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3 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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3 years ago

Sizzlin' Summer Android Accessories Roundup

Grab the hottest summer accessories for your Android smartphone and tablet

As things heat up this summer, it's important that you keep your Android device cooled down with these great summer accessories available here at Android Central.  As we break in to this brief summer edition of Accessories Roundup, we'll be covering the most popular waterproof cases and wireless solutions to accommodate your Android smartphone or tablet.

Whether your going to the beach for a family vacation, a weekend deep-sea fishing trip or even just simply jogging the trails at your favorite park-- you'll want to make sure that your Android device is safe and secure from moisture, heat and all other elements that are presented to us during the hottest season of the year. 

Ready to get this party started?  Head past the break for more information on sweet summer accessories for your Android.

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review - Seidio Active Case for the EVO 3D [from the forums]

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Accessories are always an important part of owning any Android device, and keeping it protected while on the go is something that many of us look for as a must have. Usually, we are the ones doing the reviews, but this time forums member ATC Buckeye decided to take matters into their own hands and let us know their thoughts on the Seidio Active Case for their HTC EVO 3D, along with a bunch of pictures of the fit on the device. 

"This case solves one of the biggest problems with the EVO 3D. Without a case, the camera pod sticks out beyond the back of the phone, just asking to get scratched or cracked. Well, this case is the fix. It surrounds the camera pod and extends beyond it just a tad, so setting the phone down on its back doesn't cause the cameras to come in contact with anything. The cameras aren't actually covered, but the fact that they are now recessed is exactly what I was hoping for. As far as the rest of the phone goes, I'm confident this case will protect nicely against bumps, drops, etc, although I've done none of those things yet to actually test its shock protection abilities."

For the full review, along with the rest of the pictures be sure to hop in the forums and check out what ATC Buckeye has to say. If you have any accessories that you are using daily that you love and want others to know about, be sure to leave some words in our forums with your thoughts!

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3 years ago

LG Revolution Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your LG Revolution

 

Verizon's LG Revolution packs a punch with its LTE capabilities as well as its stunning 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for displaying media in a rich and crisp format.  However what we often overlook in terms of protection and stability for our device is the most crucial and can inevitably mean life or death for your LG Revolution.

The good news is that we've established a brief roundup of all of the most popular accessories for the LG Revolution based off of reviews from our customers here at Android Central as well as our loyal readers and expert team of Android enthusiasts.

Interested to see what all is in store for your LG Revolution smartphone? Check past the break for more of the good stuff.

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3 years ago

Droid 3 accessories leaked in inventory list

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While you're waiting for official word about the Motorola Droid 3, and tired of looking longingly at the Motorola Milestone 3, you can start thinking about what accessories you'll be picking up.  This leaked list from Verizon includes the inductive charging battery door, a 1930mAh extended battery, and a pair of docks -- one for multimedia and one for your car. 

Nothing we can do to hurry it to market, (July 13 anyone?) but it's nice to see that some accessories should be available, hopefully on day one.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster

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The Qmadix Snap-On cover for the HTC Thunderbolt is durable, slim, and easy to install case ideal for a basic level of protection. Qmadix leaves much of the Thunderbolt revealed while protecting the corners, back, and sides. It's easy-on/easy-off, with no snapping, pulling, jamming or contorting necessary.

It's ribbed surface gives you some confidence when you're pulling it out of your pocket-- one thing you can't call this case is slippery. One thing about the ridges, though, is a bit of bulk: you'll notice a thickness that the Barely There case lacks, but by no means is the Qmadix a porker. The case has a nice rubberized finished that makes it feel pretty great in hand.

The Qmadix cover comes with a holster that also looked and felt really nice. It too has ridges to match the cover, as well as a super-soft inner surface that's oh-so-gentle on your Thunderbolt's screen.

The Qmadix cover isn't going to cut it for the super clumsy, and the platicky holster isn't designed for mega impact. But if you're looking for a stylish cover that doesn't add much bulk and will protect your Bolt from the perils of your pocket, you'd be hard pressed to complain about Qmadix. Hit the break for a few more pics.

The Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster for the HTC Thunderbolt is on sale now in the Android Central store for $24.95.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Case-Mate Barely There case

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Case-Mate has a pretty good reputation for making solid, affordable smartphone cases, and its Barely There case for the HTC Thunderbolt is no exception. It offers protection from scratches, dings, and other miscellaneous boo-boos in a slim, stylish form factor.

The Barely There case lives up to its name-- covering only the back and corners of the Thunderbolt, the case is noticeably skimpier than the competition. This isn't necessarily a bad thing: Barely There looks great, and adds almost no distinguishable heft or girth to the smartphone. I love how simple it is to apply and to remove the case-- there's no voodoo here, and you're not going to kill yourself trying to pry this thing off. This simplicity comes with a downside, though, as one solid drop to the floor will send the Barely There case flying off your phone. If you're a true klutz, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for some added style for your Thunderbolt and aren't worried about maximum protection, the Barely There case is a slim, lightweight, and durable choice. It comes in your choice of Black, Pink, and Metallic Silver, all of which look really nice on the Bolt. The Barely There case is on-sale now in the Android Central store for $17.95.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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I hate making decisions. I'm one of those people that when given the choice between hard ice cream and soft-serve, I have a panic attack. I love all ice cream! How is someone supposed to make that choice? So whenever there's an opportunity for me to choose “both” instead of one or the other, I jump on it. No, this isn't an advertisement for Dairy Queen. This is a review of the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC Thunderbolt. Why choose between hard and soft when you could have both?

Let's break it down, after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Trident Cyclops Series

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If you're looking to strike the perfect balance between full-phone protection and still maintaining a slim phone, the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G are the way to go. You're still getting all of the dust and particle-covering rubber that you get from some other offerings (like the Seidio CONVERT Combo) but without the same bulk and heft that mandates it goes on a belt holster.

The Trident Cyclops Series actually comes in two parts: the hard, plastic shell that surrounds your phone, and the rubberized skin that goes around the outside edges of the shell. The rubber feels fine in hand, and that's where you're actually getting all of your dust rejection powers. The rubber skin covers all of the open ports on the phone as well as volume rocker and power button, ensuring nothing gets in.

One of the cooler features of this case is that it comes with a built-in screen protector, not unlike the Otterbox Defender line of cases. When the phone is in the case, you can't even tell there's a thin plastic screen separating you from your phone's screen, but if you're anal like me, you'll be spending a lot of time trying to make sure there's no dust on the phone and the screen protector before finally locking your EVO inside.

Best part? You don't lose access to your kickstand! That might sound silly, but I use my kickstand often, so getting to keep my phone massively protecting and getting to flip out my kickstand at a moment's notice is too sweet a deal for me. You can pick up the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G in the Android Central Store for $32.95.

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3 years ago

Get your Vizio tablet screen protector at Walmart, while you wait for your Vizio tablet

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We already know that Walmart is going to be stocking the upcoming Vizio 8-inch tablet in their stores, but seeing accessories already on the shelf is always welcomed.  In this case, you can grab the Griffin screenkit (which appears to be a screen protector and a microfiber cloth) for the Vizio tablet and look lovingly at it while you're waiting for the tablet itself to turn up in the next aisle.  Of course if you're Blake Griffin, you probably have these on your own shelf, next to your own Vizio tablet.

via the Android Central app

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