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2 years ago

Google Play Store now selling Galaxy Nexus accessories - if you're in the U.S.

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Good news, everyone! The elusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories are now available directly from Google in the Google Play Store. (Where they should be!) Yeah, it's only been about six months or so since the phone was released, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. 

Available are the Vehicle Dock -- that's the proper one with the pogo pins to keep you charged and not the janky "navigation" dock that only holds the phone -- and a pair of desktop docks. If a traditional landscape dock is your bag, it's there, with the same pogo pins for charging. Or if you need some high-def output, there's an HDMI dock in portrait orientation that uses the USB port for output and charging. 

The vehicle and landscape desktop dock each cost $54, and the HDMI portrait desktop dock is $49. You can snag 'em all at the link below.

More: Galaxy Nexus accessories from the Google Play Store

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2 years ago

ShopAndroid Daily contest winners!

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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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2 years ago

Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone [accessory review]

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Being safe while driving is pretty darn important. Distracted drivers are such an issue that the NTSB wants all cell phone use to be banned while driving, and even y'all, our faithful readers, admit to texting while driving. While a Bluetooth speakerphone certainly doesn't mitigate all of these issues, it can certainly help to alleviate some of them. Today, we're taking a look at the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone.

 

Small and discreet, the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone aims to bring a big sound in a small package, all while offering a stated 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time. Blueant uses some "Digital Signal Processing" to give incredibly clear call quality and microphone, but in my experience, the quality isn't anything to phone home about. It's not bad, but it's not mind-blowing.

The microphone has a little niggle in that it cuts off the very beginning and end of your phrases. This makes total sense to me (since those are typically the softest parts), but even with the windows rolled up¬†and‚Äč the stereo off, the issue persisted. The promise of eliminating noise, even while the car is¬†traveling, has loud engine noise, or while the windows are down seems unfulfilled.

Touching the green button while you're all paired up gives you the option to choose your favorite voice dialer on your phone, and surprisingly enough, the stock voice dialer worked better than both Vlingo and Vlingo InCar. This is mostly because voice dialer goes straight to listening for your command, whereas Vlingo and its InCar¬†variant both open the full app,¬†then‚Äč want you to touch a button onscreen, before they'll listen for a command. With the stock voice dialer, I had no misdials, so I can say the microphone picked up names quite well.

The Supertooth 3 attaches to your visor using a metal clip and magnets attached to the actual speakerphone. I'll admit, this is pretty brilliant. The metal clip is small and unobtrusive, giving you enough flexibility with placement. The magnets on the back of the speakerphone are strong (it won't come unlatched, even if you're driving over bumps), and when you've parked, you can easily remove it from the clip to hide (if that's your thing).

Overall, the Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone is good. It's not bad, but it isn't great, either. If you're looking for a solid Bluetooth microphone, this one won't steer you wrong, but for the price, there's probably some higher quality devices you could pick up.

We've got a picture gallery after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE car dock unboxing and hands-on [From the forums]

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If you're on the fence about buying the official car dock for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE, you've got to check out this excellent unboxing and hands-on from Alex800 in our EVO 4G LTE forums. Take note, aspiring Android Central writers. This is how it's done. Hit the link below for the full thread.

More: Sprint EVO 4G LTE car dock

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2 years ago

Incipio NGP semi-rigid case for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus [accessory review]

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The NGP Semi-Rigid Soft Shell Case protects your Samsung Galaxy Nexus inside a semi-rigid polymer shell. Featuring custom-cut holes, you'll have access to your Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera and all the other functions. The case provides full coverage and maintains a low-profile, and can stay in place while charging or connected to your computer.

 

NGP stands for "Next Generation Polymer" - a semi-rigid dense polymer.  The NGP material is malleable enough to slip around and snugly hold your Galaxy Nexus, but firm enough to withstand impacts and scrapes. Because of the flexible nature, the case is easy to put on and remove.

The touch screen of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus is left exposed for easy access or the use of a screen protector.  The NGP wraps the front edges of this device, acting as a bumper and giving it added protection with a little extra lift.  If you're looking for a case that looks good and offers great protection, the Incipio NGP makes a great choice. Enjoy this review from Raul, and look out for more great videos!

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2 years ago

HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip review

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I've always had a love-hate relationship with Bluetooth. I love the idea. Being able to easily and wirelessly connect our devices to other devices just makes sense. Wires and cables are decidedly unsightly and unsophisticated. But in actual use, well, that's where the hate comes in. Sometimes Bluetooth works great. Other times it's the devil, refusing to connect, or to hold or connection, or basically sounding crappy.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip. (Sprint currently is selling it under the "Bluetooth Music Adaptor" name.) Here it is, in a sentence: Pair it with your phone, plug it into a 3.5mm jack, and play audio to your heart's content. Done. It's that easy. (But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read on for our full review. Let's hit it!)

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2 years ago

ShopAndroid Daily contest winners!

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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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2 years ago

HTC Bluetooth music adapter now shipping from Sprint

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We've been waiting to get the HTC Bluetooth Music Adaptor into our cars since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress in February, and now it's finally available for purchase. As you'll recall, it's a simple dongle that plugs into your car stereo AUX port (or any other 3.5mm jack, really), and allows you to wirelessly stream your music over Bluetooth. And in addition to using the standard A2DP profile, it's got the CSR aptX codec, so your music (theoretically) should sound great over the notoriously janky Bluetooth. Sprint's currently got the adaptor listed at $59.99.

Could you just plug in your phone via the 3.5mm jack? Sure. But that's not really The Future, is it? The other caveat is that you'll have to keep the adaptor charged, but Sprint rates it at 5 hours of play time and 120 hours of standby time. We've got our order on the way, so stay tuned for the full review.

Purchase: HTC Bluetooth Music Adaptor from Sprint; via EVO 4G LTE forums

 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vehicle dock launches in the UK on May 22

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When the first official accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus started appearing late last month, one piece of kit was conspicuous in its absence -- the long-awaited car dock. Today, however, we have news that Nexus owners' wait for an official vehicle mount for their phones is finally over. British online retailer Clove Technology has announced that it'll be stocking the official Samsung vehicle dock -- that's the one that connects with the gold contacts along the side of the phone -- from next Tuesday, May 22.

The price is a predictably high £49.99 (~$80) including VAT, but then expensive first-party accessories are nothing new. In the box you'll find the dock itself, along with suction cup, and a microUSB car charger that connects the dock's microUSB port to your cigarette lighter.

There's still no word on U.S. availability for this accessory, but we'll keep you posted if anything emerges.

Source: Clove Technology

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2 years ago

Skullcandy protective cover for the HTC One S [case review]

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The Skullcandy protective cover for the HTC One S is a hard-shell snap-on cover designed to keep the phone from getting scratched and dinged during everyday use. The cover simply snaps over the rear of the phone, protecting the U.S. version of the One S' gorgeous blue and grey gradient paint job but keeping the sexy thin profile of the phone intact. 

The cover fits well, and there isn't any risk of it falling off. The top and bottom are cut out for easy access to controls and the dual-microphones, and the precision cut-outs for the volume switch, USB port, and camera align perfectly. The camera cutout is generous, and doesn't affect the pictures you'll take with the One S' amazing camera in any way.

While not designed for serious abuse, the Skullcandy protective cover will keep your One S looking like the day you bought it, and when combined with a good screen protector should keep everything scratch-free in any purse or pocket. To get one of your own, visit your local T-Mobile store or their website.  We've got a handful of pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S III 'C Pen' stylus and other accessories appear for pre-order

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If you were watching our coverage of the Galaxy S III launch event, you'll already be familiar with the wealth of accessories that were announced alongside the phone, and shown backstage in the sprawling demo area. We even gave them a full write up, and snapped some photos. Today a few of these accessories have appeared for pre-order over at UK retailer MobileFun, along with preliminary prices and some official promo images. Among the more interesting accessories on show is the "C Pen" -- Sammy's capacitive stylus for the Galaxy S III, which was nowhere to be found in the demo area at the launch event. MobileFun is also listing the official flip cover, Wifi Display Hub and phone holder/battery charger.

As you might expect from official, branded accessories, these don't come cheap. The holder/charger package comes in at £35 (~$56), while the flip cover will sell for £30 (~$48). It's also worth mentioning that you can't buy any of these just yet (for the Galaxy S III that you don't have), as these are just pre-order listings. We're hoping to see many of these on launch day, but we're already hearing from retailers that one of the more anticipated add-ons, the wireless charging accessory, isn't expected until September.

Source: MobileFun

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2 years ago

Reminder: Save 15 percent this weekend from ShopAndroid U.S. - and ShopAndroid Canada!

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Attention benevolent people of Canada! This is your friendly Canadian reminder that along with the grand opening of the ShopAndroid Canada store, we're giving you a completely reasonable 15 percent off all accessories this weekend. Just used the code GrandOpening at checkout and we'll be more than happy to discount your Canadian merchandise. It's all part of being your one-stop-shop for the latest Android news, reviews, opinions and (of course) accessories.

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2 years ago

Late night poll: Has your opinion of the Samsung Galaxy S III changed?

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After reading through some of the comments on our very own Alex Dobie's post covering the hype and expectations surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S III, it seems some of you all out there have changed your opinion about the device as a whole. Many folks never liked the device from the get go while others loved it and now there seems to be a change of heart for some.

We apparently weren't the only ones to notice this shift as MOTH477 in the Android Central forums has posted a poll of his own asking how many people initially thought the Samsung Galaxy S III sucked but have now changed their minds. Were you in the love with the Samsung Galaxy S III from the start? Did you have no interest before but now you want it like you've never wanted a device before?

Rather than recreating the poll here on the blogs, we invite you all to sound off in the Android Central forums. Hit the link below to register for the forums or to log in and participate in the poll.

Register or login to the Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

PayAnywhere aims to make accepting payments on the go a breeze

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The ability to accept and process payments while on the go is not a new concept, but it is also one that is far from perfected. We have seen tons of options, ranging from things like Square to PayPal's attempt, and all of them seem to fall short in on way or another. PayAnywhere is a mobile payment processing company that has taken the shortcomings of other applications, built upon them, and come in with the lowest processing fees, making the service a rather attractive one.

When looking at other available options, one thing that sticks out immensely is the lack of quality behind the receipts and offerings that they provide, limiting the client base that is likely to want to use their service. Odds are if you are running a larger business, you want a receipt that shows a breakdown of the products, shows your business name, and doesn't look like your child designed it. PayAnywhere offers just that and more.

Within the application you can set up company information to print on the receipt, and set up an inventory of items that can be quickly added during your sale. If the item isn't listed in your inventory, no problem, simply add it at that time and you are good to go. In the options of the application you are able to set up discounts, toggle taxes based on location, and much much more. Beyond all of this, the application that powers the reader is a cross platform application which is available on Android, iOS and BlackBerry, which means nearly any employee you have would be able to pick it up and use it without any issues. The reader is free through PayAnywhere, so if you happen to be in the market for something new to accept your payments, this is definitely a worth while service to give some serious thought to. Hit the break with us to check it out in action, and get a deeper look and feel for it.

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2 years ago

HTC One S Otterbox Commuter hands-on

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We just got a look at the Otterbox Commuter case for the HTC One X, but we didn't want you One S owners to feel left out, because sitting right next to it was the commuter series case for the One S. Much like the One X, the One S features those wonderful curves and no one wants to ruin that by adding some ugly or bulky case, even if they are adding protection. In the past Otterbox cases have been kind of bland in design, and very industrial looking, but it appears as though that is gone.

Following the curves of the device the Commuter series case offers great protection for users who wish to keep their device safe and sound, but does it in a very stylish way. The overall style and flow matches that of the device, which is a key factor because many people are enticed by the design and feel of the HTC One Series. Hit the break to check out some more images, and be sure to stay tuned for a full review.

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