.0 connector on one side for plugging into a computer, and microUSB on the other side for plugging into a phone. Price starts at $19.99 for a 16GB model and hits $49.99 for 64GB.

Sandisk slipped us a 32GB unit. And, true to form, it's pretty simple to copy files just like you would with any other drive. At least on the computer side, that is. Phones get a little more complicated, but SanDisk helps out with that as well. Many Android devices don't have USB on-the-go (OTG) support. So it's possible you'll plug in this drive, fire up your favorite file browser — and nothing will happen. (Samsung is a notable exception, though — and rooted devices can get around this easily with any number of apps.) 

To that end, SanDisk today updated its Memory Zone app to support the Dual USB Drive. Plug in the drive, open the app, and you've got a file browser capable of reading whatever's on the drive. Images, video, music — whatever.

Pretty simple, and it's a handy little accessory.

More at SanDisk's site.

SANDISK ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST DUAL USB DRIVE DESIGNED TO TRANSFER AND BACKUP CONTENT BETWEEN MOBILE DEVICES AND COMPUTERS

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation , a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Ultra® Dual USB Drive, a USB flash drive featuring both a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector in a sleek and sturdy form factor. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android™ smartphone and tablet users who need an easy way to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices. The drive allows users to safely store and backup files, free-up space, or simply transfer multimedia between their smartphones, tablets and computers.

“The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a simple, convenient way to offload and backup files from smartphones and tablets – with the peace of mind that comes with the trusted SanDisk brand,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “This new drive integrates with SanDisk’s Memory Zone app to make freeing up space on mobile devices simpler than ever, improving the user experience.”

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a convenient way to transfer content via an Android-powered smartphone or tablet’s micro-USB port and a computer’s USB connection. While other methods of transferring files from a mobile device to a computer require wires, applications or a wireless set-up, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive simply needs to be connected to a mobile device supporting USB on-the-go (OTG)1 to access up to 64GB2 of ‘plug and play’ storage capacity. Additionally, the drive’s dual USB ports feature a retractable cover, meaning no caps to lose while still keeping the connectors safe. 

SanDisk is making content management even easier with the SanDisk Memory Zone app, available for download on Google Play™. With the SanDisk Memory Zone app, users are able to better organize files stored on internal and external phone memory for management, viewing, copying and backup – further easing the hassle of freeing up the memory on their mobile device.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is available worldwide and on www.sandisk.com in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $19.99 to $49.99.

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7 months ago

Karma Wifi Hotspot review: Feel good about sharing your connection

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High per-gigabyte pricing and weak coverage hurt an otherwise interesting model for mobile data.

Whether it's to get our Wifi-only tablets online, save battery on our phones or simply diversify to have connections from multiple carriers, many turn to a mobile hotspot for their data needs. Most hotspots follow a very similar billing model as a phone — pay every month for a certain amount of data, and at the start of the next month you have the same amount of data refreshed.

The Karma Wifi Hotspot is different, and for a specific set of people it may just be a great go-to device if you just need some extra data here and there. At the simplest level, Karma is a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot. You purchase the device itself for $99 and refill data onto it at the rate of $14 per 1GB (or less if you buy in bulk). The data doesn't expire at the end of the month, though, it actually never expires.

But that isn't Karma's only trick. Your hotspot is open for any other Karma user to take advantage of — and if someone else logs into your hotspot, you'll both be rewarded with free data that gets added right onto your data balance. Read along and learn how Karma is hoping to be your next choice for pay-as-you-go data.

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7 months ago

ShopAndroid.com Sale: Love Your Phone this Valentine's Day!

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Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories this Valentine's Day by using coupon code 'sweet20' at checkout!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and while you're probably thinking flowers and chocolates for the significant other in your life, you don't want to forget to take care of the other sweetie in your life. You know the one we're talking about. The one that's in your hand all day long.

Your phone!

In honor of Valentine's Day, you can show your Android a little love and save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Valentine's Day Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code sweet20 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

And for those of you have multiple-mobile loves in your life, don't forget the sweet20 coupon also works at ShopCrackBerry.comthe iMore Store and Windows Phone Store. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and checkout once. You gotta love that!

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7 months ago

OtterBox launches heavy duty cases for the LG G Flex

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Ultimate protection for your expensive curved phone

If you're dropping a fair wedge of cash on the LG G Flex, you might be considering some protection for it. Sure, it has that 'self-healing' back to protect against smaller scratches, but what about something a little more, heavy duty? Enter OtterBox with a new Defender series and Commuter series case for LG's curvy little number. 

If you're familiar with som of the OtterBox line of cases, they're about as heavy duty as you'd want to get from a phone case short of encasing it in concrete. If there's something to cover – display aside – the Commuter and Defender will pretty much cover it all. The construction of both is such that if the phone does flex, the case will go with it. The Defender will set you back $59.95 and the Commuter a bit less at $44.95. Both are available now at the source link below. 

Source: OtterBox

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7 months ago

Save 15% on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Big Game Super Weekend Football Sale!

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Use coupon code BOWL15 at checkout to save your 15 percent!​

Whether you're cheering for the Seahawks or Broncos this Sunday, we're celebrating Super Bowl XLVIII here at Android with a good 'ol fashion ShopAndroid.com sale (this way, everybody wins!). The sale starts now and goes through until Midnight PST on Monday night.

Until then, you can save 15 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Super Bowl Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter coupon code BOWL15 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have plenty of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

We have tons of accessories in stock for so many Android devices — too many to list here! Be sure to take advantage of the savings while they last. And enjoy the game!

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7 months ago

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Cases Roundup

 
We've got skins, hybrids, flip cases and protective films for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) and we're showing off which ones make an impression with customers and staff here at ShopAndroid.com.

Your Nexus tablet needs adequate protection against damage and using it without a case is risky business. While a naked tablet is acceptable for some, having a bit of collateral can make a huge difference when disaster strikes. Jump past the break to dive into this roundup of cases for the Google Nexus 7 (2013).

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8 months ago

Nexus cases are 25% off from Google Play for a limited time

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Grab some protection for your tablet or phone at a discount

Google Play is running a promotion to offer 25 percent off select Nexus 5 and 7 accessories for a limited time. While you won't see the full range of accessories like chargers and headphones, you can get your hands on the three latest Nexus 7 cases — Sleeve, Folio and Case — as well as the Nexus 5 Bumper Case and QuickCover case for a reduced price.

The promotion is automatically applied and is reflected in the price shown on the product pages. You can grab the promotion from the link below, and if you need help making up your mind on any of these accessories, be sure to check out our reviews:

25% Off the Right Accessories for Your Device on Google Play

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8 months ago

Hands-on with the Moto G Grip Shell

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It's a Moto G replacement shell — with more grip — in an array of bright colors.​

Motorola's Moto G (be sure to read our full review) brings a (relatively) low-cost phone while keeping the ability to customize. And one of those ways is with the Grip Shell. It's in the same vein as the $14.99 replacement shells and ads in a bumper-like edging around the phone. 

It's a simple enough proposition, and easy to swap on and off. (Just be sure to remove the stock shell before trying to put this one on.) Slide the top end of the phone into the shell, work your way around the rubber edging, and you're good to go. It might take a little prying, but nothing unexpected. As you'd expect with a name like Grip Shell, you get a fair amount of grip added to the phone — not a bad thing in the case of the Moto G, whose matte shells could get a bit slick. There are cutouts for the microphone holes, 3.5mm headphone jack, camera and speakers. The power and volume buttons are covered by the rubber bumper but work flawlessly.

And the Grip shells are nicely two-toned. You know, for kids. They're available in the four colors seen here — chalk, royal blue, lemon lime and cherry — or in the always classic all black.

We've got some more pics after the break. You can buy the Moto G Grip Shell directly from Motorola for $14.99.

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8 months ago

Sony's Smart Tennis Sensor to help Japanese serve-and-volley games from May

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Limited release sees a range of partner tennis rackets at launch

Announced during CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Sony's Smart Tennis Sensor has already been given an official launch date. As of late May, Japanese tennis fans will be able to purchase the device, which comes with a companion app for Android and iOS, and will cost the equivalent of $175. At launch, support will be limited to six Yonex tennis rackets, where the sensor will plug into the base of the handle. 

The key thing to the design of the Smart Tennis Sensor is that it shouldn't add any additional bulk to the racket, and if it works as well as Sony seems to think it will, budding Wimbledon champions could have a real tool in their pocket. The sensor will track such areas of your game as your swing, the speed of the ball, where abouts on the racket you're making contact with the ball, which strokes you're playing and more. The data is then interpreted by the app on your phone. 

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8 months ago

Belkin Miracast Video Adapter review

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It's likely the best Miracast adapter to date, but the value proposition still isn't there.

Google's $35 streaming stick, the Chromecast, may be at the top of minds nowadays, but long before this affordable entertainment accessory there was another video standard — Miracast. With a few caveats, you can find Miracast support on many of the most popular devices: Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (2013); Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, 3, 8.0, 10.1; Optimus G; HTC One. So with all of this support, why hasn't Miracast taken off?

Netgear tried its hand at releasing one of the first Miracast accessories, the PTV3000, that really just didn't work well — even after multiple updates. Even for successful adapters, performance varied across devices and software versions. Be it an unfinished standard, poor implementation, bad accessories or maybe a combination of all three, Miracast really hasn't taken off. Samsung now does AllShare Cast, HTC pushes Media Link HD, Intel has Wi-Di and Google naturally likes Chromecast.

Despite the pile of adversity, Belkin decided to release the $79 Miracast Video Adapter.

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8 months ago

Moto G Grip Shells now available from Motorola for $19.99

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Five color combos keep your Moto G looking pretty no matter your mood

Following up some time after the Moto G (read our full review) made its U.S. debut with a solid grouping of accessories, the more ruggedized Moto G Grip Shells are now on sale from Motorola's online store. Just like the other replacement back covers, the Grip Shells simply snap onto the back as a replacement for the stock cover, but in this case provide a nice rubber bumper of protection around the outside.

Each one will set you back a cool $19.99 plus a bit more for shipping, and you'll have your choice of five different color combinations — chalk, black, royal blue, lemon lime and cherry. Royal blue and lemon lime are probably the most off-the-wall combinations, but each one offers a nice bit of flair to your device. Best of all you can always swap between them at your leisure if you don't like the color.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Matthew!

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8 months ago

Nexus Wireless Charger now available in 4 new countries

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Get your fancy magnetized charger in more places globally

Google's second-generation wireless charger is now available in a handful of new countries. As announced by the Google Play Twitter account, folks in Australia, India, Japan and Korea can get their hands on the Qi-compatible charger that also packs magnets to keep your Nexus 5 stable during the charging process.

Pricing and shipping costs will of course vary across countries (it's $49.99 in the U.S.), but we're never going to turn down expanded availability of accessories from Google Play. Hit the Play Store link above if you're in one of the above countries and want to get your hands on the first-party charger.

Source: @GooglePlay

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