Samsung may be planning on forcing consumers to only use officially licensed Samsung products with their Samsung devices in the future, according to a recent rumor. Things like batteries, chargers, and likely S-View cases would need to be authorized with an ID chip that only Samsung would manufacture, completely cutting out most of the third-party market for those accessories. The bright side of that situation would be that we would hear less about people’s batteries exploding because they used a knock-off battery or USB cable. The extreme downside is that the price for Samsung accessories is already extremely high ($60 for a flip case with a plastic screen in it, seriously?) and lack of much third-party competition would keep those prices high.
I’ve never been much of an accessories guy, but some are all in for getting the latest and greatest gear to supplement their devices. Samsung recently released a list of the official accessories they’ll be offering for the Galaxy Note 3 including the S View Cover and Mini Purse, which were already announced. Now we’re getting to see some new additions such as the S Charger Cover, S Charger Kit, and the Desktop dock.
Prices are sure to be a bit high, but that’s expected from OEM-branded accessories. If you’re looking to spend less, look for some unofficial accessories from third-party brands. Availability and other information is not yet available. Check the source for pictures.
With the Moto X already out on AT&T and coming to Verizon later this week, we’re seeing official accessories for the new phone make their arrival as well. Today both a desktop and car dock are available for your hands free usage. The desktop dock boasts a comfortable viewing angle making it easy to go hands free. You won’t have to take that protective case off either as the dock supports cases up to 2mm thick. Those of you out there that have ever used a case and had a phone dock can attest to that annoyance.
Motorola has teamed up with a number of manufacturers including Griffin, Incase and Power Support to produce accessories for the highly customizable Moto X. Customers can choose from a range of cases, docks, and screen protectors which can all be found on Motorola’s website.
Incase has made two different cases available— $29.95 for a basic plastic Snap Case, and $34.95 for a Pro Shell version which has a rubberized frame for improved grip and durability. Now you ask, “Why would I want to put a case on my Moto X if it’s just going to block out my customized colors?” Well the Incase cases are clear, and have different colored frames that you can choose from. You can also get an anti-glare or regular screen protector, as well as a shock-absorbing film set.
Moto is also offering two docks, one of which is built for the car, while the other is built for your desk. The Navigation dock goes for $39.95, has a suction cup for your windshield, and your Moto X will automatically enter Car Mode when it’s inserted into the dock. The power dock goes for the same price and doesn’t really have any specific use other than making your phone look nice as if it’s on display, and charge your phone as well.
You can order some of these accessories now while some items are listed as “coming soon.” Head on over to Moto’s store in the source link to check them out yourself.
If you like odd phone accessories, we’ve got something that you’re really going to enjoy. UK carrier O2 is launching a new line of Talk to the Hand gloves, which basically let you talk to your hand. A collaboration between O2 and artist Sean Miles, these gloves are essentially Bluetooth headsets built into a glove for your smartphone with the ability to answer calls and talk on the phone built right in. Sure, you’re going to look really, really weird, but it’s a cool concept.
The coolest part about the gloves is that they’re made from old recycled phones. The entire project was really just a way to push recycling into the spotlight and prove that old electronics can be recycled for some pretty neat new uses. So don’t trash those old phones just because you upgrade to something newer and better; they’ve still got some life left in them outside of your desk drawer or a landfill.
source: Pocket Lint
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Next up we have two cases, the Travel and Shell case. The Travel case will feature a softer type of material while the Shell case offers more protection with a harder material. Lastly we have a Power Kit that will provide all the necessary things for travel such as cables and charging kits. For more information on these products you can check out the full press release after the break!
Following up this morning’s official announcement regarding availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung has also released details regarding several official accessories that will be available. These accessories should prove popular with new owners interested in protecting their new device, extending its usefulness, or just using the “Life Companion” to make life more interesting. U.S. Cellular is already using the accessories to entice buyers by throwing in a free S View flip cover with online pre-orders. The flip cover goes beyond the traditional smartphone cover by providing a small window to your screen that displays information like time, missed calls and text messages, and battery status. Read more
Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has been announced and since released, at least in the UK, it would only be a matter of time before we saw official accessories come out. Items like cases, screen protectors and even extra S-Pens should be apart of the mix and all we would have to do is sit and wait for that fateful day to come. It looks like that fateful day is today as GearZap, part of Mobile Fun Limited, is the first to offer these official accessories. Right now they’re only available for pre-order but they should be released quite soon. We see the standard assortment of accessories as well as a few unique ones. Besides the book covers and S-pens we see a car dock and a pouch stand. The pouch keeps your device protected when not in use, while giving you the ability to prop up the tablet for hands free use. Hit the break to check them out.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger and the ultimate one-handed operation device is slowly fading away. The need for something to assist with not dropping your rather expensive investment is on the rise. In stepped Flygrip, the small and popular solution for all things large. Flygrip allows seamless one-handed operation without the fear of dropping your phone or tablet. However, there’s the small little matter of price which doesn’t happen to be small at all. The popular mini mechanism will run you a whopping $29.95 ea. That’s a bit steep if you ask me. $19.99 seems a little more reasonable but the folks over at the Flygrip team may not share my opinion. So, coveting the functionality I began to look for alternatives that wouldn’t break the bank for techs on a dime. Surprisingly, there’s quite a few options for you if you’re interested. We’ve covered three that caught our attention for style, ease of use and of course its cheap price tag.
Two of the more interesting concepts have been announced at CES: the i’m Watch and i’m Here accessories. I’m Watch is more or less a personal a standard watch with an Android-flavor– it’s run by the Droid 2 operating system (which is a specialized version of Android) and features items like i’m Cloud, i’music which allows you to listen to music on-demand, i’mages which is an app that takes advantage of the watch’s built-in camera and the i’market which gives access to apps in the sporting, music and leisure categories. Best of all– the i’m Watch features Smart Tethering which makes the pairing of the device to your smartphone as efficient and seamless as possible. The i’m Here on the other hand is a GPS tracker which features a built-in SIM card and even allows for the ability to make emergency calls.
Hit the break for the full presser for both cool devices, but don’t forget to check out our on-going coverage of CES here.