1 year ago

Checking out Sphero 2B at #CESLive, a mobile-controlled racing robot


Sphero, the guys who are best known for their globular mobile-controlled toy, have announced at CES 2014 that they're expanding their lineup with a new two-wheel model, complete Bluetooth low-energy connectivity and sensors to enable gaming and racing.

Separate Bluetooth markers can set waypoints for a race, and the infrared sensors allow Sphero 2Bs to battle one another. Tinkerers will even be able to dive into the programming options for the Sphero 2B. We'll be seeing the Sphero 2B on store shelves in fall 2014 with a pricetag of $99 or less.

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1 year ago

Fitbit announces syncing with more Android devices


Syncing just got easier with more Android devices

Fitbit has just announced that their products will now sync with even more Android devices. Previously Fitbit devices only synced wirelessly with about 5 Android devices, all of them Samsung, so it was a bit inconvenient for many users. Today they have announced that they will be supporting 12 more Android devices.

Fitbit has not hit all the devices, but they have added support for many of the most popular devices. If you own any of the Fitbit products, and one of these devices you will want to grab the app update now to gain wireless sync. We hope that Fitbit is able to accommodate even more devices in the future, and soon there will be no restrictions and users can easily sync regardless of device choices. See the list of new devices after the break.

Source: Fitbit

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1 year ago

Sphero introduces an all new form factor with the Sphero 2B


New form factor brings interchangeable parts and more

Sphero has drawn a ton of attention with their little robotic balls that were controlled by Android devices, and today they have announced an addition to the family. With the Sphero 2B they have brought a bunch of changes to the device with a whole new form factor, and the ability to change various parts like the hubcaps, wheels, and tires. Having two main points of contacts the Sphero 2B is able to turn on a dime, and offers some crazy speed along with the ease of maneuverability. 

In addition to the new hardware Sphero has also launched seven new applications for CES, which now brings their total up to 35 different titles. In addition to being able to play with this by yourself you can use the built in infrared technology for player vs player or multiplayer game play as well. Priced at $100 the Sphero 2B will start shipping in Fall 2014. If you want to be among the first to have one be sure to hit the link below to reserve your spot, and stay tuned right here to see if we can check one of these out live from Las Vegas.

Source: Sphero

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1 year ago

SuperTooth announces the Disco 4 speaker


Bluetooth speaker packs power and portability

SuperTooth has been creating Bluetooth speakers for the past couple of years, and this year at CES they will be showing off their latest addition, the Disco 4. This wireless speaker will pair with devices through Bluetooth 4.0, or users can easily pair their devices through the tap-to-pair NFC technology inside the speaker. SuperTooth claims that after charging the device via USB for only two hours you will be able to get anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of use from each charge depending on your volume level.

The speaker itself weighs just over a pound, and features an 8 watt bass reflex system for optimal sound quality. With a 30 foot range on Bluetooth connection managing the music being played through the speaker is sure to be a breeze, and the included carrying strap will make it ultra portable.

At this time SuperTooth has not announced pricing, but they have stated that the Disco 4 will be launching in Q1 of 2014. The Disco 4 will be on display at CES, so stay tuned to see if we can get some hands-on time with it to see how it compares to some of the other options on the market.

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1 year ago

AT&T Developer Summit to focus on wearables


Focus shifts to apps for wearables at AT&T hackathon

This year AT&T has put a huge focus on wearable technology at their Developer Summit Hackathon that runs for 48 hours during CES. Usually the hackathon is for regular apps, but this year they have moved the focus from the standard applications over to the wearable ones, with a grand prize of $25,000 on the line.

On site AT&T will provide devices from Pebble, Wahoo, Samsung and various other wearable companies as well as offering developers Audrino boards and other pieces to make their own if they wish. 

In past years there have been tons of great ideas that come from the hackathon, so we are excited to see what the developers can do this year with the new category. With wearables becoming more and more popular it is great to see companies like AT&T getting behind them and pushing developers to get creative with the devices. Stay tuned to our coverage of the event and let's see what these developers are able to put together!

Source: AT&T, @PebbleDev

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1 year ago

Seiko Epson announces the smallest label printer for Android devices


Tiny printer gets packed with tons of great features

Ahead of their unveiling at CES, Seiko Epson has announced their latest label printer for Android devices, the LW-600P. Coming in at only 24mm this is the smallest and lightest label printer that is on the market. Using Bluetooth the LW-600P can easily connect to your Android smartphone or tablet, and the printer runs either via battery power or an AC plug if you can access one. Through the Epson iLabel application you will be able to take full advantage of the printer from your Android device in ways that we not possible before.

Some of the features that Epson is able to offer that previous label makers were not are

  • “True-view” label preview capability using the camera function to ensure labels perfectly match what’s on the screen
  • Handwriting mode for custom drawing or annotation of labels using the touch screen interface
  • Speech-to-text voice transcription and printing
  • In-app storage of created label for future use
  • Import of custom graphics such as symbols, logos and photographs to copy & paste onto labels for a more professional look or to add a personalized touch
  • Creation of QR code labels for content sharing or barcode labels for inventory management which can be scanned by third-party QR/barcode apps

In addition to these great features Epson offers the options to print labels on a large variety of different tape options. Whether you are looking to print personalized ribbons, create iron-on tags, print glow in the dark or reflective labels you can do it all from the portable LW-600P.  Epson has created an open-source development kit for the printer so you can easily create custom applications for your own business uses to make the printer work best for you.

Epson has made the printer available now for $99 with one roll of ribbon, or $123 for two rolls included, and they will be showing it off at CES. Be sure to stay tuned to for more as we cover CES as it all happens!

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1 year ago

Wikipad announces Gamevice Controller for Android devices


Turn your Android device into a full gaming machine with the Gamevice

Gaming has become extremely popular on mobile devices but one of the pain points is trying to figure out the varying controls of each game. Wikipad hopes to help solve that issue. The latest offering from Wikipad is a detachable controller that is very similar to a controller you would find on a gaming console. Once the Gamevice is placed on your Android device it transforms the phone into just a screen allowing all the controls to be moved off the screen.

To keep the feel of the Gamevice similar to a console controller Wikipad has added dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons so you will feel right at home.

Currently Wikipad is working on versions of the Gamevice for Android and Windows 8 devices, but they have not forgotten about the other platforms. They have stated that they will expand and announced additional support in the future for the other mobile OS's. Wikipad has said that the Gamevice is well underway and should launch for Android and Windows 8 devices at some point in 2014 but no specific time frame at this point.

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1 year ago

First look: The Air Dock wireless charger


This car dock has a great feature — wireless charging

Wireless charging is a great way to keep your phone battery topped off while it's not in your hands. Having a charger on your desk is really handy, and it makes the worries of battery life on today's big-screen phones just about nonexistent. But one place that really needs some wireless charging love in the car — and it's about to get some.

The folks at Air Dock have kicked off an Indiegogo campaign for what they call the world's best smartphone car charger, and after using it for a couple days I have to agree with them. If you use — and I mean really use — your phone in the car, for navigation, or phone calls, or as a music player or to entertain the passenger with a video or two, this is what you need. 

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1 year ago

Sony QX-series camera cases for Xperia Z Ultra unveiled


Lens camera cases for Z Ultra coming to Hong Kong in January

When Sony announces its QX10 and QX100 "lens camera" attachments for smartphones, it also debuted special attachment cases for the Xperia Z and Z1, allowing the accessories to be easily clipped to the back of the device. Now it seems there's one in the works for the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra too, as evidenced by reports from Engadget Chinese. The lens camera case for Sony's largest smartphone comes in black and white versions and will sell for HK$238 (around $30) when it launches in Hong Kong next month, the site reports.

Since the dimensions are the same, it's likely the case will also fit the Google Play edition Z Ultra, though there's no word on international availability just yet.

Source: Engadget Chinese; via: XperiaBlog

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1 year ago

Belkin releases an all new Miracast Video Adapter


Take content from your device to your TV with Belkin's new adapter

Belkin has just announced a brand new Miracast Video Adapter.  The adapter, the manufacturer claims, will allow you to stream content from your Android smartphone to your HDTV with virtually no setup. To get up and running all you will need to do is plug the new device in the back of the TV and start streaming from a supported device.

Features of the new unit, the F7D7501, include —

  • Mirrors smartphone screen onto HDTV to wirelessly display content
  • Full 1080p HD resolution for a full, rich picture
  • Plug-and-play installation and setup, connects directly to HDMI port
  • Small, compact design keeps it hidden in use
  • Compatible with Android devices running Android 4.2.x or higher

The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is available now, priced at $79.99, and Belkin will be hoping it'll fare better than competing Miracast adapters. Will you be purchasing one of these for yourself or a loved one? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Belkin

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Jerry's picks for 2013


A few things to make your Android experience even better

Everyone loves accessories for their Android phone or tablet. Maybe you need a case because you know you're going to abuse your new phone a little bit, or just want to try a different look. Or maybe you want some headphones or a speaker to get better sound from the little gadget that holds your music (or music subscription). Or, you found the perfect gadget to compliment your Android, and just had to have it.

We get it. Accessories for portable electronics are a huge business, and just about anything you can think of is out there waiting for you to buy it. We get a chance to look at a lot of them throughout the year, and each of us listed a few that we thought were standouts. Jump past the break and have a look at what I thought were the best accessories of the year.

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1 year ago

ARCHOS set to unveil series of connected devices at CES 2014


From Connected Home to Connected Self ARCHOS is bringing a ton of new products to CES 2014

This year at CES ARCHOS plans to take the wrapping off even more connected objects for Android devices. With everyone looking to automate their lives and control anything they can from their devices ARCHOS has some big plans for the upcoming year. Connected Home is one of the newest things from ARCHOS and this brings a ton of features and functionality right into one place.

Whether accessing through the Android application, or a customized 7 inch tablet that they have designed to sell, you will be able to program various tasks for different scenarios. Some examples would be turning on a light, recording video, or both as soon as one of the motion sensors is triggered. ARCHOS has designed these Bluetooth Low Energy devices with some serious style and kept the size of them extremely small, so they won’t become eyesores in your home. Some of the devices they will have available will be a mini cam, movement tag, motion ball, weather tag and a smart plug.

In addition to Connected Home ARCHOS plans to unveil a Weather Station at CES which will give weather information about the indoors and outdoors. The Weather Station will be able to provide CO2 levels, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure levels and much more.

To make the leap into the personal fitness space ARCHOS has planned a few new connected health devices as well. As a brain to all their fitness stuff they will have a Connected Self Application which all the accessories will report information to. With a blood pressure monitor, connected scale and an activity tracker ARCHOS hopes that you will go all in with their systems.

With CES just a week away it won’t be long until we get to check all of these out for ourselves, so stay tuned for more information right from the show floor!

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Andrew's picks for 2013


The best add-ons that kept our devices charged, safe and productive

Being into smartphones is about more than just the phones themselves. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone that has a phone and hasn't gone out and purchased a case, wireless charger, headphones or some kind of other accessory. The editors here at Android Central are fortunate enough to have access to a good number of accessories for review, so we end up buying the ones that work for us.

While it isn't a long or flashy list, these are my top five accessories that I used throughout the year of 2013. Hit the break and see what I keep around for my devices this year.

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1 year ago

Editors' top accessories: Alex's picks for 2013


Top accessories for the past year

Looking at picking up something to complement your new Android phone over the holidays? The AC editors been using a whole bunch of different smartphone accessories without our devices in the past twelve months, and each of us have selected five of our favorites to round off 2013.

I'm kicking things off with a couple of cases, some replacement back covers, an essential wireless charging add-on and one of our favorite wearables of the moment. Check past the break to get started!

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1 year ago

Save 20% on Android accessories during the ShopAndroid.com Year-End Sale!


Santa not bring you the Android goodies you were hoping for this Christmas? No worries, because from now until Dec. 30 you can buy them for yourself from — and save big while doing it!

You can save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Year-End Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code END13 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

Be sure to take advantage of the savings while they last. And have a Happy Holiday season!

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