1 year ago

SanDisk intros first 128 GB microSD memory card


Class 10 and ready for HD video

At Mobile World Congress, SanDisk announced the world's first 128 GB microSD memory card. It's Class 10 UHS-I with read speeds around 30 MB/s and should be compatible with any device that can support SDXC, which includes most Android devices launched over the last few years. SanDisk also took the opportunity to announce a 64 GB embedded NAND module tailored specifically to Android devices, though right now they're just sampling it to partners.

If we're going to be going around shooing 4K video on our devices, it's a good thing that memory is increasing so we can actually save that footage. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ROM size may also make you wish for a little bit more room. Beyond that, it's hard to imagine loading up that much music manually. Still, at times like this I really feel for those that don't have access to their SD card slot.

Amazon and Best Buy are going to be the exclusive outlets for the new cards, which are available right now for $119.99. How much room do you have free on your device storage? Are you going to pick up one of these 128 GB cards? Does having this much room enable any new use cases?

Source: SanDisk

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1 year ago

In pictures: Official Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 accessories


Flip covers, S View covers, batteries, wireless chargers, watch straps and more!

Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear wearable devices, and along with it the company is launching a slew of new accessories, which were on show at its Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona today. There's the standard array of cases, including wireless charging backs, S View covers and regular flip covers, together with replacement batteries and straps for the Gear devices. Some cases and straps even come in designer variants, with offerings from Samsung partner Nicholas Kirkwood.

We've got pictures of all the accessories on show at Unpacked after the break, so go check 'em out. And hit up the ShopAndroid newsletter to learn when these accessories go on sale.

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1 year ago

Samsung Gear Fit brings a fitness tracker with a curved screen to your workout


The Samsung Gear Fit will track your exercise routines and look snazzy while doing it

In addition to taking the wraps off the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung also announced their next wearable device dubbed the Gear Fit. As you can see, the big sell here is a curved 1.8-inch 432 x 128 Super AMOLED display. It's dust and water resistent to keep up with whatever brutal fitness regimen you're undertaking. As usual, you'll be able to get smartphone notifications from just about everything on the Gear Fit thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Keep in mind that the Gear Fit will only work with Samsung devices, but given all of the tracking software built in, that limitation may be worthwhile. The 210 mAh battery should last you 3 - 4 days of typical usage.

Samsung's been agressively expanding its lineup of wearables, and it's a smart move to provide something sporty to compete in the burgeoning market for fitness trackers. It will be interesting to see how well Samsung manages to expand into the space when competing with smaller, more focused companies like Pebble.

The Samsung Gear Fit will be launching somtime in April, though we're still not sure about the pricetag. Get up close and personal with the Gear Fit in our hands-on video, and if you're looking for more wearable news, swing by the newest addition to the Mobile Nations family, Smartwatch Fans. Press release ahoy!

Samsung Expands Industry-Leading Wearable Line with Samsung Gear Fit

New device blends style, fitness and convenience to provide ultimate connectivity for the active mobile consumer

Barcelona, Spain - February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.

“Samsung understands that the next generation of wearable mobile solutions must directly reflect of the diverse interests and needs of consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “In response, our Gear product portfolio continues to expand with unique devices for a wide range of lifestyles, including the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.”

Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.

The ultimate modern fitness solution

The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity.

The sleek new Samsung Gear Fit provides the superior connectivity benefits of Samsung wearable technology with a custom, real time fitness coaching to provide unique, personalized advice and workout recommendations.

The Gear Fit will be available globally starting from April. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com or m. samsungmobilepress.com.

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1 year ago

Fitbit stops sales and recalls Force amid rash of skin irritation complaints


Responding to complaints of skin irritation from Fitbit Force users, Fitbit has stopped sales of the fitness band and is conducting a recall of the product. They're offing a refund direct to consumers for the full retail price of the Force ($130) and have set up a dedicated webpage and call center to handle the recall.

Fitbit CEO James Park said that "only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation," that test results have shown "are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis." The growing chorus of reports about skin irritation was likely a factor in pushing the company towards the recall.

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1 year ago

Healthy Android accessories roundup; enter to win $50 in store credit

Your Android device shouldn't restrain you from your active lifestyle, which is why we're highlighting our favorite fitness items to make your workouts more enjoyable and manageable.

Jump over to the ShopAndroid Blog and see how you can stay in shape with healthy Android accessories and get a chance to win $50 in store credit!

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1 year ago

ADATA's UD320 USB OTG Flash Drive is an easy way to store and move files across all your devices


And it's a must-have if you use Linux or a Chromebook

The ADATA UD320 USB OTG flash drive may have a mouthfull for a name, but this small gadget turned out to be awfully handy. It's basically a micro-sized USB flash drive, with a compact USB to microUSB USB OTG adapter, and it all fits together into a tiny package that slips easily into your pocket or attaches to your keyring. The idea isn't exactly new, but the ADATA unit is affordable, well-executed, and essential if you use Linux or a ChromeOS device.

Read on, and see why I think this is something you should think about picking up.

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1 year ago

Grab the custom HTC One Double Dip case of your dreams


Come up with your own wildly colorful concoction to keep your One safe

Who said a phone case had to be boring? HTC has now started to offer HTC One owners the chance to build their own custom Double Dip case with a variety of color options for you to choose from. Some bright, some not so bright. 

Six colors, three parts of the case to customize, and you can be as wild or conservative as you like. One you've created the case of your dreams, it'll cost you $29.99 to have it sent out. It's no Moto Maker, sure, but it's a nice touch if you're not so fond of HTC's own creation

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1 year ago

SanDisk Dual USB Drive is a quick and easy way to transfer files


Desktop computer business up front, mobile party microUSB in the back.

SanDisk today announced its new "Dual USB Drive" — basically a flash drive with a USB 2.0 connector on one side for plugging into a computer, and microUSB on the other side for plugging into a phone. Price starts at $19.99 for a 16GB model and hits $49.99 for 64GB.

Sandisk slipped us a 32GB unit. And, true to form, it's pretty simple to copy files just like you would with any other drive. At least on the computer side, that is. Phones get a little more complicated, but SanDisk helps out with that as well. Many Android devices don't have USB on-the-go (OTG) support. So it's possible you'll plug in this drive, fire up your favorite file browser — and nothing will happen. (Samsung is a notable exception, though — and rooted devices can get around this easily with any number of apps.) 

To that end, SanDisk today updated its Memory Zone app to support the Dual USB Drive. Plug in the drive, open the app, and you've got a file browser capable of reading whatever's on the drive. Images, video, music — whatever.

Pretty simple, and it's a handy little accessory.

More at SanDisk's site.


MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation , a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Ultra® Dual USB Drive, a USB flash drive featuring both a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector in a sleek and sturdy form factor. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android™ smartphone and tablet users who need an easy way to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices. The drive allows users to safely store and backup files, free-up space, or simply transfer multimedia between their smartphones, tablets and computers.

“The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a simple, convenient way to offload and backup files from smartphones and tablets – with the peace of mind that comes with the trusted SanDisk brand,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “This new drive integrates with SanDisk’s Memory Zone app to make freeing up space on mobile devices simpler than ever, improving the user experience.”

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a convenient way to transfer content via an Android-powered smartphone or tablet’s micro-USB port and a computer’s USB connection. While other methods of transferring files from a mobile device to a computer require wires, applications or a wireless set-up, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive simply needs to be connected to a mobile device supporting USB on-the-go (OTG)1 to access up to 64GB2 of ‘plug and play’ storage capacity. Additionally, the drive’s dual USB ports feature a retractable cover, meaning no caps to lose while still keeping the connectors safe. 

SanDisk is making content management even easier with the SanDisk Memory Zone app, available for download on Google Play™. With the SanDisk Memory Zone app, users are able to better organize files stored on internal and external phone memory for management, viewing, copying and backup – further easing the hassle of freeing up the memory on their mobile device.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is available worldwide and on www.sandisk.com in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $19.99 to $49.99.

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1 year ago

Karma Wifi Hotspot review: Feel good about sharing your connection


High per-gigabyte pricing and weak coverage hurt an otherwise interesting model for mobile data.

Whether it's to get our Wifi-only tablets online, save battery on our phones or simply diversify to have connections from multiple carriers, many turn to a mobile hotspot for their data needs. Most hotspots follow a very similar billing model as a phone — pay every month for a certain amount of data, and at the start of the next month you have the same amount of data refreshed.

The Karma Wifi Hotspot is different, and for a specific set of people it may just be a great go-to device if you just need some extra data here and there. At the simplest level, Karma is a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot. You purchase the device itself for $99 and refill data onto it at the rate of $14 per 1GB (or less if you buy in bulk). The data doesn't expire at the end of the month, though, it actually never expires.

But that isn't Karma's only trick. Your hotspot is open for any other Karma user to take advantage of — and if someone else logs into your hotspot, you'll both be rewarded with free data that gets added right onto your data balance. Read along and learn how Karma is hoping to be your next choice for pay-as-you-go data.

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1 year ago

ShopAndroid.com Sale: Love Your Phone this Valentine's Day!


Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories this Valentine's Day by using coupon code 'sweet20' at checkout!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and while you're probably thinking flowers and chocolates for the significant other in your life, you don't want to forget to take care of the other sweetie in your life. You know the one we're talking about. The one that's in your hand all day long.

Your phone!

In honor of Valentine's Day, you can show your Android a little love and save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Valentine's Day Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code sweet20 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

And for those of you have multiple-mobile loves in your life, don't forget the sweet20 coupon also works at ShopCrackBerry.comthe iMore Store and Windows Phone Store. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and checkout once. You gotta love that!

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1 year ago

OtterBox launches heavy duty cases for the LG G Flex


Ultimate protection for your expensive curved phone

If you're dropping a fair wedge of cash on the LG G Flex, you might be considering some protection for it. Sure, it has that 'self-healing' back to protect against smaller scratches, but what about something a little more, heavy duty? Enter OtterBox with a new Defender series and Commuter series case for LG's curvy little number. 

If you're familiar with som of the OtterBox line of cases, they're about as heavy duty as you'd want to get from a phone case short of encasing it in concrete. If there's something to cover – display aside – the Commuter and Defender will pretty much cover it all. The construction of both is such that if the phone does flex, the case will go with it. The Defender will set you back $59.95 and the Commuter a bit less at $44.95. Both are available now at the source link below. 

Source: OtterBox

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1 year ago

Save 15% on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Big Game Super Weekend Football Sale!


Use coupon code BOWL15 at checkout to save your 15 percent!​

Whether you're cheering for the Seahawks or Broncos this Sunday, we're celebrating Super Bowl XLVIII here at Android with a good 'ol fashion ShopAndroid.com sale (this way, everybody wins!). The sale starts now and goes through until Midnight PST on Monday night.

Until then, you can save 15 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Super Bowl Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter coupon code BOWL15 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have plenty of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

We have tons of accessories in stock for so many Android devices — too many to list here! Be sure to take advantage of the savings while they last. And enjoy the game!

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1 year ago

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Cases Roundup

We've got skins, hybrids, flip cases and protective films for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) and we're showing off which ones make an impression with customers and staff here at ShopAndroid.com.

Your Nexus tablet needs adequate protection against damage and using it without a case is risky business. While a naked tablet is acceptable for some, having a bit of collateral can make a huge difference when disaster strikes. Jump past the break to dive into this roundup of cases for the Google Nexus 7 (2013).

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1 year ago

Nexus cases are 25% off from Google Play for a limited time


Grab some protection for your tablet or phone at a discount

Google Play is running a promotion to offer 25 percent off select Nexus 5 and 7 accessories for a limited time. While you won't see the full range of accessories like chargers and headphones, you can get your hands on the three latest Nexus 7 cases — Sleeve, Folio and Case — as well as the Nexus 5 Bumper Case and QuickCover case for a reduced price.

The promotion is automatically applied and is reflected in the price shown on the product pages. You can grab the promotion from the link below, and if you need help making up your mind on any of these accessories, be sure to check out our reviews:

25% Off the Right Accessories for Your Device on Google Play

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1 year ago

Hands-on with the Moto G Grip Shell


It's a Moto G replacement shell — with more grip — in an array of bright colors.​

Motorola's Moto G (be sure to read our full review) brings a (relatively) low-cost phone while keeping the ability to customize. And one of those ways is with the Grip Shell. It's in the same vein as the $14.99 replacement shells and ads in a bumper-like edging around the phone. 

It's a simple enough proposition, and easy to swap on and off. (Just be sure to remove the stock shell before trying to put this one on.) Slide the top end of the phone into the shell, work your way around the rubber edging, and you're good to go. It might take a little prying, but nothing unexpected. As you'd expect with a name like Grip Shell, you get a fair amount of grip added to the phone — not a bad thing in the case of the Moto G, whose matte shells could get a bit slick. There are cutouts for the microphone holes, 3.5mm headphone jack, camera and speakers. The power and volume buttons are covered by the rubber bumper but work flawlessly.

And the Grip shells are nicely two-toned. You know, for kids. They're available in the four colors seen here — chalk, royal blue, lemon lime and cherry — or in the always classic all black.

We've got some more pics after the break. You can buy the Moto G Grip Shell directly from Motorola for $14.99.

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