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2 years ago

Accessory review: Xperia Play DK300 multimedia dock

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Desk clutter is always something to be avoided, and smartphone stands have long been a great way to stop expensive chunks of technology from getting getting in your way as you go about your business. Alongside the Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Sony Ericsson has launched the DK300 multimedia dock, which keeps your Play safely locked in place, while adding some interesting new functionality.

Physically, the DK300's glossy plastic shell matches the look of the Xperia Play. On the whole, it looks good, though like anything made out of shiny black plastic, it's a magnet for fingerprints, smudges and dust. The Xperia Play drops into the DK300 in landscape orientation, and its micro-USB and headphone jack ports lock it in place. Once the phone detects the DK300, it switches into "nightstand" mode, giving you a large clock and weather display, alongside links to the gallery, music and alarm apps, as well as the launcher.

Around the back of the dock, you'll find an additional micro-USB port and headphone jack, allowing you to easily hook up the Xperia Play to a charger, computer or external speakers. Thanks to the fact that the dock works in landscape orientation, you're free to play back video content as well as music, though gaming using the built-in gamepad is probably out of the question.

Our only real beef with the DK300 is its RRP, which is definitely a on the steep side at £29.99 (~$45). However, if you shop around you'll be able to pick one up for as little as £15 (~$23). If you do, you'll find it's a great way to extend the multimedia capability of your Xperia Play, while making charging a little easier and freeing up surface space.

Join us after the jump for more photos of the DK300 multimedia dock for Xperia Play.

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2 years ago

Gogo Inflight finishing up its Android app, gives us a tease

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If you're up in the air anywhere near as much as we are, you've likely used Gogo Inflight to get online at 30,000 feet. We've long been awaiting a proper Android app, and it looks like we're closing in on takeoff. (Plane pun No. 1.) Until now, if you wanted to use your Android device on Gogo's network, you'd have to wing it (pun No. 2) and sign in with the mobile browser. It works, but far from a smooth ride (pun No. 3). This app should make things much easier.

For now, we've just got this teaser pic on Facebook. But keep your eyes to the sky (pun No. 4) for the app to be released soon.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Verizon ED05 update now available for Samsung Fascinate owners

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Unless you've managed to wrangle your way into a new device from Verizon, you've no doubt been dealing with some bugs on your Samsung Fascinate. The previously mentioned ED05 update that fixes the incoming call and various other bugs is now available for download through system updates. Still, it may worthwhile to give Verizon a call and see about getting a refurbished Droid X2, Incredible 2 or Droid Charge. Unless you're quite fond of your Samsung Fascinate -- in which case, you should just grab the update.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Herb!

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2 years ago

Video gives an early look at ASUS' EeePad Slider

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ASUS has already seen widespread success with its EeePad Transformer, but up until now we haven't seen much of the device that launched alongside it -- the EeePad Slider. Today, Romanian blog ImiDoresc.ro has published a short video presentation featuring a prototype of the Honeycomb tablet, showing off its trademark slide-out keyboard and software, based on Android 3.1.

Join us after the jump to check out the video. The EeePad Slider is due to launch in Europe this Fall, having recently been delayed past its original August release window. Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you'd prefer a device like the Slider over the traditional slab of glass.

Source: ImiDoresc.ro. Thanks, lau!

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2 years ago

Nyan Cat Android live wallpaper

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No need to thank us. Just doing our jobs here. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

June Nielsen numbers show Android atop OS heap

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Android is the top operating system in the United States, according to June data just released by Nielsen. Android hold a 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market, with iOS coming in second with 28 percent and Blackberry in third with 20 percent. Bringing up the rear is WP7 with nine percent, and Symbian and WebOS with 2 percent each.

Though Android is the OS to beat, Apple still holds the title of top smartphone manufacturer, claiming all 28 percent of iOS's market share. Among the devices running Android, HTC holds a slim lead with 14 percent market share, followed by Motorola at 10 percent, Samsung at 8 percent, and all other manufacturers accounting for the remaining 6 percent. Hit the source link for the Nielsen's full press release.

Source: Nielsen

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2 years ago

Have an old busted phone? Win our new Motorola Droid 3!

Let's face it, there are a lot of you out there with the original Motorola Droid, and it's probably starting to look a little haggard. Tell you what: We're going to give one lucky person our (mostly) brand new Motorola Droid 3. And being the benevolent bloggers that we be, let's sweeten the deal. Here's what we'll do:

  • One lucky person will will our Motorola Droid 3. (You'll be on your own for Verizon's service, though.) And we'll throw in $50 worth of accessories from the Android Central Store, too, and an Android Central T-shirt, too.
  • One other lucky person's gonna get a $50 store certificate, plus a free Android Central T-shirt.
  • And three more of you will win Android Central T-shirts.

What do you have to do to win? Take a picture of your old and busted phone. Doesn't have to be a Motorola Droid. Could be any smartphone. Or, hell, a feature phone. So long as it's old and busted. (But don't go dragging your RAZR through the streets, ya dig?) Then head into the forums via the link below, and post your pic. We'll choose the winners at 5 p.m. EST Aug. 5, and announce 'em here on the blog.

It's a U.S. phone, of course, but we can ship T-shirts to a number of countries, so those of you outside the U.S. won't be left out. Now take your pics, and post 'em in the forums! Good luck!

Post your pic here to win a Motorola Droid 3!

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2 years ago

Sprint Premiere customers can now order Motorola Photon 4G

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What makes a Sprint Premiere customer a "premiere customer?" How's about the ability to order the Motorola Photon 4G a couple days before most peeps? Last week we saw a lucky member get his device a bit early, and we went hands on with it back at the Sprint event, but now the wait is over. Premiere customers can now place orders for the device, and it will be publicly available on July 31 for $199 on contract.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Logitech dropping the price of the Revue to $99

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After a disappointing financial year, Logitech will be dropping the price of its Google TV box, the Revue, from $249 to $99.

Sales declined 4 percent year over year while they reported an operating loss of $45 million compared to an operating income of $12 million just a year ago.

Due to this and the desire to get broader adoption of the Google TV platform, Logitech will drop the price drastically. This puts the device right in line with the Roku box and Apple TV.

If you've been holding out from buying Google TV due to price, you may want to hop on this deal from Logitech. Especially because we're expecting Honeycomb to hit the platform sometime this summer (see our first look from I/O), which should bring an abundance of apps to your TV. See the press release from Logitech after the break.

Source: Logitech

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2 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II pictured

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British online retailer MobileFun has what seems to be the first official photo of the white Samsung Galaxy S II that was revealed yesterday. The white version, which so far has only shown up for pre-order at stores in the UK, will set you back between £410 and £500 depending on where you go.

Euros can pick up a white Galaxy S II from August 15. As yet there's no word on whether the US models will be available in white in addition to the standard black. Our fingers remain firmly crossed.

Source: MobileFun; via: Eurodroid

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