The Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover adds a little bulk — but it also helps you keep your GS5 topped up throughout the day
The daily chore of charging our phones is one we're all familiar with. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5, this process is a little more fiddly than most, due to the plastic flap protecting the phone's ports from water damage. Fortunately Samsung's preparing to launch a wireless charging back for the GS5 — officially dubbed the "S Charger Cover" — which allows you to place the phone on a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat and charge it without messing around with USB cables. And we've today managed to get hold of one to give it the full hands-on treatment.
A day after it first went on sale on Google Play, we now have the official Nexus 5 Snap Case in our hot little hands. It's a $29.99 plastic shell that fits onto the back of your Nexus 5, and it's available in five colors — black (which has that nice matte, nearly soft-touch finish), aqua, gray, white and clear.
The phone sort of clicks into the case, and at that point it's not going anywhere. (It actually takes a little bit of prying to get it back out again.) The entire back of the phone is protected, as are the sides. The top and bottom are left exposed, as is the camera house and, of course, the display. The case keeps the display from touching the desk when it's left face-down, though, so you get a little extra protection that way. The power button and volume rocker are left exposed by cutouts in the case. It's thin enough so that Qi wireless charging still works.
Google's got its logo on the back, so bye-bye LG. We're fine with that. Can't say the same for the phone's manufacturer.
All in all, not a bad little accessory, though it's maybe a wee bit expensive. The matte finish also tends to pick up fingerprints, so keep that in mind when you're picking a color.
Google Play has just added yet another case offering for the Nexus 5, this time called the Snap Case. It's a hard-sided case (hence why it'd need to "snap" on) that fits around all sides of the Nexus 5, and is a harder-looking material than the previous Nexus 5 Bumper case.
It's available in five color options — black, aqua, grey, white and clear— for $29.99 from Google Play, and shows to be shipping in 1-2 business days. This probably isn't the cheapest case of this style out there, but if you have a thing for the first-party case offerings and have a little "Google" swag at the same time, this may be a better choice than the previous Google Play offerings.
A simple case that will protect your new GS5 but won't get in the way
As much a we often want to use a phone case to express ourselves and add a bit of flair to our devices, sometimes you just need a simple and effective piece of protection for your new purchase. If you've recently picked up a Galaxy S5, Incipio has you covered with its Feather Ultra Thin case. There aren't any fancy bells and whistles here, or unnecessary design flourishes, but the Feather Ultra Thin case covers every vulnerable piece of your Galaxy S5 with a nice bit of soft touch plastic.
The case feels great while giving you an extra bit of grip, and best of all it doesn't get in the way of the way you'd use your phone without a case. There's enough material there to keep the sides and back of your Galaxy S5 from picking up the daily wear-and-tear of tossing it on tables and maybe dropping it a few times — and for most people that's all you want or need in a case.
Samsung and Seagate have come together and created an external wireless hard drive designed to work with Android devices. The Samsung Wireless media device has a capacity of 1.5TB, so it can hold up to 750 movies, 375,000 MP3s, 425,000 photos or any combo of the three — as well as countless documents and assorted files.
The device is designed so that up to five users can connect wirelessly, with no Internet connection required. Users can stream media from Android devices running Gingerbread or higher, as well as Windows XP or higher and OS X 10.6 or later. The Samsung Wireless can also connect and act as an Internet gateway for those five devices. Users are also able to connect via USB 3.0 for direct access to the device, and Android users can also charge their device from the Samsung Wireless itself.
Tado has taken to Kickstarter with their new Tado Cooling air conditioning controller, a Nest-like device which aims to make your AC unit smarter. Connecting to existing air conditioners, Tado features auto-off, indoor presence detection, single-room control, and more. The device connects to your AC unit through IR, and is controlled through a smartphone app.
Mother's Day has come and gone, but we're keeping the love going for a few more hours. So through midnight tonight (Pacific time), you (and Mom) can still save 20 percent on all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.com!
To celebrate Mom (or anyone else you want to celebrate, we suppose), we're giving you 20 percent off Android cases. And headsets. And chargers. And batteries. Basically anything and everything Mom might need to keep things up and running. (And as we all know, things wouldn't be up and running if it weren't for Mom.) Just be sure to use coupon code MOM14 at checkout!
And for those of you taking a spare device along for the ride, don't forget the **MOM14** coupon also works at the iMore Store, ShopCrackBerry.com and our Windows Phone Central Store. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and checkout once.
The Indiegogo campaign for the stick-on Dimple NFC stickers has gained a trio of stretch goals: a mini two-button version, more colors, and a TPU case with two built-in buttons. The two-button Dimple Mini is available to anybody who pledges, starting at $17 for one (existing pledges can be converted into a pair of Dimple Minis), while the remaining stretch goals kick in once the total pledges pass a certain mark.
If you're looking for some new ways to make use of NFC on you Android devices, then you'll certainly want to take a look at Dimple's NFC stickers. Rather than just being something to you simply stick to your device and kind of forget about, the Dimple NFC stickers make use of built-in buttons.
Each sticker has four buttons and those buttons can be customized through the Dimple app to take actions on your device. Assign a button to launch apps, enable the flashlight, play music or even assign a button to call a friend of family member.
In a trend to up the ante on personalization and marry fashion with wearables, Samsung has announced that it is launching a new Swarovski for Samsung series. Partnering with the famed crystal brand, Samsung is essentially bejeweling the rear perforated faux leather back battery cover of the Galaxy S5 with Swarovski crystals. Additionally, with the Gear Fit wearable exercise band, Samsung is adding clips that you can attach to the strap, essentially giving wearers their choice of bejeweled charm.
D-Link, makers of some of the most popular routers on the planet, has just announced their new mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plus, and with thermal protection and energy management no less! Simply plug it into an outlet, plus your lights, fans, televisions, irons, or other electronics into it, and then pick up your Android phone or tablet, or iPhone or iPad, and you're in complete wireless control.
Sonos announced several weeks back that they were going to have a new version of their Controller app coming, and though they've had users beta testing it for a while, today we're getting our first glimpse at how it looks. And it looks good. The above video shows off the app on an iPhone and iPad, though you can expect a similar look and experience on the Android release as well.
You'll have to manage ergonomic issues and a big price, but this bumper sure looks nice.
If there's one recurring complaint of Samsung's devices, even with the updated design of the Galaxy S5, it's the use of plastic for the entire external build. Plastic is less expensive, easier to mold into a variety of shapes, colors and designs and offers many advantages when it comes to making devices that have various radios inside. That doesn't really matter, though, as most people would prefer that Samsung would step up their game in the materials department regardless.
Draco Design makes several beautiful cases for a variety of devices, and the latest Supernova aluminum bumper for the Galaxy S5 may be just what the doctor ordered for those who just can't stand the look and feel of a plastic smartphone.
When it comes to shopping for the best case for your HTC One (M8), you want to be sure you're not only getting the best choice for your specific needs but also the best bang for your buck. That's where we come in.
We've hand-selected our favorite HTC One (M8) cases from ShopAndroid.com and laid them out in this brief guide to help you along with deciding which skin, hybrid, flip case or screen protector may suit you and your HTC One (M8) best. Jump past the break for the full scoop.
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