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2 months ago

Automatic opens the door to developers as new hardware hits the road

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Automatic has released the first hardware upgrade for their smart driving assistant. They have also released an SDK for developers, along with a gallery of applications compatible with their hardware.

Automatic has introduced the second generation of its smart driving assistant hardware, which allows you to stream data over Bluetooth to the Automatic app and a third-party app at the same time.

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2 months ago

This is the ASUS Zenfone 2 flip case

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You can't have a new phone these days without having a flip case for it. It's the law. (Or something.) And ASUS has a brand-new one for its brand-new Zenfone 2. It's of the circle variety, so you'll get a clock face when the cover is closed. Open the cover and you're right there in the phone UI, as you'd expect for this sort of thing.

You get more than just the clock, of course. The flip case also gives you quick access to the calendar and flashlight, will show whether the phone is charging — and you can even take a picture without having to open it.

The flip case will be available at the same time as the phone — which is to say, basically starting now — and it'll run $39.99.

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2 months ago

First look at the ASUS Lolliflash

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ASUS Lolliflash

How many times have you taken a selfie and wished you had a dual-LED flash that sort of looks like the business end of a lollipop sticking out of the 3.5mm head phone jack of your phone, ready to better light your face to give you more natural skin tones? Surely it must have happened once, right? No?

No matter. ASUS has you covered with the new Lolliflash. (Go on, say it in your head three or four times.)

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2 months ago

Speck CandyShell Card Case for Galaxy S6

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Protect your Galaxy S6 from nasty impacts while storing cash and cards on the back for quick, easy access.

When we think of personal storage within a phone cover, flip cases are usually the first things that come to mind. With Speck's CandyShell Card Case, you can enjoy that same storage, without needing an extra flap to get in the way. After a week with this hybrid case and the Galaxy S6, I was able to conclude the pros and cons of using this style cover, and will likely use it again.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi to test the waters in US, UK, France and Germany with new 'beta' store on May 19

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Xiaomi will be opening a Mi Store 'beta' on May 19 for the US, UK, Germany and France, as they test the waters to expand even further.

Starting May 19, Xiaomi is going to begin a slow expansion into some new areas with a beta version of their Mi Store. The company posted on Facebook earlier that they would be making a limited number of accessories available to customers to see how things go.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with Seidio's TETRA Pro Metal Bumper Case for Galaxy S6

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Taking the traditional bumper case and souping it up with CNC-machined aluminum is a bold move, but is the upgrade practical?

I've never been a huge fan of bumper cases in the past, but after hearing about Seidio's TETRA Pro for the Galaxy S6, I had to see what it was all about. Combining shock absorbent TPU with an aluminum bumper could either be really smart or a huge flop, because what's the most attractive feature of a bumper case? Its simple, yet protective design and slim form.

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2 months ago

Go4D C1-Glass — a compact Google Cardboard partner with large screen support

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Google Cardboard

One of the more interesting partners in Google's "Works with Cardboard" program is minimal, inexpensive, and ready for bigger screens.

Google Cardboard may have started out as a 20% project, but in less than a year things have grown considerably. New apps with Cardboard support hit the Play Store on a weekly basis now, and Google's hardware partnerships have extended the project from a quirky DIY setup to a competent micro-VR platform.

Of all the accessories shown off when Google first announced their "Works with Cardboard" partnerships, the Go4D C1-Glass stood out as one of the more curious offerings, due largely to how different the design was from the Gen 1 Cardboard units handed out at Google I/O last year. It turns out this is one of the better Cardboard offerings out there, and not just for folks with phones that don't fit in the sleeve of your standard foldable VR accessory.

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2 months ago

Galaxy S6 accessory roundup — Enter to win a case for your Galaxy S6!

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Check out which Galaxy S6 accessories we've had our hands on and enter to win the case of your choice from ShopAndroid.

We've spent some time covering accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S6 these past few weeks — from cases to wireless chargers — seeing what products not only keep us safe from from drops and scratches, but also manage to stay practical for most users. Our favorites of the bunch include Aukey's 10k Portable Battery Quick Charger for its snappy charging speeds and the Body Glove Satin Case for its slim form and excellent grip. Jump past the break to get a closer look at a few and find out how to become eligible to win a new case for your Galaxy S6.

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2 months ago

Lynk wants to add a physical component to mobile security and theft protection

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Securing your mobile experience is all about using what works for you, and lynk adds a potentially compelling option to the mix.

There are plenty of way to make your Android device more secure, but balancing usability with security is a constant problem to be dealt with. The folks behind lynk have created a physical option for tech savvy users who aren't usually far from their phone. It's a Bluetooth beacon capable of acting as an NFC proxy, with an app that acts as a password manager and helps you with an alarm system in case you've misplaced your phone. On top of all these promises, lynk claims multiple months of battery life.

It's an impressive laundry list of things to be capable of, and if it works even half as well as the demonstration video claims this could be an enticing option for users interested in new forms of device security.

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2 months ago

Body Glove Satin Case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Featuring a brushed aluminum texture, Body Glove's Satin Case isn't your average skin cover — it's made to take a beating and resist bacteria.

Skin covers are vital for proper protection — serving as the backbone for many cases for the Galaxy S6. Their job of absorbing impacts and enhancing grip around your device can't be matched, unless doubled with a polycarbonate shell. Body Glove's Satin Case, however, does the job all on its own while keeping a reasonably slim form.

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2 months ago

Fingers on with the Neo Smartpen N2

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Neo Smartpen N2

NeoLAB has an Android-friendly pen that lets you bring your physical notes into the digital world.

The line between digital and physical gets blurrier every day, but for some folks you can't get rid of either. Taking notes is a perfect example — even though Google has an amazing new handwriting recognition keyboard, for some folks there's no replacement for a real pen and a pad of paper. The Neo Smartpen N2 gives you both by providing a physical pen that can record strokes. While this is not a new concept, the ability to sync with your phone and the app that processes everything is one of the better experiences out there today.

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2 months ago

Best cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Best Cases for Galaxy Note 4

There are a vast number of cases for the Galaxy Note 4 out there, but we've narrowed down the top 5 that have made the biggest impression with our staff and community.

Since the initial release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we've covered a variety of protective covers including the Seidio SURFACE Case, Case-Mate Naked Tough Case, and the Samsung S-View Flip Cover — just to name a few. Although those particular cases haven't made the cut for the top 5, they each have their unique qualities that make them excellent cases for the Galaxy Note 4.

Our selections here are based on personal favorites from the staff here at Android Central, along with the fantastic folks in the Note 4 forums. Dive in past the break for the complete lineup.

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2 months ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for HTC One M9

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Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Designed for those who need extra grip to prevent the slip, the CandyShell Grip Case for the M9 packs plenty of flavor without bulking your device's waistline.

It's been a while since I've sported anything from Speck, and using this dual-layer case on the M9 makes me appreciate that they're still keeping it simple without skimping on design or quality. Unlike our recent run with Qmadix's X-Series Cover, the CandyShell Grip has complete fusion going on, blending both its sleek polycarbonate frame and smooth TPU.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with Belkin's Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Belkin joins the wireless charging club with their new Qi charging pad that sports a contemporary design with a couple extras.

We're always trying new products in the realm of wireless charging, finding what stands out in design and functionality. This latest addition from Belkin meets the 1A charging standard but doesn't scream originality with its looks.

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3 months ago

Samsung Wallet Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note Edge

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When it comes to first-party cases, Samsung knows how to do it right.

You can always spot a Samsung phone due to its distinctive styling (particularly with the Note Edge), and when you put one of Samsung's own cases on the phone it doesn't muddy the waters. Samsung's flip cases are just as easy to spot as the devices, and the Wallet Flip Cover for the Note Edge is no exception.

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