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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories: Flip Covers, protective case and spare battery 'system' announced

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Samsung knows you like Galaxy S4 accessories, announces a few more

If there is one thing smart phone enthusiasts like more than a new phone, it's accessories to go along with it. Samsung knows this, too, and has announced a few of the official Galaxy S4 accessories this morning. While it's not the complete list of things we saw leaked last month, a couple of the favorites should be available soon -- hopefully along side the device itself.

First up is the Flip Cover we all know and love, but redesigned to fit the S4 perfectly. Available in seven colors (Black Mist, White Frost, Light Blue, Pink, Green, Orange and Yellow), the Flip Cover will retail for $39.99. A new take on the Flip Cover is the new S View design (pictured above) which has a clear cover so users can see information like SMS messages or the current time. It's available in Black Mist or White Frost for $59.99, and it looks like a new software mode will work in conjunction with the cover to put the information you need front and center of the window itself. Samsung will also offer what they're calling the Protective Cover+. It looks like a high quality protective case, and comes in White, Navy, Green, Blue and Pink. It will retail for $29.99.

Beside the cases and covers, Samsung announced a Spare Battery Charging System. Checking in at $49.99, it consists of charging stand, a wall charger, and a spare 2,600 mAh battery. This sounds like a very good price for the dock and the extra battery, and is sure to be a popular seller.

Of course, plenty of the existing Galaxy S accessories will work just fine with the S4. Besides the obvious like headphones and wireless media devices, the Smart Dock and Universal Multimedia Desktop Dock will work for various Galaxy S devices, including the S4. See the full fact sheet after the break.

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2 years ago

Nexus 10 Book Cover review

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$30 is cheap insurance against a scratched screen, so let's have a look at the official Nexus 10 Book Cover

We saw Google finally release the official Nexus 10 Book Cover last week, and we had to get ourselves one to see if it was worth the wait. The tablet itself has been around for quite a while, and Google took their sweet time before releasing any official accessories. The FedEx man just dropped our off, so let's have a look at it.

The Book Cover is very much like the Samsung Flip Covers for the Note series and Galaxy S3. It attaches to the back of the tablet via the removable panel insert, and provides protection over the screen. It's just like a book, hence the name Book Cover. While attaching and removing the cover is a bit jarring -- you get the impressions everything is about to fly into a million pieces -- once it's in place it's solid, and really does protect the screen while leaving things like the cameras (both front and rear) and speakers unobstructed. The cover comes in both dark gray and scarlet. We're reviewing the dark gray one.

It's made of a stiff material, covered on the outside with hard, textured vinyl and inside, against the screen, is a soft felt. It seems built pretty well, and should provide protection for the screen on your Nexus 10 for the life of the product. $30 is cheap compared to the cost of a replacement screen, and the Nexus 10 Book Cover will help keep yours looking good and scratch-free.

There's a short video and a gallery of some images after the break.

Nexus 10 Book Cover on Google Play

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2 years ago

Lloyd FX cases now available at ShopAndroid.com!

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You wanted 'em, and now we've finally got 'em. The fine folks at ShopAndroid.com have given word that the Lloyd FX cases you see here are now available for three of the most popular smartphones in the Android stable.

They're made from shock-absorbent and scratch-resistant TPU material (that's short for thermoplastic polyurethane -- but you knew that, right?), that's durable enough to protect the body of your phone during daily use and from accidental dings and falls. Each case has precise cutouts for the ports, microphones and buttons. Wrapping slightly around the front of the phone, it also helps keep the display off a table or desk when left face-down.

The Lloyd FX cases are available for a limited time for just $14.95. Hit the links below to check 'em out.

Want to see a Lloyd FX case for your favorite phone? Let us know in the comments and we'll make sure the ShopAndroid.com folks see it!

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2 years ago

Nexus 10 flip cover now available in Google Play

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If you go back to our Nexus 10 review, you'll see where there's a removable strip along the rear that would make a perfect place to attach a cover of some sort. Today, Google finally put such a cover up for sale in Google Play. Available in scarlet or dark gray, the covers will fold over and protect the screen on your Nexus 10, and puts the device to sleep when closed.

The Play store says these will ship and be delivered in three to five days, and they are a bit pricey at $30. But really, the screen on the Nexus 10 would likely cost so much to replace that this is cheap insurance to help prevent scratches and other mishaps. For more information, and to order, click the link below.

Source: Google Play

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2 years ago

Otterbox Commuter case for the HTC One

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Does one of the biggest names in smartphone protection turn a sexy piece of silver into a tank? Let's find out

Ever think about buying a Corvette and then wrapping it in the shell of an Abrams tank? That's often what you think about when you take the latest and greatest Android smartphone and put it inside an Otterbox case. But you're not buying an Otterbox for sex appeal alone, right? You're buying it because it protects your phone. Period.

So we've got the HTC One. And we've got the Otterbox Commuter case, with its rubber sleeve and hard, outer plastic shell. Beauty and the beast? We've got a quick look, after the break.

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2 years ago

New Nexus 4 accessories debut on Google Play

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Headphones with line mic, charger and microUSB cable now available separately

Google has launched three new accessories for the Nexus 4 through the Google Play devices store. Well -- of the three, only one is really new -- the wired headset with line mic -- but it doesn't hurt that the official charger and microUSB cable are now available alongside it.  The charger and cable are exactly like what you'll find boxed up with your Nexus 4, while the headset is a new addition, consisting of earphones and a flattened cable containing a mic for calls.

A quick breakdown of pricing in the U.S., U.K and eurozone --

The Nexus 4 bumper is also still available, priced $19.99, £15.99 or €19.99

via Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Someone won a Moga Pro Android gaming controller! Was it you?

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Ok, actually, it's two someones, but who's counting right?

Simon took a gander at these hot little Moga Pro Android gaming controllers at PAX East 2013 and we got a couple to pass on to our fantastic readers. The winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week to get your shipping info.

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2 years ago

Project SHIELD at GDC 2013

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Still waiting on retail availability info

We already got some playtime with NVIDIA's Project SHIELD at PAX East, but it was great to sneak in a few more rounds at GDC 2013. As a more industry-focused event, obviously NVIDIA was busy at GDC getting devs on board with Tegra optimizations through sessions, but there were also plenty of Project SHIELD demo units kicking around, giving everyone a chance to try out the system first-hand.

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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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