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1 year ago

First look: The Air Dock wireless charger

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This car dock has a great feature — wireless charging

Wireless charging is a great way to keep your phone battery topped off while it's not in your hands. Having a charger on your desk is really handy, and it makes the worries of battery life on today's big-screen phones just about nonexistent. But one place that really needs some wireless charging love in the car — and it's about to get some.

The folks at Air Dock have kicked off an Indiegogo campaign for what they call the world's best smartphone car charger, and after using it for a couple days I have to agree with them. If you use — and I mean really use — your phone in the car, for navigation, or phone calls, or as a music player or to entertain the passenger with a video or two, this is what you need. 

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1 year ago

Sony QX-series camera cases for Xperia Z Ultra unveiled

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Lens camera cases for Z Ultra coming to Hong Kong in January

When Sony announces its QX10 and QX100 "lens camera" attachments for smartphones, it also debuted special attachment cases for the Xperia Z and Z1, allowing the accessories to be easily clipped to the back of the device. Now it seems there's one in the works for the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra too, as evidenced by reports from Engadget Chinese. The lens camera case for Sony's largest smartphone comes in black and white versions and will sell for HK$238 (around $30) when it launches in Hong Kong next month, the site reports.

Since the dimensions are the same, it's likely the case will also fit the Google Play edition Z Ultra, though there's no word on international availability just yet.

Source: Engadget Chinese; via: XperiaBlog

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1 year ago

Belkin releases an all new Miracast Video Adapter

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Take content from your device to your TV with Belkin's new adapter

Belkin has just announced a brand new Miracast Video Adapter.  The adapter, the manufacturer claims, will allow you to stream content from your Android smartphone to your HDTV with virtually no setup. To get up and running all you will need to do is plug the new device in the back of the TV and start streaming from a supported device.

Features of the new unit, the F7D7501, include —

  • Mirrors smartphone screen onto HDTV to wirelessly display content
  • Full 1080p HD resolution for a full, rich picture
  • Plug-and-play installation and setup, connects directly to HDMI port
  • Small, compact design keeps it hidden in use
  • Compatible with Android devices running Android 4.2.x or higher

The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is available now, priced at $79.99, and Belkin will be hoping it'll fare better than competing Miracast adapters. Will you be purchasing one of these for yourself or a loved one? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Belkin

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Jerry's picks for 2013

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A few things to make your Android experience even better

Everyone loves accessories for their Android phone or tablet. Maybe you need a case because you know you're going to abuse your new phone a little bit, or just want to try a different look. Or maybe you want some headphones or a speaker to get better sound from the little gadget that holds your music (or music subscription). Or, you found the perfect gadget to compliment your Android, and just had to have it.

We get it. Accessories for portable electronics are a huge business, and just about anything you can think of is out there waiting for you to buy it. We get a chance to look at a lot of them throughout the year, and each of us listed a few that we thought were standouts. Jump past the break and have a look at what I thought were the best accessories of the year.

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1 year ago

ARCHOS set to unveil series of connected devices at CES 2014

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From Connected Home to Connected Self ARCHOS is bringing a ton of new products to CES 2014

This year at CES ARCHOS plans to take the wrapping off even more connected objects for Android devices. With everyone looking to automate their lives and control anything they can from their devices ARCHOS has some big plans for the upcoming year. Connected Home is one of the newest things from ARCHOS and this brings a ton of features and functionality right into one place.

Whether accessing through the Android application, or a customized 7 inch tablet that they have designed to sell, you will be able to program various tasks for different scenarios. Some examples would be turning on a light, recording video, or both as soon as one of the motion sensors is triggered. ARCHOS has designed these Bluetooth Low Energy devices with some serious style and kept the size of them extremely small, so they won’t become eyesores in your home. Some of the devices they will have available will be a mini cam, movement tag, motion ball, weather tag and a smart plug.

In addition to Connected Home ARCHOS plans to unveil a Weather Station at CES which will give weather information about the indoors and outdoors. The Weather Station will be able to provide CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure levels and much more.

To make the leap into the personal fitness space ARCHOS has planned a few new connected health devices as well. As a brain to all their fitness stuff they will have a Connected Self Application which all the accessories will report information to. With a blood pressure monitor, connected scale and an activity tracker ARCHOS hopes that you will go all in with their systems.

With CES just a week away it won’t be long until we get to check all of these out for ourselves, so stay tuned for more information right from the show floor!

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Andrew's picks for 2013

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The best add-ons that kept our devices charged, safe and productive

Being into smartphones is about more than just the phones themselves. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone that has a phone and hasn't gone out and purchased a case, wireless charger, headphones or some kind of other accessory. The editors here at Android Central are fortunate enough to have access to a good number of accessories for review, so we end up buying the ones that work for us.

While it isn't a long or flashy list, these are my top five accessories that I used throughout the year of 2013. Hit the break and see what I keep around for my devices this year.

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Alex's picks for 2013

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Top accessories for the past year

Looking at picking up something to complement your new Android phone over the holidays? The AC editors been using a whole bunch of different smartphone accessories without our devices in the past twelve months, and each of us have selected five of our favorites to round off 2013.

I'm kicking things off with a couple of cases, some replacement back covers, an essential wireless charging add-on and one of our favorite wearables of the moment. Check past the break to get started!

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1 year ago

Save 20% on Android accessories during the ShopAndroid.com Year-End Sale!

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Santa not bring you the Android goodies you were hoping for this Christmas? No worries, because from now until Dec. 30 you can buy them for yourself from — and save big while doing it!

You can save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Year-End Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code END13 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

Be sure to take advantage of the savings while they last. And have a Happy Holiday season!

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 'Game Edition' spotted with bundled Gamepad

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Samsung Gamepad packaged with 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 and HDMI adapter​

After what seems like an eternity, the Samsung Gamepad is just about ready for release. The accessory is designed to clip onto smartphones sized between 4 and 6.3 inches, but it can also serve as a Bluetooth controller for larger gadgets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. And it seems Samsung wants to capitalize on the Gamepad's tablet gaming potential with a new bundle, dubbed the "Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition."

Sighted in box form by Samsung fansite AllAboutSamsung, the Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition includes a Samsung Gamepad, a Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch tablet and HDMI adapter. That combination should allow you to play supported games on the Tablet using the Gamepad over a Bluetooth connection, or on a larger display using the tablet and controller in "console mode."

There's no word on when this bundle might appear on store shelves, but with a European release for the Gamepad said to be imminent, hopefully there's not too much longer left to wait.

For more info on how the Samsung Gamepad enables console mode, check out our hands-on feature with the device.

Source: AllAboutSamsung

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1 year ago

Win a Nexus 5 Ballistic SG MAXX Case from ShopAndroid!

You heard right, folks. Starting today, we're giving away a Ballistic SG MAXX Case for the Nexus 5 to one lucky contestant!

All you have to do to enter is head over to the ShopAndroid Accessories Blog to check out our detailed hands-on review of the Nexus 5 SG MAXX Case. After reading, simply visit the entry form link at the bottom and share the post on Facebook and/or Twitter. You'll then automatically be eligible to win yourself a brand new case!

The contest kicks off right now and ends on Monday, December 23 at 12pm PST. One lucky winner will be chosen and contacted via the email used on the entry form. So keep your eyes open and good luck!

Review: Ballistic SG MAXX Case for Nexus 5: The OtterBox Rival?

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1 year ago

Save 20% on Android accessories during our 7 Days of Christmas Sale!

OK, kids. Just a few days left to buy that special someone something for Christmas. And the folks at ShopAndroid.com are making it even easier with 20 percent off just about everything for the next seven days. That's 20 percent off cases. Batteries. Screen protectors. Bluetooth headsets. Everything a new smartphone owner needs. And a few things veterans might not even have yet.

Just use the coupon code 7DAYS at checkout.

And don't forget: FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

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1 year ago

Samsung officially announces GamePad availability in parts of Europe

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The Samsung GamePad beats Half-Life 3 to market

We've already had our hands all over the Samsung GamePad at IFA2103, and we've been hearing about it since the launch of the Galaxy S4 some 10 months or so ago, but Samsung has made it official today.

The GamePad will launch in European markets for Android phones between 4-inches and 6.3-inches, and be compatible with devices running Jelly Bean or higher with Bluetooth 3.0. Special attention has been made to Samsung phones of course, and we're told the "most convenient features optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III enable easy connectivity with GamePad via NFC tag and quicker access to games via the “PLAY” button."

The mobile app to control the GamePad is available in the Samsung app store, and the unit itself currently available in select European markets, with new markets being released in the coming weeks. There is no word on US availability dates, or pricing.

More: Hands-on with the Samsung Gamepad

Source: Samsung

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1 year ago

The Nexus 7 Folio case

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A solid case with a few neat tricks, but how can it ever be worth the price?

Google is no stranger to releasing disproportionately expensive accessories for its inexpensive devices. Since the days of the Nexus 4, you've been paying a premium to have an official "Google" accessory from the Play Store. The Nexus 7 Folio, the latest $49 case from Google for your tablet, falls right in line with that history.

The first thing you'll notice about this new accessory is that it follows much the same design (and two of the same colors) as the recently-released Nexus 5 Bumper Case, although this offering is ironically more of a "bumper" than what's available for the phone. The Nexus 7 Folio will cover just the edges of your tablet, with either the back or front protected by a flip cover, depending on whether you're using the device or not.

Let's see if it's worth your investment.

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1 year ago

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition and the Magnetic Charging Dock make a (mostly) great team

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While things aren't perfect, docking the Z Ultra GPe makes for a nice desk or bedside clock or Daydream frame

It's been a while since we had a Nexus or "Nexus-like" device with an official accessory dock. The Galaxy Nexus was made better with it's dock, even though Samsung wanted far too much money for it. If you ended up buying one, you know what I mean. Having your device sit docked at your desk or on your nightstand was handy, and the fact that things worked well between the phone and the dock made it easy. We like easy.

We were really happy to find out the Sony Magnetic Charging Dock works pretty well — and is just as easy — with the Z Ultra Google Play edition.

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1 year ago

Nexus wireless charger now available in the UK

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New Nexus-branded Qi charger selling for £34.99

Alongside that new white Nexus 7, UK buyers can today pick up the official Nexus wireless charger, priced at £34.99 and shipping in 1-2 business days. It operates using the Qi (pronounced "chee") wireless charging standard and is designed to work with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 — though if you've got other Qi-supporting gadgets they should work too.

Here's what our own Phil Nickinson had to say after a brief time with the inductive charging plate —

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