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2 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory on an older device?

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Quick Charge

If you've used Quick Charge 2.0 already, you know it's a pretty sweet new feature for your phone to have. We've been exploring all of the Quick Charge 2.0 options this week, and as a result came across a question that needed to be answered. As more devices are released with Quick Charge 2.0 support out of the box and third-party accessories for your home and car start filling the shelves of your local accessories section, it'd be nice to make absolutely sure you're able to use this new hardware with everything you already own. Can you plug any phone or tablet into a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply?

The short answer is yes, you can use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory with anything you're already plugging a USB cable in to charge. What you'll find in doing so, however, is that your older tech isn't going to charge any faster than it currently is capable of charging.

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2 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use one company's quick charger with another's phone?

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Quick Chargers

If you're one of the few whose shiny new phone has come with a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply in the box (here's a list if you're not sure, and even then some of then come with legacy chargers), you've come to a terrible realization. All of your other power supplies are woefully inadequate in comparison, and it's time to replace a few of your other chargers. This raises a few interesting questions, as you'll quickly notice that both smartphone manufacturers and third party suppliers have tech that claims to work with Quick Charge 2.0.

It turns out this isn't particularly complicated, but understanding the difference between the different Quick Charge 2.0 power supplies out there and how you can use them will likely make shopping for your next charger a little easier.

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2 months ago

A quick look at three quick-charging car chargers that charge quickly

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Car Quick Chargers

Maybe having a quick-charging car charger won't change your life. But it makes plugging in during a 20-minute commute so much more useful.

I'm used to maybe getting 10 or 15 percentage points on my way to or from the office while using my old, standard charger. It's not a long commute really, about average, according to the US Census bureau. But after taking a look at a few Quick Charge 2.0 for the car, I'm that much more excited about this tech that's finally hitting the mainstream in 2015. The short version: The charger and your phone work together to safely allow more juice to flow, then slow down the charge after that initial burst. So you'll go from dead to, say, 60 percent much faster, then slow the rate to finish the job.

And in the car, when you might just have a quick drive and a short amount of time to juice up, that makes a big difference. So let's take a quick look at two car chargers from a couple of respected accessory manufacturers.

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2 months ago

These are the Android devices that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0

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Samsung Fast Charging

We're still in the early days of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which gives an extra boost of charging on the front end and then slows things down to finish the job.

But already we've got a number of Android smartphones and even a couple tablets that support the new technology. This is going to be a big deal in 2015, especially as there are so many phones that don't have removable batteries. And it's an even bigger deal in the car, as a 20-minute drive can mean you get a lot more juice in the same amount of time.

And the list of phones that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge standard are growing. A number of devices released in 2014 already support it, and we'll see even more as new devices are released in 2015.

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2 months ago

What is Qualcomm Quick Charge?

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Quick Charge

Being able to charge your phone or tablet faster at home — and more importantly when you're on the go — may be one of the biggest improvement we've seen in mobile tech in some time.

And while one of the many cool things about living in 2015 is not necessarily needing to understand how a lot of the tech around you works, if you take the time to better understand what you are using there's a good chance you'll get more out of the experience. A perfect simple example is the power supply you use for your smartphone.

If you've purchased a new phone recently, there's a good chance the power supply in the box is capable of charging your phone significantly faster than any of the other chargers you have in the house. This little slice of magic is called Quick Charge, and it's a two-step process that promises to safely charge your phone faster than any other tech out there right now.

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2 months ago

Save up to 67% on PNY microSD cards, Flash drives and more today at Amazon

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Today is President's Day in the US, and PNY has chosen this federal holiday to run one of its big mobile accessory sales on Amazon. Prices in this collection of products. which include microSD cards, SD cards, Flash drives and battery packs have been cut by between 23% and 67%.

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2 months ago

A quick look at OEM quick-charging chargers that charge quickly

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Quick chargers

One of our favorite features of late 2014 has got to be Rapid Charging. Or Turbo Charging. Or Fast Charging. The oversimplified version is that Qualcomm has a new standard — officially called Quick Charge 2.0, but phone manufacturers like to give it their own names — by which it can feed more juice more quickly into your phone, for a quick burst of energy. It then slows down the charging to finish the job. That initial burst comes with the byproduct of heat — and that's also something you want less of when it comes to smartphone performance and longevity of the battery itself.

But for us end users it really means getting our Android smartphones back into the game quicker than ever. And once you use it, you'll never want to use anything else.

There is one other downside, however. Chargers that use this technology need a little something extra that plugs into the wall, and that little something extra has turned out to not be as little as we're used to.

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2 months ago

HTC One M8 $150 off for the weekend, Re Camera $50 off and HTC cases 50% off

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This weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16, you'll be able to save big on the the HTC One M8 directly from HTC. Sure, the HTC One M9 might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the One M8 is any less of a phone one year later. The discount rings in at $150, which brings the 2014 HTC flagship down to $499.00. And it's available for all colors on all carriers, so you don't have to go unlocked if you don't want to (or, you know, you're buying for Sprint or Verizon.)

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2 months ago

View-Master is getting a VR upgrade this fall thanks to Google Cardboard

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Google and Mattel are teaming up to relaunch the classic View-Master toy this fall as a virtual reality accessory for smartphones. It's based on the Google Cardboard design but still uses a version of the View-Master reels.

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2 months ago

Sling TV now streaming live television to the Amazon Fire TV

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You can now watch live TV via the internet on the Amazon Fire TV, thanks to the just-launched Sling TV app for the little set-top box. Sling's $20-a-month service includes many of the most popular "cable" channels, including TBS, Food Network, TNT, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, Disney, CNN, and ESPN. As an added bonus, new customers that sign up for 3 months of Sling TV can get $50 off a Fire TV box or a free Fire TV Stick. Sling just earlier this week opened up its service to all customers after being limited at launch to invited customers only.

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2 months ago

Valentine's Day Sale: 20% off all Android accessories!

Love is in the air this weekend and so is the scent of sweet savings on all the hottest Android accessories here at Android Central.

Why not give your significant other the gift of wireless charging this year? Or, maybe the crystal-clear quality of the latest Bluetooth headphones to spice up their daily workouts. If you're feeling indecisive, protection is always a safe bet—for their Android device, that is. Just take a look at our extensive selection of cases for the perfect fit.

When you're ready to take things to the next level, use coupon code: SWEET2015 at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire cart. There's also FREE shipping for any order over $50 in case you want to pick up a little something for yourself, too.

Don't wait until it's too late because this offer is only valid until midnight, February 16.

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2 months ago

TYLT VU SOLO Qi charger review

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TYLT VU SOLO charger

Qi chargers are commodities, but TYLT keeps coming up with new ideas

You can get a Qi-compatible wireless charger from any number of manufacturers in every shape, size, style and quality level. And in this sea of chargers TYLT has continued to make interesting and appealing options that make you look at them instead of the no-name ones out there. They always bring an unmistakable design, to be sure, but are also just well-made and functional accessories.

The latest charger TYLT has to offer, the VU SOLO, is no different — it gets the job done as any other wireless charger would, but also throws in a couple neat features to set it apart from the pack. See how it holds up to our review treatment.

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2 months ago

There's a $6 Google Play credit waiting for Chromecast owners

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Owners of the Chromecast streaming TV dongle should be able to claim a $6 Google Play credit (£5 in the U.K., sorry no-go in other countries!) today. Google is sending out the generous freebie to encourage folks to rent a movie (or maybe two) for Valentine's Day next week.

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2 months ago

Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Putting your phone in your pocket is all well and good, but sometimes it's just not convenient. Fortunately, Seidio has a simple but effective holster for the Galaxy Note 4 to keep your device protected and within reach at all times.

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2 months ago

Olympus Air is a wireless lens camera that you can control with your smartphone

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Sony launched the QX10 and QX100 smartphone-controlled lens cameras back in 2013, and now Olympus is offering its own take on the concept. Dubbed the Olympus Air 01, the wireless camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS that can take 320 photos on a single charge.

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