Update: As of 9:20 p.m. EDT, they've passed $8.3 million. Insane.
Tonight's the night, folks. Ouya's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign comes to a close, and then begins the wait for what may prove to be one of the most highly anticipated gaming consoles the world has ever known.
Wait. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. (Then again, that's kind of the the point.) Ouya, if you haven't heard, is a proposed Android-based gaming console. The idea is to make it easy for developers to get their game into gamers' hands, and to make it easy for gamers to play. To that end, OnLive is on board. As is VEVO. And XBMC. TuneIn Radio. iHeartRadio. If this thing doesn't take off, it won't be for a lack of backers.
And tonight, it all comes to a head. Oyua has nearly 59,000 kickstarter backers for $7.96 million in pledges, as of this backing. Will it break $8 million by 1 a.m. EDT? We'll find out.
And full disclosure: Android Central is one of those nearly 59,000 backers, despite there not actually being a physical product to purchase. So we're going to take this ride together.
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Sometimes you want to relax and pump up the tunes and still be able to take a phone call on your Galaxy S3 or other Android phone.
NoiseHush makes all kinds of headsets, car kits, Bluetooth accessories and more. The NX26 is a full size over-the-ear stereo headphone that also fields your phone calls and lets you control your music like many smaller headsets.
With the Sony Ericson MW600 Hi-Fi Wireless headset, you get a Bluetooth headset with an FM radio plus a killer feature.
As Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory is fond of saying; “everything is better with Bluetooth.” There are certainly people who will dispute that, but Bluetooth can be a great feature. This particular headset opens up a world of possibilities for your Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) and other Android phones.
Using a Playstation 3 SixAxis controller with an Android device is nothing new. There have been methods around for a long old time on pairing the two devices for some all out Android gaming action. An app even exists in the Play Store nowadays to make the process even simpler. One aspect remains largely unchanged however, the phone is usually having to lie flat on a surface, or be propped up against something while you're playing. And that's not great.
We saw not all that long ago, a home-made solution designed for a Galaxy Note. It worked like a charm, but making stuff isn't for everyone. That's where GameKlip comes in, with their solution for a variety of Android phones. The GameKlip is simply a clip that allows you to secure your phone to the top of the your SixAxis controller for some gaming fun.
Oh, and as an added bonus, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S 3, it seems that you can use a GameKlip with a wired connection out of the box. No rooting, no third party apps, just plug and play. It should be easy enough to try out on other phones too, since essentially all you need is a USB OTG cable, and the USB cable that came with your PS3 controller. Says the official website:
Does my phone support a wired connection to the Dualshock3 controller?
I have tested a wired connection with my AT&T Galaxy S3. I have seen videos of it working with the international version, and users have confirmed it is working on the Verizon Galaxy S3. I have not tested it with other phones, but I hear there are others that work. I recommend googling "your phone model + usb otg + sixaxis" or something similar. Most likely someone has tried connecting one already.
The GameKlip is available in wired ($23.00 / £15.99) and wireless ($15.00 / £10.49) play versions, and note that no software is included, it's just the clip. If your phone is lucky enough to work with a wired connection out of the box, then fantastic! For the rest of you, the old ways of connecting will still be required. Custom fitted for individual phones, the below are supported by GameKlip:
Galaxy SIII (All Variants)
Galaxy SII (Epic 4G Touch, Sprint)
Galaxy SII (Skyrocket, AT&T)
Galaxy SII (International)
Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+)
Galaxy Nexus (LTE)
Galaxy Note (AT&T)
HTC Evo 4G LTE (Sprint)
HTC One X (All Variants)
And, there's one more thing. The guy behind all this is working on a version for 7-inch tablets. That, we'd love to see. Pre-orders are open now, and there is international shipping available. So, if this is something that appeals, head over to the source link below for the full rundown.
Driving hands free is not only safe; it’s the law in many places. The iBolt ProDock Alumina keeps your phone in view so you can stay focused on the road.
Your new Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) or other Android phone can serve as a great navigator or in-car entertainment center. You can control lots of the functions with S voice or other voice control software, but you still need to be able to see your phone.
You bought the HTC One X because of its looks and you don’t want to cover it up in a case.
If you don’t want to put it in a case but you want to protect it from getting scratched, look into the invisibleSHIELD Full Body protective film.
Protective films aren’t new, but they do offer another way of protecting your smartphone. As long as you realize that a protective film won’t protect against drops and hard hits to the phone – it is worth considering if your main concern is scratching your phone.
Android phones and tablets have a lot of different options for playing music. Whether you're streaming it, playing it locally, or creating your own the best way to share is with a stand-alone external speaker of some sort. The included speaker options will work in a pinch, but let's be honest -- nobody is buying any mobile device for the great speaker quality. When you're in a group, an external model is a must.
So what better way to listen to a song or two than with a Bugdroid styled speaker? Enter the GOgrove Pal Bot. It looks a lot like Android's beloved mascot, and is a simple connection via the 3.5mm jack on all modern Android phones and tablets. The specs say it lasts 6 hours on a charge when played at full volume (the only way to play music) and at under a pound it looks to be pretty damn portable.
Sure, there are probably a lot of options out there that offer better audio quality, but they don't look like Bugdroid! For a day at the beach or a camping trip this one should suffice, and it's only $30 at Amazon. As a music lover and certified Android nerd, I had to pass this one on as soon as I saw Aces and 8s showing it off in the forums.
The search for awesome Bluetooth stereo headphones for my Galaxy S3 that also function as a wireless headset continues with the MOTOROKR S305.
Bluetooth stereo was originally billed as stereo without compromise – a truly wireless way to experience your music. Unfortunately Bluetooth audio often sounds compressed and “low fidelity” compared to a good set of wired headphones.
Music capability is just one of the important features to look for, however. Today’s headsets need to also field and control the phone functions of your Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) or other Android phone as well as the ability to control what you listen to.
You just shelled out some good money for your Samsung Galaxy s III (S3.) Make sure you protect your investment with a case.
The Incipio Feather ultra thin snap-on case is certainly a case that warrants a good, close look. If you want a case that is not too big and offers some good protection to the body of the phone, this is a great option.
The flip side to that, of course, is that Google has delayed the retail release of the Nexus Q to add some more functionality. But if you did slap down $299 -- which Google's not even going to charge you now -- look for your Nexus Q to be headed your way directly.
Oh, that Jerry Hildenbrand. He's not just another pretty face. (Another pretty neckbeard, maybe. But another pretty face?) It seems our resident tinkerer has taken the official Nexus 7 case (read our full review), which for some reason lacks the magnet that will automatically turn on the Nexus 7 when the cover's open, and has, shall we say, fixed it.
Tools required: One Nexus 7 case. One multitool. One magnet. Homer Simpson and Spider Pig preferred, but not required.
The whole Nexus 7 purchasing process has been a mixed bag for many people, but outside of the U.S. one thing in particular is still lacking. The official OEM cover isn't yet even an option to pre-order in countries such as the UK and Australia. And, that's discounting any potential forthcoming colorful ones. It's frustrating to say the least, there are third party options out there, but for many OEM accessories are the only way.
The guys down under at Ausdroid are as frustrated as everyone else, and they've been badgering Asus Australia for some information. The response -- via Twitter, it should be noted -- was such:
@phroghollow At the moment I don't have a date for you but it should be within the next two weeks.
We should remember that messages via local social media accounts are far from the most reliable source of information. Needless to say, it doesn't sound unreasonable either. That sort of time period puts it about a month after the initial launch of the tablet, and that's got to be long enough to get some cases up for sale, right?
If you've got a hankering for one of these, so far elusive, Nexus 7 covers then don't forget to check out our review.
Our Nexus 7 official travel cases have arrived, and of course we want to share some quick thoughts and impressions with you guys, The gray travel case has so far been pretty difficult to get, as they would disappear from Google Play as soon as they appeared it seemed. Late last week we jumped in and ordered a couple as soon as they became available, and they arrived very well packaged in this afternoon's UPS run.
Once you crack it open, you'll find a very bland dark grey TPU case with a folding cover. We're not complaining -- in fact I prefer the nondescript and subtle grey color -- but if you're looking for something fancy or colorful you'll need to look elsewhere or wait for the leaked cases we saw yesterday to appear for sale. What you get here is a plain, yet very protective piece to keep your shiny new Nexus 7 shiny and new.
The case is form-fitting, and easily slips on and off the tablet. The ample cut-outs provide easy access to the ports, microphones (there's two) and external speaker assembly. The edges and corners wrap around to keep the case from coming off when you don't want it to come off, and the familiar raised TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) blocks are present so you can find and operate the volume and power switches. Of course, the full-face cover will keep the screen of your Nexus 7 from getting scarred up while in a bag or backpack. Unfortunately, there is no magnet embedded to activate the switch and power on the tablet when the cover is opened. I'm searching amazon for supplies to cut and insert one of my own, and I'll be sure to get that in the forums if and when I find out more.
The only real drawback of these cases is the price. One will set you back $30 after shipping, and it's very likely that you'll be able to find a more inexpensive option on Amazon or even locally sourced. These are manufactured by ASUS, and OEM equipment, so we expect to pay a bit extra. Price aside, they do seem like a great way to keep your Nexus 7 from getting scratched and otherwise damaged, and are worth considering if you prefer a simple, utilitarian option. Hit the break for a short video hands-on and a handful of pictures, and if you're interested in buying you'll find a link to Google Play below.
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