If you’re planning on plunking down a few hundred on either the newly announced Tab S 8.4 or Tab S 10.5 then you may want to consider looking for some accessories for the new tablets. Samsung has you covered too. Simply named Bluetooth Keyboard, Book Cover and Simple Cover you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Availability and pricing are unknown though.
Now that the Galaxy Tab S is officially outed, we’ll start to see an outpouring of accessories for the device.
First up is an offering from Logitech — it’s called the Logitech Type-S, specifically made for the Tab S. It’s Bluetooth enabled, has well-spaced keys, has Android shortcuts and versatile viewing positions. The battery is pretty impressive, as it can last up to 3 months on a single charge. It’s also water-repellant.
The keyboard will go on sale later this month in the U.S., Europe and select countries in Asia for a suggested retail price of $99.99. Hit the break for the presser.
Starbucks already offers WiFi access points for customers, but it looks like they’re going a step further and adding another technological convenience to their stores in the US: wireless charging mats. Duracell and Starbucks have made a joint announcement that they’ll be rolling out Duracell Powermat Spots that will be designated areas or tables where you can simply drop your (wireless charging-capable) device to juice up the battery while you wait for your coffee.
The rollout for the Powermats will start in Seattle and New York, and will gradually start hitting other stores over the year. Every store should have wireless charging stations implemented by 2015.
Pebble’s latest smartwatch, the Pebble Steel, will be going on sale in all Best Buys on June 15th. The watch features a waterproof design, a week-long battery life, and rich notifications, as well as continued updates and access to Pebble’s app store, so it’s definitely a worthy upgrade to the original Pebble Smartwatch.
The watch will be launching in two colors: Brushed Stainless and Matte Black. Both versions come with a leather watch strap, and Best Buy is going to offer matching Brushed Stainless and Matte Black straps later in the year. The Pebble Steel will run $229 when it releases.
Samsung is ready to unveil their new line of tablet devices tomorrow at an event in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The Galaxy Tab S tablets will come equipped with 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED displays which should really raise the bar for a tablet device. To help protect the fancy new screens, buyers may be interested in Samsung’s official flip covers for the new tablets. The new covers utilize some proprietary connectors embedded in the back panels of the new tablets. It appears that at least initially the covers will come in a choice of two colors, a shade of white and another dark gray in color. The design appears to carry over the dimpled, band-aid look of Samsung’s recent device covers although it is more subtle.
Hit the break and check out a gallery of some images of the new flip covers obtained by SamMobile.
It has been a while since NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang indicated the company was going to produce a successor to their NVIDIA Shield gaming device. The time for a public announcement must be getting close judging by the information starting to leak out about the NVIDIA Shield 2. In late April we saw the device surface in the AnTuTu Benchmark site with a Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM onboard. Now, a device from NVIDIA has surfaced in the FCC database that appears to be the Shield 2.
Well, well, well, look what we have here…
Google posted an article titled “An Android Wear Development Story” on its Android developers blog. It has some interesting stuff, but the photo above of the Moto 360 prototype particularly stuck out.
With today’s announcement of the Moto Stream, Motorola is offering a cheap option to have a wireless music streaming experience with a stereo or speakers. The Moto Stream is a little device that hooks up to a stereo and uses Bluetooth technology to play music from mobile devices. Since the Moto Stream can connect to five devices simultaneously, Motorola threw in Heist Mode. If you are not enjoying the current song, walk right up to the little Nexus Q-like device and tap it and NFC technology within your device will switch the song. Or, of course, you can just use Bluetooth to change songs.
The Moto Stream by Motorola is available today online and in stores at RadioShack on June 6. The price is just $49.99 to pick one up.
Hit the break for an official video.
As we witnessed during the month of May leading up to LG’s unveiling of the LG G3, the company does not seem to mind an increasing cacophony of leaks and rumors about their devices. We are definitely starting to see that trend take shape with regard to the LG G Watch, slated to be the first Android Wear device to hit the market, possibly by July in some parts of the world. The latest bits of info to surface on the rumor mill involve a possible USIM-equipped version and some graphics, including a boot animation, for the device.