Well friends the most anticipated device is officially here, but the Galaxy S III didn’t come alone. That’s why Sammy took some time during its Unpacked event to also introduce some pretty neat compliments to the Galaxy S III smartphone. From car docks to a battery charging stand to an HDMI adapter, Sammy has you covered. The most intriguing accessory however, involves a novel mp3 player called the S-pebble which works with Sammy’s Media Hub app and the Allshare Cast dongle, which allows users of the device to connect the smartphone to a TV wirelessly.
Additional info and images of the accessories are still to come, so stay tuned with Talk Android. But why not start here for now? You’ll find more photos once you hit the break.
Those of you who live in the UK can shout FINALLY at the top of your lungs if you want as Clove UK is now offering accessories for your Galaxy Nexus devices. While it’s been almost 6 months since the initial release of the device, those in the UK have been made to wait patiently while their US counterparts have been able to purchase accessories since release day. We did inform you back in January that we’d see official accessories then, but it got delayed to February and well, got delayed again. However this is no longer the case. Upon checking the Clove site, you will find various accessories that include:
- An HDMI Dock
- A Desktop Dock
- An MHL/HDMI Adaptor
- Spare batteries
- A Spare Battery Charger
As you can see the only thing missing is the car dock. However given that these other accessories are available, the car dock can’t be too far behind. So if you live in the UK and are interested in snagging an awesome dock for your device hit the source link below. You can pick up the HDMI dock for £42 (roughly $68) and the desktop dock for £49.99 (roughly $81). I don’t know about you folks out there on that side of the pond but this would definitely get me excited if I had to wait that long.
If you’ve ever owned an iPod, iPhone or iPad, chances are you’ve probably owned an iHome device too. While the iHome brand is a popular one, more than a few Android users have been wondering when iHome would show some love to the Android platform. Well iHome has finally come through and introduced a new line of budget accessories for Android devices. The line of accessories are available as of the time of this writing, but are limited to 2 products for now, but will grow over time. The first product is the iC50, a $59.99 alarm clock radio dock. The second product is the iC3, a $39.99 charging dock for Android tablets and smartphones which includes a speaker and doubles as a stand. There’s a third product which will be released around the summertime called the iC16, which is a compact portable alarm clock stereo speaker with USB charging which will also run around $59.99.
Want to see more? Hit the source links for more details.
source: iC50 | iC3
We are one step closer to a few ASUS jewels landing in the palms of our hands. For starters, we know you have been talking about the PadFone, the most intriguing of the upcoming devices for some time now. Sure there have been pre-orders available for it in Taiwan since earlier in the month, but what about the rest of us? Well for those of you in Europe at least, the wait will not last much longer. While at the ASUS Milan Design Week 2012, ASUS has confirmed the Padfone will arrive in Italy in late May– which is the same time the device should launch elsewhere in Europe. The company even gave details of the upcoming release by highlighting the smartphone and the tablet combo (which will be known as Padfone Station) will go for EUR 699 ($915 USD), while the keyboard (known as the PadFone Dock) will cost EUR 149 more ($195 USD).
ASUS doesn’t stop there either folks. The mouthwatering Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will arrive in Italy on June 10th. Also known as the Transformer Prime HD, it will arrive as a 64GB WiFi-only model for EUR 600 ($785 USD). The keyboard dock accessory will cost EUR 149 ($195) like the PadFone Dock. Oh and those of you looking for something premium, but not too premium will be able to find the Transformer Prime 300 next month for EUR 400 ($525 USD) for the WiFi version and EUR 500 ($655) for the 3G version. Ladies and gents— get ready to break open your wallets and pocketbooks.
source: Notebook Italia
To compliment Sony’s new Xperia phones, the company has also announced a SmartDock accessory that will connect your Xperia device to your home television. The dock itself outputs via HDMI and serves as a media hub to access your music, video as well as your photos. On a newer TV equipped with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), you can even use your television remote to navigate your smartphone or play with your favorite Android app. An optional keyboard and mouse is also available to help give you that “full PC experience”.
I beg to differ on the whole full experience viewpoint, but I must say this is definitely a nice solid step in the right direction for combining your smartphone with your home entertainment system. Make sure to keep tuned to TalkAndroid for more updates from Mobile World Conference 2012. Full press release after the break.
The other day we brought you a review of the Andru Charger. Created by Power by Gen, this charger is an Android Lover’s dream. Well at the end of that review we hinted at an up and coming contest where you the reader could get your hands on one of these awesome chargers. Well thanks to the awesome folks over at Power by Gen four of you will win one of these Andru chargers.
All you have to do is head on over to the contest thread in the forums and follow the three simple rules. They include following Andru on Twitter, liking the Power by Gen Facebook page and finally telling us in the contest thread what device you plan on charging first with Andru. You have until Monday, February 20th at 11:59pm EST to enter.
We will pick 4 random winners and announce them on Tuesday, February 21st. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their forum username. Only one entry per username will be accepted so no need for multiple entries.
If you aren’t one of the lucky winners of this contest you can head on over to the Power By Gen web site to purchase one of these.
Click here to enter the contest!
Congratulations to the following winners:
pltnmdrgn0904 – First Samsung Captivate, then HTC Inspire 4g, then the Kindle Fire
Phunk311- I’d charge up my Motorola DROID RAZR!
aj34 – my evo
whiteout7942 – Rooted Droid 4
Thank you everyone for playing and we should have another contest up soon.
Soon after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 15th, 2011, it was announced that some “official” accessories would soon be following. Some of these accessories included a charge able car dock with audio out, a desk stand with a 3.5mm headphone jack that would use the phones “3 gold dots” to charge and a desktop dock with HDMI-out.
If you’re a Galaxy Nexus user, you’ve surely been disappointed by the constant push-backs of the release date for these accessories. It appeared that the official release date for the car dock was today, but it’s been pushed back again to February 28th. Fortunately, the rest of the accessories retain their original release date of February 29th, and it seems to me this might actually be the reason the release date for the car dock was pushed back again, because I’m thinking they want to release them all as closely to each other as possible. This begs the question though, why release only one, just one day before the release of the others? Beats me.
source: pocket now
We recently reviewed the Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speaker, which looks great, but also sounds great. The folks at Mobilefun were gracious enough to provide us 5 speakers for our readers. All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what your favorite band is at the moment. You have until Thursday, February 16 at 11:59pm EST to enter.
We will pick 5 random winners and announce them on Friday, February 17. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their username. Only one entry per username will be accepted.
If you would like to order one please visit mobilefun and don’t forget to enter coupon code PROMOCLOTH for a free cleaning cloth.
Click here to enter the contest
Congratulations to the following winners:
ilovethebeach – Cold Play
Jtaw3 – Tally Hall and Cee Lo Green
Albert Rabuyo – Skillet
p2et – Pet Shop Boys
tbagpuss – Black Eyed Peas
We sent you each an email to the account associated with your username. Please get back to me with your info.
Thank you everyone for playing and we should have another contest up shortly.
I’ve got something all you Android fanatics are going to want. Mobilefun in the UK has the Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speaker and I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much considering it’s only about 3 1/2 inches tall. I was pleasantly surprised. No this isn’t going to take the place of your home theater system, but I guarantee you that this little guy not only looks good on your desk, nightstand, or kitchen counter, but also sounds really good. I had some friends over the other night and they saw it on my bar and asked what it was. When I showed them, they couldn’t believe how good it sounded. I’m not alone because there are 40 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.
It even acts as a speakerphone for your convenience. Just like any other Bluetooth device, it will pause your music while you take the call and continue when you hang up. The top of the robot will control your tracks, play/pause music, and control the volume. The rechargeable battery is rated at 4.5 hours of talk time or 10 hours of music. It comes with a stand and a USB cable for charging via the mini USB port.
You can buy it for £19.95 ($31.50) plus about £3.50 for shipping in the UK and other parts of Europe or £9.95 ($15.71) to the U.S. You can also enter coupon code PROMOCLOTH for a free cleaning cloth. Hit the break for a quick hands on video.
Augmented Reality (also known as AR) has turned quite a few heads recently. It involves using your smart device like a “looking glass” to manipulate the world around you. The technology has been integrated into several apps from the Qualcomm Augmented Reality Competition, and is making its way into many exciting new applications that we could use every day. For example, there is an app in the works that allows kids to interact with a toy before they buy it.
Now, Augmented Reality has a new shoot-em-up spin for your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone device. The XAPPR gun, brought to you by MetalCompass, attaches to your phone and transforms it into a virtual killing machine. More specifically, it allows you to turn and shoot in real life as the image on your cell phone is following your moves. You can preorder it before its June release on the company’s website for $30, plus $15 shipping in the US. The XAPPR takes old school Duck Hunt to a whole new level. It doesn’t get much better than turning your cell phone into a gun, right?
There are several games that have already been developed to be compatible with the XAPPR, like AR Invaders, ATK, AR Wars and Spray’Em. Apps like ATK are multiplayer and enable you to play against other XAPPR toting comrades, in a cellphone version of laser tag. However, only AR Invaders is currently available in the Android Market. The high tech gun is made to work with other apps, so we just have to wait for the developers to jump on board and make more fun games for Android users.
Source: The XAPPR Gun