TalkAndroid at E3: Nox Audio Gives Us a New Look at Android…In a Headset?

It’s no secret that here at TalkAndroid we love us some Android. We love the hottest, newest, coolest Android toys. Phones, tablets, rumors of radio-free mp3 players…we love them all. But honestly, for an open source platform, we’ve seen very little outside of phones and tablets. Where else might Android choose to reside? How about a headset? According to Nox Audio, it’s a perfect fit.

Confused? So was I when I got the meeting invite. “Android? In a headset? Intriguing.” I was interested to see how well it worked. The initial demo was pretty cool…dual speakers for each ear, shown off in a Playstation game and a great Blu-ray presentation. It sounded great, gave a very effective surround sound experience. Helpfully, they could also be removed and pivoted and placed around your shoulders, in which they operate in speaker capacity. But then comes the touchscreen.

The Admiral Touch is still in pretty early development. The touchscreen isn’t finished, but it’s running a very stripped-down version of Android 2.1, customized for the tiny, tiny screen. Nox is creating their own internet-streaming music source (because Pandora, so far, is insistent upon screens of certain sizes and resolutions, so they had to develop their own) that will integrate with already excellent sound and interface, to give you what you want, when you want it. Albeit a bit bulky, they’re shooting to be the ideal sound experience for any situation…and actually doing a decent job. Looking to launch, hopefully, by the end of the year, the Admiral Touch doesn’t yet have a price tag, but has a nice stat sheet. And on top of it all, it’s probably the most creative use of Android we’ve seen thus far.

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