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3 weeks ago

Father's Day Sale: 20% off Android accessories through June 21

Father's Day Sale

Looking for a great way to show the old man some love this year? Or, maybe Dad wants to do some shopping of his own for a brand new case, quick charger or wireless charger. Either way you're in luck, because we're celebrating Dad's big day this entire week by offering 20% off all Android accessories here at ShopAndroid.com.

We've got a wide variety of accessories for the latest and greatest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, LG G4, Galaxy Note 4 and many more. Load up on your favorite toys, then use coupon code: FATHER15 at checkout to instantly save 20% on everything in your cart. It's that easy!

Don't forget: we offer FREE shipping for all orders over $50 within the continental US, as well as super-fast options for a little extra. Get your orders in soon, because this sale ends Sunday, June 21.

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3 weeks ago

The new SteelSeries Stratus XL game controller works on Windows and Android games

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Android gamers will soon have a new wireless game controller to check out from SteelSeries, the Stratus XL.

SteelSeries has just revealed plans to launch a new version of its Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller. It supports Bluetooth for controlling games running on both Windows and Android devices.

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3 weeks ago

This is Aukey's 5-port USB charging station + Quick Charge 2.0

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Now you and your friends are covered with this 5-port USB charging station that adds a touch of Quick Charge 2.0 for funsies.

Perfect for the active household that uses a variety of mobile devices, you can't go wrong with a charging station that frees up crowded outlets and power strips with a single plug. With Aukey's built-in AIPower technology you get the fastest possible charge for your specific device — Quick Charge 2.0 or not.

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3 weeks ago

Here's what comes in the Project Fi welcome box

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Project Fi welcome box

If you're waiting for a Project Fi invite, this is what you can look forward to when you sign up.

Google has done some neat packaging for its Nexus devices and accessories (Google Glass was particularly high-end), hardly cutting back on the presentation. Project Fi is no slouch here, and Google sends out a very large box when you sign up for the new carrier to help make sure you have a good first experience with the invite-only service.

The welcome box, which is about the size of a Nexus 9, matches the look of Nexus device boxes with white cardboard and bright primary colors inside. And when you open it up, you're greeted with a great stash of accessories for you Nexus 6. Check 'em out.

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3 weeks ago

Amazon Echo adds more IFTTT actions for sports scores, song requests

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A new software update for the Amazon Echo adds more IFTTT support for the connected speaker.

Amazon keeps adding features to its Amazon Echo connected speaker with a regular series of software updates. Today, the company emailed owners of the device informing them that it has added more support for IFTTT (IF This Then That) trigger actions.

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3 weeks ago

These Android phones can handle wireless charging

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Wireless Charging

It's the feature you either have to have or don't care about at all.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely-adopted as we'd like. Our microUSB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would be a godsend, but due to the fight over wireless charging standards, most phones simply go without it. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.

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3 weeks ago

A quick look at Amzer's Hybrid Kickstand Case for LG G4

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If you don't mind adding some chunk to your LG G4, this hybrid kickstand case from Amzer does a fine job at absorbing impacts and adding a little extra convenience for watching movies on the go. Check out how it looks from front to back along with some additional deets past the break.

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3 weeks ago

How to handle wireless charging in big phones

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Note 4 Qi

Making everything bigger introduces new problems, but the solutions are often fairly simple.

We might as well call facts facts; big smartphones aren't going anywhere anytime soon. If anything, our mobile devices are going to continue to push the envelope. For the most part, the people who enjoy these devices can all agree it's a good thing. There are a couple of situations, however, where having a big phone can present unique challenges. A perfect example is wireless charging, which seems like it would be easier with a larger phone but more often than not means you have to be unreasonably specific about how your phone sits on whatever platter you've purchased.

In a perfect world these devices would all have guiding magnets to make things easier — RIP Nexus 5 — but since that doesn't happen we've got some quick tips on making wireless charging a little easier.

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3 weeks ago

Review: Making every speaker smarter with Beep

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Beep controller

Beep is the start of a fantastic way to handle multi-room audio in your home, and with any luck it'll end the same way.

Exactly 16 months from the day I heard about a new company being formed with a pair of ex-Googlers to tackle the challenges associated with connecting all of the speakers in your home and granting them access to all of the great music services we have on our phones, the folks behind Beep put their finished hardware on my desk. Connected speakers are everywhere nowadays, but the core idea that sets Beep apart from the crowd — mainly that there needs to be a physical component to connected audio controls — is still a big deal. Unfortunately, the things that will move this product from being a cool idea with a fantastic design to something everyone should have in their homes and offices aren't yet available.

Here's our review.

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3 weeks ago

Hands (and ears) on the Samsung Level On Wireless Headphones

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Samsung Level Wireless Headphones

Whether you're rocking out wired or wireless, these latest on-ear headphones from Samsung provide a comfy fit for extended use and plenty of EQ options to make any audiophile ecstatic.

Need a serious boost in audio quality when jamming your mobile tunes? Samsung's Level On Wireless Headphones are awesome for any genre of music and they don't get uncomfortable after those long sessions. Add a few unique touch controls and a nifty carrying bag and you might just be looking at your next pair of wireless headphones.

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3 weeks ago

Where to buy Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard looks cool. Where can I get one?

We've been getting this question a lot as of late. We talk about Google Cardboard, the cool stuff you can do with it, and speculate on Google's future plans for the platform. People want to use it, so they need to know where to get it into their hot little hands.

Google isn't selling the new version 2.0 Cardboard viewers themselves. They never sold the original, so that's not surprising. And version 2.0 is what you want if you already don't have a viewer — it works for larger phones like the Nexus 6 or Note 4, and the new "input" method of a small capacitive tape-covered lever means it works on phones that didn't support the magnetic slider-switch like some from Sony or LG.

Let's see how you can get yourself a new Cardboard viewer.

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3 weeks ago

How to use Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google's simple VR platform can be used anywhere and everywhere, but there are a few things you should do for an optimal experience.

One of the great things about Google Cardboard is how portable it is. While not every version of Cardboard is fully collapsible, even when fully set up these accessories don't take up a lot of space, and for the most part you can just pop your smartphone in and get up and running. It's the perfect platform for quick VR experiences, and is simple enough that you can pass things around to the group and not have to worry about a learning curve for use — which makes comparing it to full immersion platforms like the HTC Vive-powered Steam VR platform easy.

Here's a quick intro to using Cardboard, as well as a few tips for getting the most out of the platform.

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3 weeks ago

Qi or Powermat? What's the difference and which should you choose?

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Making the switch from cables to platters means picking a standard, which unfortunately isn't as easy or obvious as it sounds.

Wireless charging has been around for some time now, though for a myriad of reasons has never really picked up steam. Now that we're seeing more devices support the tech by baking it right into the device instead of making you purchase some ill-fitting or less-than-ideal accessory, there are plenty of folks out there ready to make the switch and abandon their microUSB cables entirely.

The only catch is there are two different kinds of wireless charging — Qi and Powermat — and you probably need to choose one and stick with it. Here's what you need to know.

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4 weeks ago

Grain Audio PWS.01 Wireless Speaker review

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Grain Audio PWS.01 Bluetooth Speaker

Say hello to the Bluetooth speaker that not only looks amazing in your home, but provides studio quality sound for your favorite tunes.

It's hard to not fall in love with the beautiful walnut enclosure of this Bluetooth speaker, but having legit sound processing technology to boot makes this handsome devil all the more appealing. Designed for those who truly want the best sound from a portable speaker, Grain Audio's PWS.01 is one worth writing home about. Jump past the break to get the full scoop of what it's pushing and the goodies bundled with.

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4 weeks ago

What is Google Cardboard?

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard gives you a rich virtual reality experience without a big price tag.

You might have seen a bit of interest in Google Cardboard rise to the surface lately. At Google I/O 2015 we saw the launch of a more universal viewer as well as a new classroom experience dubbed "Expeditions" where teachers and students can have synchronized virtual fieldtrips. The Google Cardboard app was even made available on the App Store for iPhone 6 and 6-plus users. Some very cool stuff, which is why people are talking about it. Never mind that everything at I/O 2015 was made of cardboard.

Seeing and reading about this stuff doesn't help much if you don't understand just what Google Cardboard is, though. So lets take a few minutes and get that sorted.

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