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
So much for our excitement for UK owners finally getting Galaxy Nexus accessories. We initially thought Galaxy Nexus owners across the pond would see the first batch of accessories by mid-January, but Clove has formally announced a change in the release date to around February 13th. Clove is quoted as saying that “delays from Samsung” are the sole reason for the unexpected turn of events.
While this is disappointing for UK Galaxy Nexus, at least February 13th isn’t too far away.
[via Clove UK]
We may not have a Galaxy Nexus yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get a glimpse of one of its accessories in action. The fine team at Droid Life have stumbled upon that 2100mAH accessory. You know, that oh-so heavy duty battery we spoke of before? There has been minor chatter around regarding the extended battery potentially adding some extra girth to the phone. Well kids, you need not worry any longer as the extended battery will make little-to-no difference in the size of the phone. And for those who are non-believers of the extended battery’s slim size, there’s actual pictures and video demonstrating the GN wearing the extended battery and you can clearly see the phone remains relatively slim. I’ve got a funny feeling that many customers will go after the accessory now knowing it won’t make their phone resemble a paperweight. Check out additional pics and the actual video after the break. Read more