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2 years ago

Hands-on with Cobra JoyRide and Tag apps

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Vehicle security manufacturer Cobra brought along its Android fare to CES, and we took the JoyRide and Tag systems for a quick spin here at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

JoyRide is a slick little car-dock app that pairs with a 12-volt charger. At its heart, JoyRide is a highly customizable car app. You can set what you want to happen when you plug in your phone -- say, launch Google Maps Nav. Or when you unplug your phone -- say, record your current positions so you can find your car later. Or, you can tell it what to do when you press the lighted button on the 12-volt charger -- say, direct you to the nearest In and Out burger. It's slick stuff, and it's built using the Android Open Accessories protocol that Google announced last May at Google IO -- one of the first accessories we've seen to do so.

Then there's the Tag system. It's a smart key fob that will help you keep track of your keys, laptop, children or pets -- anything you attach it to. Separate the two, and you're alerted either on the phone, or the fob, depending on which one you lost. The companion app is nicely done and full of features, and it all costs about $60. Money well spent.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Kogeto iCONIC for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Only just a few days ago we learned that Kogeto, the maker of a panoramic lens for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S was planning on announcing their iCONIC lens which was being made for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The software is not fully finished for the Galaxy Nexus as of now so we did have to jump on the iPhone to show how the application functions and exactly what you can expect.

As you can see the device is actually a case that clips on the back of the device and once the application is launched you can begin to record. Once the recording begins you lay the device flat and sit back while it captures 360 degrees of video. After you are finished recording you can watch the application or share it to your favorite social network where your friends and family can share the same 360-degree view that you captured. Hit the break for a few more images and a video demo.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Motorola's Televation

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Motorola made it clear before CES even kicked off that this year's focus would be on connecting your entire home, or "staying unplugged." This morning we got a look at Motorola's approach to making live television accesible in every room: Televation.

It's a handy little system that differs a bit from what we've seen from other manufacturers: instead of streaming content from your main TV, Televation brings cable subscription right to your Xoom or Xyboard tablet. That means that you'll be able to choose what show you want to watch directly from your tablet, as your device will have its own dedicated cable feed. Everything is wireless, and it'll work as long as you've got a WiFi connection. It's built for Moto tablets, but big M says that it's working on making the system available on different manufacturer's device.

If you're still hooked on live TV and prefer appointment viewing to Netflix, Hulu, and DVR, this might be what you've been waiting for.

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2 years ago

Seagate and Verizon introduce LTE enabled wireless storage

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Seagate and Verizon will show off an LTE enabled wireless storage device today at CES.  As part of the GoFlex Satellite line, the device not only allows network streaming and storage via Wifi, but with LTE enabled users can download content directly to the device or use it as a hot-spot for up to three other devices. 

This sounds like the perfect companion for your Wifi only Android tablet on those long road trips.  We'll drop by and have a closer look to get all the details.  The press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Kogeto brings panoramic video to Android with the iCONIC

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We've seen our fair share of camera enhancements over the past years, but most of them seem to focus on the still camera end instead of the video camera, until Kogeto. At CES Kogeto is planned to officially announce the Kogeto iCONIC which is an attachment that allows the device to capture panoramic video. Unfortunately the iCONIC is releasing initially for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and more devices to follow, as long as they capture 1080P video. Previously only available for the Apple iPhone it is great to see the expansion, and we look to getting our hands-on time with one of these in Las Vegas!

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Cobra bringing more Android-related accessories into vehicles at CES

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Cobra Electronics, probably best known for its radar detectors and vehicle security systems, is bringing a couple new pieces of Android kit to CES next week in Las Vegas.

First up is the Cobra Tag G5. It's an improvement on what you see above -- a "smart" key fob with companion app that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. If they get too far away from each other, an alarm sounds. It uses the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) standard for an expected life of at least six months when connected to a phone. (Ed note: Whoa.)

And then there's the Cobra JoyRide for Android. It pairs up Cobra's charging accessory and is basically a car mode app. It'll initiate phone calls or voice commands, share road hazard information and live police info, serve as a music app and launch other applications.

We'll be on the ground in Las Vegas to check it all out. See our complete CES coverage here.

Source: Cobra

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2 years ago

It's not just Google TV ... it's LG's 3D Google TV

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Just when we thought we were done with the 3D thing, LG and Google TV drag us back in. Google announced LG as a new Google TV partner today, and LG responded with its own release that shows us the TV you see above.  Looks like it's got a tweaked version of the UI we're currently enjoying with Honeycomb on GTV. And the display itself uses the kind of 3D glasses that don't have to be plugged in. (Aka the lesser of two evils.)

LG's TV will come with a "Magic Remote Qwerty," which we assume is code for a keyboard/remote combo. We'll get our first real look first thing Monday morning. Be sure to join us.

Source: LG

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire getting their own docking stations in February

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Some interesting accessory news coming out of the Interwebs for the recently released Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire today. The folks over at Readerdock have come up with some pretty sweet looking  new docks for both devices which they're due to launch in February. 

The "N-Station" will also be compatible with the Nook Color, hardly surprising given they're practically identical, and will come complete with a pair of speakers and a charging port and will hold the device at various angles. 

The "Firestation" is the similiarly featured version designed for the Kindle Fire. Both will be available to pre-order some time this month, being due to commence shipping in mid-February. 

via The Digital Reader

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic accessories contest!


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It's a little early for spring cleaning, but that doesn't mean we can't find a few gems laying around. And that brings us to today's contest, which is only for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic. We've got a bevy of accessories with someone's name on them, just waiting to be packaged up and sent out. Check the video above for instructions. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Another look at the Galaxy Nexus car dock and HDMI station

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Following on from our first look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus's "navigation vehicle mount", mobile blog TheUnwired has a new walkthrough of the official Samsung version for the GSM Nexus, along with the new portrait-orientation charging dock with HDMI port. Unlike Verizon's vehicular mounting annex car dock, the Samsung version magically transforms the phone into car mode, with an appropriately rotated launcher, and quick settings buttons in the notification dropdown. You also get easier charging, thanks to the use of the gold charging contacts on the side of the device.

Both docking stations are expected to arrive during the first quarter of the year. More pics can be found over at the source link.

Source: TheUnwired

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2 years ago

And the winner of the Sonos prize pack is ...

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Drumroll, please.The winner of the Sonos End of Year Rockin' Giveaway, with prizes including a Sonos Play:3 and a Play:5 as well as a brand new Kindle Fire is....

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Rebtel credits, Body Glove Icon case

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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 shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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2 years ago

Get an Android for Christmas? Need help with your Android? Here's where to start!

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So you found a new Android phone under your tree this year did you?  Welcome to the family, we're glad you're here, and you picked the right place to visit.  We understand all the options and choices can be a bit overwhelming if you're new to smartphones in general, or switching from another platform.  We have you covered, and here's a great set of resources to get you started.

  • Android forums: Most times the answers you want and need come from people just like you -- Android users.  You'll find out forums full of helpful and friendly people, who also know their stuff when it comes to Android devices. 
  • Help and Tips: When your new phone or tablet can do so much, sometimes it's hard to figure out the how and where.  These handy tips will get you pointed in the right direction so you can begin to make things you own.
  • Accessories: Looking for a case to protect your new phone?  Or maybe you want a spare battery or a new data cable?  We have you covered at the Android Central store. 
  • Applications: Android has about half a million apps, and sorting through them all is impossible.  We can help -- we look at more than a few and let you know about the ones we're particularly fond of.  Check it out!
  • And finally, our own forums adviser milominderbinder has the ultimate resource for any Android user in his Getting Started With Android post.  It's legendary, and we're darn lucky to have him around.  Be sure to have a read -- I promise you'll learn something. 
  • The Android Dictionary:  You're going to see a lot of terminology you may not understand, and we've got a great reference here for you.  Bookmark this one.

You're in for a treat with your new Android powered device, and you can always count on us to steer you right.  Settle in, and enjoy yourselves!

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2 years ago

What Android gifts did you receive this year?

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The gift-giving season is winding down to a close, and we're all enjoying the time with our loved ones, warm holiday comfort foods, and maybe some cool Android goodies.  Did you get a new Android phone?  Or a tablet?  Maybe you got a Google TV unit of some sort or another, or your stocking was full of accessories.  Sound off and share with us (we're like your extended Android family) to let everyone know what great stuff you got this year. 

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2 years ago

Motorola ACTV rooted -- this is why we can't have nice things, and we love it

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The Motorola ACTV (read our review of the Android powered watch thingy here) has been rooted.  While this registers a solid 11 on the awesome-meter, we really shouldn't be that surprised -- it's running Android, and by now all the evil scientists Android hackers know their way around things and nothing running Google's OS is safe.  But I still have to sit and smile because not only is there a fitness meter/music player/watch that runs Android, but now it can be hacked, too.  Damn nice work, CMW.

What's really cool about this one is the way it was rooted.  CMW was able to exploit the OTA update code and files, extract a copy of the boot image, and enable adb in it.  Flash it through fastboot (the ACTV's bootloader isn't locked), connect via adb and run a standard exploit against the system.  He gives full instructions at his site, and even has a link to a set of Google apps that will run on the 1.6-inch ACTV.  If Santa dropped a Motorola ACTV in your stocking this morning, or if you're just the curious type, have a look at the link below.

Source: cmwdotme

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