If you’re looking for something inexpensive but cool to give to someone this Holiday Season, than head over to newpcgadgets because their stainless steel smartphone coasters make the perfect stocking stuffer. I still can’t figure out why phone manufacturers aren’t incorporating built-in kickstands, but for $4.95 you can use these coasters with any phone.
We have a bluetooth speaker in our kitchen, so this makes the perfect stand when cooking up a gourmet meal (yeah right) and listening to some tunes. It’s nice on the nightstand as well. The possibilities are endless.
Let’s keep up with the topic of the anticipated release of the Galaxy Nexus this Friday, shall we? As information, accessories and details continue to pour out, consumers are expecting to find something clever from Google and/or Verizon, right? You’re in luck. The fine folks at Droid Life stumbled upon what appears to be the most clever design for packaging of an Android device. The box appears to be an ice cream sandwich complete with an Android logo on the front. Oh and if you look carefully, you can clearly see Galaxy Nexus embedded on the box. We can’t be sure if this is the actual packaging of the device or if it’s just a promotional box. Let’s hope it’s the former because I think most people would love to have their phone come out of the ice cream sandwich box.
(Photo courtesy of Droid Life)
[via Droid Life]
I don’t know about you, but here at Talk Android we love ourselves a good special and so when one comes along worth mentioning, we’re on it. According to our friends over at Droid Life, they’ve received word that if you purchase a Droid Razr before Christmas Day they’re offering a whopping $50 bucks on any Motorola branded accessory. Of course at this time it’s only for Motorola branded accessories and nothing else, such as a Lapdock or an HD Dock. The only issue we could find with the deal is that you may be required to purchase that accessory at the time of the sale. Enjoy.
[via Droid Life]
A couple of days ago we mentioned that Verizon stores were receiving a few Motorola XYBoard tablet accessories and now it looks like a couple more Galaxy Nexus goodies have arrived as well. As soon as you can get your hands on this new beauty of a phone (when they finally decide to release it), you might want to check these out.
There is a “Power and Protection Package” that includes a black hard case and holster with built in kickstand (similar to the RAZR’s), a universal car charger with extra USB charging port, and three screen protectors for $49.97. The “Spare Battery Charging Kit” looks to be the real gem out of the two and includes a spare 1850mAh battery with charger, and a dual USB cable so you can charge the spare battery and your Galaxy Nexus Simultaneously. According to the photos, retail price for the spare battery set-up appears to be $39.99, and with LTE’s notorous excessive battery drain, that might be money well spent.
We are still crossing our fingers for the rumored Galaxy Nexus release this Friday, Dec 9th, and we will let you know once we get some official confirmation. Jump past the break for some more accessory photos. I know this is kind of a tease but at least this means we should be getting close.
People living in the UK suddenly have another reason to make fitness fun. Motorola Mobility UK has just unveiled the MOTOACTV™ fitness companion. In case you’re unfamiliar, this attractive device is part fitness performance tracker and part smart music player. The MOTOACTV’s objective is to simulate having your favorite fitness instructor and DJ helping you train at an optimal level during workouts. The device features a cool 8GB of storage– good for up to 4,000 songs, 1.6-inch screen with Gorilla Glass, the option to sync the MOTOACTV with your Android phone to receive calls and texts and Bluetooth 4.0.
The list doesn’t stop there either. Motorola Mobility realizes the need for users to keep track of their goals, records and trends. The MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense™ technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. “Your time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories burned are all measured, so you can reach your fitness or weight loss goals faster than ever”. What’s even more cool is the ability to upload your workouts to MOTOACTV.com– which is cloud-based, meaning you can upload all your statistics and trends to the website and see your strengths or overcome your weaknesses. Sounds cool, right? We know you’re interested in more information for the cool fitness device, so you need to hit the break to find more details in the presser.
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The Droid 4 isn’t even out yet and it looks like it will be receiving some accessories support. The Droid 3 as you may remember did not receive this treatment, so it’s nice to see the Droid 4 getting some accessories love. It appears that the device will get multiple LapDocks and a wireless keyboard with trackpad. This is different from a bluetooth version so it will be interesting to see how this compares.
This phone follows the same form factor as the Razr, and is dubbed the “Razr with a keyboard”. Given the specs, I would say this is pretty close to being accurate. Given it’s slated launch of December 8th, the phone is coming quick. What do you think? Will you be getting one, if so, will you be getting some of it’s fancy accessories?
[via Droid Life]
Some of us do some moderate to heavy gaming on our Androids. Of course we know there are limitations with most phones, namely the lack of physical gaming buttons like those found on the Sony Xperia Play phone. A Swedish company called Fructel came up with a rather ingenious solution for Android owners to be able to play games in a much more traditional manner. They created a device called the Gametel Wireless Controller and it’s a third-party gamepad add-on to your Android device. The gang at Pocket Gamer were able to get their hands on a prototype and share some of their thoughts of how the device worked for their phone. The pad itself works in a neat way as all you do is download a specific driver to your Android phone and physically attach your phone to the gamepad. You then pair the gamepad to your phone’s Bluetooth signal and you’re good to go. Also mentioned is the ability to connect a tablet to the gamepad, though you obviously can’t clamp the tablet onto the gampad. Of course every game isn’t compatible with the gamepad, but there’s a nice list of major games out there that will work.
Hit the link below to check out the full preview of the cool add-on.
[via Pocket Gamer UK]
We know that the Galaxy Nexus will see the light of European day on November 17th. We also know that the Euro version will be shipped with a 1750mAh battery which has some of us stateside 4G LTE users a bit worried. Reports have been suggesting that the U.S. version may actually ship with a larger battery and said rumor has been up for debate until now. The leaked image of an internal document shows that in fact the GN will ship with a bigger power-plant, 100mAh bigger to be exact.
If you look at the image above, you will notice that the “in box” line shows that the device will come equipped with a 1850mAh standard battery, a welcomed change if you ask me. Further down the list you can notice a couple things we have already seen pictures of, and a couple items we haven’t. Also on the list is a $60 HDMI portrait-style desktop dock (picture after break) and a vehicle mount. It’s great to know that while not having an HDMI out on the device, you can still get media from the phone to the big screen. And I am curious to see this vehicle mount, I am hoping it will utilize the Nexus’ three pin connection located on the side of the device. We have yet to receive confirmation on why Sammy added that option.
A few days ago we noticed that Verizon retail stores started to receive a couple different cases already for the Galaxy Nexus. Well, today we are seeing that Samsung has now even added replacement batteries and battery covers onto their website as well.
Earlier in the month we had a little bit of hope that the actual device would carry as little branding as possible. Based on the pictures from Samsung’s website, we see that Verizon has added their obnoxious logo on top of the previously pictured 4G LTE emblem putting all wishful thinking to a rest. At least the screen is beautifully vacant though, right? Now only if we had an official release date! These new website additions leads me to believe that the wait is finally almost over. Are you ready?
It’s really a shame that Verizon hasn’t given us a Galaxy Nexus launch date yet, leaving us to only go off of speculation. We have heard a bunch of different rumors surrounding the device’s launch: November 10, 17, 21 and as late as sometime after black Friday. Which is it Big Red? Your starting to piss a few of us off already. This launch should be epic. One that goes down in history. Instead they are just sitting back for some reason, watching all the speculation, all the while brick and mortar stores are receiving shipments of accessories! You read correctly, accessories already!
Reports are showing images of Galaxy Nexus cases showing up in Verizon’s retail stores. There is a case with kickstand/holster combo and a silicon cover that has arrived in-store before they have even announced the official release date. It’s gonna be hard to sell a Galaxy Nexus case without a damn phone to put in it! So please Verizon, cut us some slack here and give us some kind of release date! We have been patient for a good while now.
[via Droid Life]