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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

HTC One X Otterbox Commuter Hands-on

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While walking around visiting some of my favorite booths down here at CTIA I came across the Otterbox booth and decided to check and see if they happened to have anything new on display. Of course, front and center of the display was their new Commuter Series case for the HTC One X! Odds are that you have already seen an Otterbox case or a hundred before, so you know what they are all about, and this follows the same design principle. This two piece case has a silicon case underneath their hard shell, and the one I saw was in a rather stunning blue.

At first I was a bit fearful of the thought of adding a case to the device because it has such beautiful lines as it is, and I know folks who own the device wouldn't want to give that up. Otterbox has done an excellent job with this case in recreating the lines of the device through the case, and adding a lot of protection with little sacrifice. Hit the break with us to check out a couple more shots, and stay tuned for a full review!

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1 year ago

Contest Winners: ShopAndroid Daily winners and Cruzerlite Androidified cases for the Rezound!!

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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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1 year ago

Smartphone cases, orange goo, a hammer and a blogger's good hand

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This is a smartphone case. A TPU smartphone case, to be exact. You've seen them before. We sell 'em at <insert shameless plug> ShopAndroid.com.

Tonight at CTIA in New Orleans, I spent a few minutes with Tech21, which makes cases like this out of orange goo.

What does that have to do with a rubber mallet, my knuckles and some old-school justice? Find out after the break.

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