A slew of leaked photos have surfaced, revealing an array of new accessories for Sony’s rumored Xperia tablet. According to the images, Sony has constructed a keyboard case similar to that of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. In addition to the case, the manufacturer is preparing a media docking station with remote control and a stand for the tablet that allows users to operate the device in both landscape and portrait mode.
Functionality seems to have played an important role in the design of Sony’s new accessories, but if the company is going to sell any, it will need to provide a clear reason to purchase the tablet to begin with. And, unless the tablet is priced to compete with other offerings, Sony will struggle to unload many. Considering the iPad, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are currently the most appealing options available, the Japanese manufacturer will need to synthesize some sort of an advantage.
We can only speculate at this point, but IFA kicks off this week, so stay tuned for more coverage. You can catch the rest of the photos after the break.
Life is about to get just a little sweeter for owners of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. Fresh off reports of third party wireless charging kits being on the way, the gang at PhoneArena obtained some confidential information indicating Verizon’s flavor of the device has a wireless charging kit on the way. The wireless charging kit will include a special Sammy and Verizon-branded back cover for $39 and a charging station that will be marked down to $50. All in all, it will run you a hair under 90 bones in order to have access to the cool feature of the device.
So what say you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, you folks getting this not-quite-official accessory?
Samsung and Asian telecom provider Chunghwa Telecom released a 2012 London Olympics accessory pack for the Galaxy S III today in the Taiwan market. The pack includes three phone holders, a couple back covers, and a figurine to mount via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The base of each phone holder is adorned with the British flag as well as one of the back covers. The other back cover is a graphic of a member of the Royal British Guard. The phone holders each use a different Olympic sport for a figure that serves as a stand for the phone – Cycling, Weightlifting and Taekwondo. The figure that mounts in the audio jack is a British Royal Guard figure and serves no purpose other than bling.
In addition to the items indicated, a static wallpaper will be made available via Samsung Apps beginning July 22nd. Pricing appears to be in the $10 US range.
source: Pocket Droid
The mouthwatering Nexus 7 tablet will soon be in the hands of prospective owners around the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated to some accessories— this time in the form of an assortment of covers. ASUS went ahead and posted its tablet covers— which can be found in a variety of colors. As you can see, the tablet covers completely cover and protect the Nexus 7. However, the Facebook post definitely had something amiss— as there was no mention of the availability and how much the tablet covers would cost. It’s definitely unusual, but enter Google who helps to clear up the picture a little. While ASUS chose to omit the pricing, Google also lists what looks to be the same tablet cover on its Play Store— albeit in only one color (Dark Grey) and for a meager $19.99. Keep in mind the tablet cover is clearly listed as coming soon, so we’d imagine it would be available as soon as the first batches of the tablet are shipped.
So whaddya think? Yea or nay on the tablet cover?
source: ASUS Facebook | Nexus 7 Cover Play Store
Digging into the new features and capabilities present in Jelly Bean, one item we have discovered is the addition of USB Audio. Support for USB Audio means audio from a Jelly Bean based device can be accessed via the USB port. This presents an alternative to streaming audio through the external speaker jack or a Bluetooth connection.
Using USB Audio, hardware makers will be able to build audio dock devices to interface with Android powered phones and tablets. A good example of this was an Android.Connect dock on display from Gear4 during Google I/O. Check out the video after the break showing how this will work.
The first thing I look for right after buying a brand new phone are accessories! I mean, who doesn’t love accessories for their lovely new device, right? Online retailer MobileFun has aired a promo video showcasing the official accessories that are now available for Samsung’s newest flagship device. The video shows off the GSIII’s docking station, some flip cases, a water-proof gel case, the “C” Pen, and the highly talked about wireless charging dock. While I usually tend to shop for generic branded accessories as the official ones are usually very pricey, these ones look great and could really make you enjoy your new Galaxy S III even more. Take a quick look at the video after the break and let us know what you think! Will you be purchasing any of these goodies? You can do so through the link below.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is already one of the most capable phones out there, and now we’re hearing even more about its capability to use external accessories via the microUSB port. XDA user NZtechfeak has done some testing and discovered that the latest and greatest from Samsung will play USBHost to XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii controllers, as well as portable hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more. You’ll need a USB-To-Go adapter to make it all work, but after that the integration is seamless. See the video after the break showing the possibilities…
Many of us are itching to get our hands on Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The phone has so many cool features built-in, it’s easy to forget that Sammy is also putting out some nifty accessories to accompany their new flagship device. I’m most excited about the WiFi Display Hub enabling you to wirelessly connect your GSIII to your HD TV for some big screen video streaming and gaming action.
The videos below are a bit disappointing as the GSIII is nowhere to be seen, so the presenters just make assumptions about the function of each accessory. At least we get to see the actual size of each item, so here’s to hoping that we’ll get to actually see them in action soon. Hit the break to see some GSIII accessory monologues.
We already know Verizon is a major player in the smartphone and tablet game, but it’s now growing its portfolio of accessories too. The famed Sony SmartWatch has been casually listed on its website for a price of $149.97 and can also be found in its stores as well. In addition, Verizon has accessories for the device such as extra wristbands listed as well. This means there is yet another way of getting those Facebook, Twitter and Gmail updates to Verizon customers using the Bluetooth-powered device. I’m sure some of you all are just itching to get more details of the device, so make sure you hit the source link to find more information.
source: Verizon Wireless
Google today announced that they plan to sell accessories alongside their respective devices in the Google Play Store. Yep that’s right, you guessed it, that means HSPA+ (GSM) Galaxy Nexus accessories at this time only. Too bad it took over six months for the official accessories to show up but I guess now is better than never. One thing worth mentioning, though. You must reside in U.S. in order to see the available accessories otherwise you will get the “We’re sorry, the document you requested is not available in your country,” message.
Currently available is the Vehicle Dock and Landscape dock, both of which sport the 3-pin functionality and run $54 each. Also available is the portrait style Desk dock with and HDMI output and a full USB port for charging and transferring data. The desk dock is a little cheaper at $49 and when compared to Samsung’s direct pricing, Google’s price’s are much lower all around. It’s probably worth mentioning that you LTE users will probably find that all theses accessories are not compatible with LTE devices. Bum deal, huh? Talk to Big Red about that one.
To see the newly added accesories for yourself, hit up the Play Store link below.
Google Play Store