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1 year ago

Ouya in action at GDC 2013

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What's a backer launch without a party?

Ouya had their big backer launch bash at GDC 2013, giving everybody a shot to try out the $99 Android-powered gaming console. There has been a lot of excitement leading up to this launch, not only because it stands to be yet another Kickstarter success story, but also because it's paving the way for a whole new product category of Android devices. 

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1 year ago

HTC One official 'double dip' hard shell case review

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The official shell case for the HTC One aims to make it impervious to knocks and scrapes

If you pick up a phone as beautiful and well-designed as the HTC One, chances are you're going to want to keep it that way. Full protective cases -- like the official HTC offering for the HTC One -- aren't for everyone, but tough plastic covering just about everything that's not a touchscreen, it's hard to match the level of protection they offer.

We'll take a closer look at HTC's official "double dip" shell case after the break. That's also where you'll find a quick video walkthough and more photos.

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1 year ago

HTC One official flip case review

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HTC's stylish flip case also doubles as a kickstand

With the HTC One starting to become available in more countries, it's time to start taking a look at HTC's official accessories. The first is a protective case that doubles as a stand when the phone's in landscape orientation, which just might make it an ideal accessory for heavy multimedia users and anyone flying with an HTC One.

Check past the break for a quick video tour, more words, and an extensive photo gallery.

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 accessory pricing and release dates leak

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Pricing and tentative release dates have leaked for a slew of Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories today. If we go back to Samsung's Unpacked event in New York for the S4, they talked a bit about some of these, namely the gear to use with Samsung's S Health application. We also got a quick look at a gamepad and some flip covers, but today's leaks looks to cover everything.

There are a bunch of them, so hit the break to see the list with suggested retail prices and plenty of pictures.

Source: SamMobile; SamsungMania (Czech)

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1 year ago

Thumbs-on with Moga Pro Android gaming controller

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PowerA was showing off their new Moga Pro controller at PAX East 2013 and we played a few rounds of Dead Trigger with it. The controller was first announced at CES as a bigger, console-grade accessory for Android gamers. Like usual, the device pairs up over Bluetooth and uses the Pivot application to showcase Moba-optimized apps.

There's also the extendable bracing arm for your device, but tucked underneath is a new switch for enabling HID mode. That makes the Moga Pro a fine choice for games that make use of the standard format. The internal battery should offer upwards of 15 hours of gameplay. 

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1 year ago

Netgear PTV3000 Miracast adapter firmware update fixes handful of bugs

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Using Netgear's PTV3000 Miracast adapter has been a pretty hit-or-miss affair, and is hoping to improve with its latest firmware update. Firmware v2.2.12 has a changelog that is mainly similar to the previous one, but fixes a handful of nasty bugs.

  • Dongle Tries to connect automatically even after a Manual Disconnect.
  • Win8 PIN pairing times out too soon.
  • WFD session exited abnormally (and inaccessible for some time).
  • Dongle locks up completely and is inaccessible when halting the WFD association process. Also, fixed the rare subsequent kernel panic in that condition.
  • Win8/Widi 3.5.41.0, N6235,WiFi 15.5.7 TV screen error message or no screen projection (Acer H233H monitor).
  • Sometimes unable to connect with Samsung Series 5 Win8 Laptops.
  • Win8 WiDi mouse cursor position is off.

Fixing unnecessary complete lockups of the dongle is a great thing, but as @spaceman78204 pointed out to us on Twitter, it also seems to support his Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 just fine. This adapter still seems to be having its fair share of issues, but at least Netgear is giving a shot at fixing them.

Source: Netgear; Thanks, @spaceman78204!

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1 year ago

Nexus 4 Bumpers in stock in the U.S. Google Play Store

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Perhaps one of the most sought after accessories on Google Play, the bumper case for Google's Nexus 4 is back in stock. Ever since the launch of the Nexus 4, Google has had problems getting these bumpers out to customers. Even those who ordered on launch day were told to expect delays up to 3 weeks. Since then, the availability of the bumpers has gone from back in stock, to out of stock, and even to "no longer available for sale." This forced Nexus 4 owners to either buy 3rd party bumpers, or pay incredibly inflated prices on sites like eBay.

While a tad expensive, the official bumper definitely has a fit and finish that compliments the Nexus 4 nicely. For a better look, check out our full review.

Hopefully Google has gotten their supply problems under control like they did with the phone itself. I wouldn't risk it though - if you've been waiting for one of these, order now.

Source: Google Play Store; thanks, Michael!

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1 year ago

Jawbone UP companion app now available for Android

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Until today the Jawbone UP has been an iOS only affair if you want to take advantage of the mobile aspect, but that has changed with the release of the Android companion app. If you're not familiar with the device, it tracks sleeping and exercise habits, and when mated with your smartphone the companion application allows users to keep track of their diet as well, making it an all around fitness and health system.

The app has just now gone live in the Play Store for users to download, so head to the link at the top of this post to take a look.

Via: Engadget

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1 year ago

Samsung confirms it's already working on a smart watch of its own

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Samsung has confirmed that it's working on its own smart watch product, and has been for some time. The device will presumably be a major rival to Apple's anticipated iWatch, rumored to be released later in the year, as the mobile device space is increasingly seen as a two-horse race between Samsung and Apple.

Samsung executive vice president Lee Young Hee revealed the information in an interview with Bloomberg, but offered no clues as to which features might be included --

“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

Of course, there's no indication that such a product would run Android, but given Samsung's history with the platform there's at least a possibility. And given Samsung's history with Apple, it should come as no surprise to see the two companies preparing to compete in the wearable tech space too.

So might you be picking up a Galaxy Watch in the next year or so? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Bloomberg; via: iMore

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1 year ago

Contest winners: Nexus 7 charging docks!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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1 year ago

OtterBox confirms Galaxy S4 Defender, Commuter and Reflex cases

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Right on time, OtterBox is confirming that it will bring its most popular case styles to market for the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S4. The popular case maker will sell the Defender, Commuter and Reflex cases for the S4, giving a wide range of options depending on the amount of device protection required. The heaviest of the bunch, Defender, is a three-piece setup consisting of a hard plastic shell shrouded in a silicone outer layer along with an integrated screen protector. The Commuter is lighter, with an inside layer of silicone to protect against shocks. Reflex is thin two-piece design that is ideal for users that would like to occasionally dock their devices.

OtterBox says the three case models will be coming "soon" for the Galaxy S4, but hasn't given any pricing or specific availability at this time. It's good to know that accessory makers are pledging to get products out the door as soon as possible, though.

Source: OtterBox (BusinessWire)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums | Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 | Samsung Galaxy S4 Details

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1 year ago

Sony SmartWatch update brings seven new watch faces, notification previews

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The Sony SmartWatch controller app is receiving an update that brings several new flashy watch faces and increased functionality to the accessory. The new watch faces cover all the bases -- analog, digital, abstract -- and come in different colors as well. The update also brings improved battery level information, notification previews from your device and improvements to search when looking for new apps for the SmartWatch.

The app should also now be easier to get installed on non-Sony devices, which is a plus. If you happen to be using a Sony SmartWatch, you can grab a download or update to the app at the top of this post.

Via: Keith Myers (Google+)

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1 year ago

The winners of the Nexus 4 charging orbs are ...

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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1 year ago

White Nexus 4 bumper appears at a Videotron store in Montreal

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White Nexus 4 bumper

We've heard rumors and stories about the "official" white Nexus 4 bumper before, but this is the first time we've ever heard about one for sale. Sitting in the case at a Videotron store in Montreal, Canada beside the normal black Nexus 4 bumper, it's just screaming to be bought. The $19.99 price tag is the same as the black model offered at Google Play, which is out of stock. Again. 

We have no idea if or when these will filter their way to other retailers, of if they will even be sold through Google's store front. At least we now know it's real. Hit the break for a closer look.

Thanks, Hakim!

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1 year ago

HTC One accessories on sale ahead of UK launch

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The HTC One may not yet be on sale anywhere in the world, but that hasn't stopped the official OEM accessories arriving. UK retailer, Clove Technology, has already received stocks of three accessories for the forthcoming new hero device from HTC. 

First up is the 'Double Dip' hard shell case. Made of a soft touch polycarbonate, the phone slides into the main portion of the case then the 2 differently colored caps snap on at each end keeping the One nice and secure. It also seems to offer a slight lip around the front edges, so as to give a little extra protection when placed face down. The Double Dip costs £14.99. 

There's also a pack of 2 screen protectors, which do pretty much what you'd expect them too. Specific to the device, these cost £6.00

And last, but by no means least, the official HTC One car dock. Of all smartphone accessories, a good car dock is one often coveted by many users. HTC had some pretty nice car docks in the past, and this latest shouldn't disappoint either. When the phone is docked, bluetooth automatically activates so as to connect to your in-car bluetooth system. The design is somewhat unique too, with the actual cradle only covering the lower half of the phone. It's not the cheapest item at £44.99, but it's surely a fine way to utilise your new HTC One in the car. Full details and some early snaps of all three can be found at the source link below. 

Source: Clove Technology

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