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1 year ago

LG Nexus 5 2015 design gets shown off again by a case maker

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Following the first live image of the LG Nexus 5 2015, new images of cases for the said-to-be upcoming phone have surfaced as well. Recently, renders based off the blueprints for accessory manufacturers showed off a general feel for the phone, and the newly leaked image and this case seem to point towards the same design.

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1 year ago

A quick look at the Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones

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Moto Pulse

Along with three new smartphones, Motorola at its annual products event last month dropped a couple new Bluetooth kits on us. This one's the Moto Pulse, an over-the-ear set that brings decent sound without burning a hole in your wallet.

Let's take a look. (And for those of us on this side of the keyboard, a listen.)

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1 year ago

Gadgets of the week: JayBird X2 earbuds, Coolest cooler and more!

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Ready for another fresh batch of Android gear?

Every weekend, we pore over the latest connected home, wireless audio, and mobile accessory releases and show off the best of the best. This go-around, JayBird launched the latest version of their sporty Bluetooth headphones this week, and the greatest cooler known to man has an ungodly pricetag. Dig in to read more of our favorite gadgets to hit shelves this week.

READ MORE: the best Android gadgets of the week!

JayBird X2

$180 Buy

JayBird has a great reputation for super-light wireless headphones, and their latest set bumps things up a notch in terms of comfort, sound quality, and style. The JayBird X2 has a wide range of new color options are available, too. You'll still get 8 hours of playback, and be able to subject the buds to sweat without any problem whatsoever. Pick these up if you're having trouble enjoying your tunes while at the gym.

iHome iSP5 Smartplug

$40 Buy

For those looking to beef up their home automation, iHome released a new wall plug called the iSP5 that plays nice with Android and Apple HomeKit. Using the app, you can remotely turn on or off any connected appliance, set schedules for them to flip later, and organize scenes that activate multiple Smartplugs at once. You won't have to get a separate router for this to work, just connect it to your existing Wi-Fi router. Though other systems like Belkin WeMo are out there, iHome's family of products promises to grow in the future.

YONO Fertility Friend

$100 Buy

One particularly interesting Kickstarter project went live this week that aims to ease along the baby-making process. A big part of figuring out times of maximum fertility is determining basal temperature, that is, the lowest temperature a woman's body reaches. This nifty earplug called YONO reads that temperature during sleep, pairs it with a mobile app, which then offers suggestions for when to take a crack at conceiving. Though very niche, this is an interesting take on helping couples overcome important challenges. YONO Fertility Friend earbuds are expected to start shipping in November.

Coolest Cooler

$485 Buy

For those that need to go absolutely overboard at their beach outings, barbecues, and tailgating, this cooler is the way to go. The Coolest doesn't just keep your beers chilly. There's also a blender for mixed drinks. There's a built-in Bluetooth speaker. There's a USB port to charge your phone or other gadgets. There's a bottle opener. It's also crazy expensive, but it will be the end-all-be-all cooler of your every summer from here on out. Take a deep breath and get one of these if your summers are full of cold drinks outside.

Spigen Wallet case for Note 5

$21 Buy

If you're sold on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you'll probably want to get it covered. Spigen has made some great cases in the past, and they had one available for the Note 5 right after the announcement. The simple and stylish wallet case lets you carry around three cards and some cash inside the front cover while the magnetic clip keeps everything cozy when closed. When the case is open, it can prop up your Note 5 as a stand. Check out our hands-on with Spigen's S6 wallet case for an idea of what to expect. If you're hauling around a big phone anyway, you might as well double up on storage.

Your favorite new Android gadgets?

That's the best of the new stuff that we've been able to see. Notice any other exciting releases for your phone or tablet? Let us know below!

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1 year ago

Aukey 10,000mAh Dual-USB Power Bank with Quick Charge

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Compact and portable, Aukey's new 10,000mAh power bank sports 2 USB ports — 1 dedicated to Quick Charge.

I've had no reason to abandon my original Aukey single-USB Quick Charge power bank — which I use more often than I like to admit — until this new and improved backup became available. While the capacity of the internal lithium-polymer battery hasn't changed, the solo USB output has. Aukey's added an extra USB output to juice up 2 devices head to head.

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1 year ago

Android Central's back to school guide

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It's time to go back to school, and we'll make sure you're well-equipped.

For many students, it's time to hit the books again. Whether you're loading up for your first day at high school, finding your stride in college, or you're making the long haul in university graduate programs, we've got the best tech for back to school season right here.

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1 year ago

Of course the new Samsung phone keyboard has a parody Twitter account

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Because you haven't really made it anywhere in 2015 unless you've got someone pretending to be you.

Still, that's pretty funny.

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1 year ago

Samsung brings back the hardware keyboard for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+

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Samsung keyboard cover

There's a certain segment of smartphone users — and we're not judging here — who just have to have a hardware keyboard. (We hear you. We grew up on Treos and Droids and Motorola Q9s that all had buttons with letters on them. (Some of us even used ... what was it called ... Blackberry!) But hardware keyboards have mostly gone the way of the dinosaur — until today.

Samsung has a keyboard cover for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ (and soon the original Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as well) that brings the hardware keyboard back to the phablet family. It's a four-row deal, complete with hardware buttons for home, multitasking and back. It'll cost $80, and be available in black, silver and gold. It's capacitive, actually, so the keys strike down on part of the display. That means no Bluetooth connection, and it doesn't have a built-in battery or anything. Just a cover, and and keyboard.

The keyboard itself is detachable, so you can use the cover without blocking the bottom of the phone all the time. That's not a horrible tradeoff. Plus you get the added protection of a case and cover.

And perhaps most important is that Samsung remembered secondary functions, including symbols — and a dialer section.

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1 year ago

Best Buy is once again offering the HTC RE for only $99

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The HTC RE spends a lot of time on sale at Best Buy, but if you missed the previous sales, here's another chance. The retailer is once again offering the RE for only $99, a savings of $100 from the camera's regular price. Currently, all the colors are on sale, so you can select from white, blue or orange, depending on your preference.

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1 year ago

Quick car mounting with iBOLT's magDock 360

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The magDock 360 uses magnets to secure your device in place, even when things get bumpy.

I've used my fair share of car mounts, and all of them eventually end up back in their box and packed away where they'll most likely never be used again. Things I look for in a car mount: Low profile design, no extra cables to clutter up my dash, and a secure hold that doesn't leave my phone flying when I take a sharp turn. The iBOLT magDock has surprisingly met my criteria, and is even case-friendly.

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1 year ago

Back to School Sale: 20% off all accessories at ShopAndroid!

Load up on mobile essentials and stay ahead for semesters to come.

Starting today, you can save 20% on everything here at ShopAndroid you see fit for making planning, note-taking, and partying more efficient throughout the rest of school year. Stay powered up during those long days on campus with a trusty power bank, take notes with absolute precision with a quality stylus, and keep your go-to Android smartphone or tablet protected from the inevitable drop with a durable case.

To score your 20% savings, use coupon code: ABC15 at checkout to apply the discount to your entire cart. Our back to school sale is in session through midnight, August 18 — so don't be late!

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1 year ago

LG launches a Google Cast-compatible curved soundbar to go with your curved TV

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LG has launched a curved soundbar in its Music Flow series of connected audio equipment, dubbed the Music Flow HS8 Wireless Curved Sound Bar. Available in Europe starting next week, the HS8 houses a 4.1 channel speaker system with an output of 360W and is compatible with Google Cast.

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1 year ago

Hands-on the PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle

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Forget traditional candles. Now you can control colors and effects on just one, or an entire group of these LED Bluetooth candles.

I don't use candles often unless the power goes out or I'm enjoying some Frasier Fir scents during the holidays. The PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle has me considering different setups around my house where these mini lights would look best, and I'm certain that 1 just isn't enough for the full effect I'm after.

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1 year ago

Android gadgets of the week: D-Link Water Sensor, SmartPrompt Pan and more!

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We're hauling out the best Android gadgets of the week again! We're always on the lookout for the snazziest in wearables, smart home devices, cases, wireless speakers, and anything else that can connect to your phone or tablet. This go-around, D-Link has a new way of letting you know when your basement's flooding, and a new frying pan on Indiegogo pings your phone when you're ruining dinner. Take a look!

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ may have a keyboard case option

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Samsung is pretty close to making the Galaxy S6 edge+ official, but that doesn't mean that the leaks stop. The latest, which comes from evleaks, shows the phone sporting a keyboard case. That's right, a case that adds hideous physical keys to what could potentially be an otherwise beautifully designed phone.

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1 year ago

Five Samsung Galaxy Note 5 cases to check out early

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If you're not going naked, these Galaxy Note 5 cases are worth a looksy.

Sure, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't here yet, but there's nothing wrong with ogling the cases up for grabs this early in the game. As we've seen before, OEM options should start trickling out soon enough including a new S-View cover. Right now, though, let's take a look at some cases for Galaxy Note 5 already available that look great and have stood strong on previous devices.

READ: Five Samsung Galaxy Note 5 cases to check out early

Spigen Slim Armor Case

It's the popular dual-layer defender making its return for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The Spigen Slim Armor case packs its air cushion technology on each corner and features a built-in kickstand for convenient viewing when you see fit. The smooth polycarbonate shell of this cover looks great in any color, too. You can expect there to be cutouts for the Note 5's S-Pen, and charging/auxiliary ports. The gunmetal option is currently the cheapest, but you can also pick from champagne gold, metal slate, and violet for an extra 10 bucks.

Buy from Amazon ($15)

Ringke Slim Crystal Case

We love clear cases, especially on devices that deserve to sport their original looks. The Ringke Slim Crystal Case snaps on around the Galaxy Note 5 for casual protection against scratches and impacts. The tapered lip on the front promises to keep your display elevated on any flat surface. You'll find access to all your Note 5's features and it even comes bundled with an HD screen protector. If the clear isn't for you, the Ringke Slim also comes in solid gold and black options.

Buy from Amazon ($10.99)

OBLIQ Thin Fit Bumper Case

Bumper cases are some of our favorite covers for their ability to leave bulk out of the picture while providing just enough protection. The OBLIQ Thin Fit Bumper does just that, and comes in a handful of different color combinations to choose from. Each cover is airbrushed for a unique look and leaves complete access to the Note 5's camera, ports and buttons.

Buy from Amazon ($9.99)

Spigen Case Wallet

We had to toss in a flip case for good measure. Spigen's Case Wallet is designed to house your Galaxy Note 5 inside with a slim polycarbonate shell, while the synthetic leather exterior keeps the rest covered. You've got a few storage slots to keep your cards in, as well as a larger slot behind those for cash. Keeping it all together is a secure magnetic closure. A solid option for consolidating the basics for a night out.

Buy from Amazon ($16)

Ringke REBEL Extreme Case

Last up is the Ringke REBEL, a rugged TPU case for the Galaxy Note 5 that's more than adequate for absorbing those harsher impacts and adding excellent grip. The unique patterns on the back and edges of this case are designed to reduce drops without feeling overly bulky. There aren't any port covers to battle with, which is nice — leaving easy access to everything the Note 5 has to offer.

Buy from Amazon ($7.99)

Your favorite Galaxy Note 5 cases

That's our list of cases for the Galaxy Note 5 that look great for the grabbin's as we wait for the official launch. What cases are you most looking forward to getting your hands on? Let us know in the comments below.

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