Samsung announced today a new tech toy for a hands-free communication. Known as the Gear Circle, the tech is said to be both light-weight and sweat resistant. The kicker is this wireless stereo headphone sits around your neck, vibrating when you have an incoming call. There’s more it can do.
Just after announcing an update that inludes support for high-resolution audio, OnePlus have announced a partnership with audio pioneers JBL and are launching the E1+ Earphones tailor-made for the young company’s flagship device. The headphones feature 9mm JBL drivers with PureBass technology and a flat, tangle-resistant cable. Also included is an in-line three-button remote which does everything you’d expect it to, but can also take photos.
Samsung announced today a portfolio of new products for the premium mobile audio market. The new Samsung Level devices include three headphones and a Bluetooth speaker that will work with smartphones and tablets, though Samsung includes easy syncing with their Milk Music service. The devices include the Level Over, the Level On, the Level In, and the Level Box.
It has become more common for smartphone manufacturers to offer or make their own headphones. Both Motorola and Nokia already do so. And now it looks like Samsung is ready to get involved. A new leak, courtesy of SamMobile, shows that Samsung is aiming to launch three premium headphones. Each of them have a different focus. All three are capable of using Samsung’s S Voice feature when paired with a Samsung handset.
Planning on waiting until Black Friday to binge-spend on all those new electronics coming out?
You may want to drop some bills a bit early this year, as Motorola just started a 30%-off accessory sale including docks, speakers, cases and more. Most of these accessories are compatible with the Moto X or any of the new DROID phones.
SOL Republic headphones only have slight discounts on them, but the 30%-off items include car chargers, Bluetooth speakers, headsets, cases, docks, etc.
Here are just a few to check out:
- Moto X Griffin PowerDock ($27.97)
- Moto X card dock by Griffin ($27.97)
- DROID ULTRA and MAXX PowerDock by Griffin ($27.99)
- ULTRA and MAXX car dock by Griffin ($27.97)
- Moto S11-HD Headphones ($69.99)
- Moto S11-Flex HD Headphones ($90.99)
You only have a week or so to get on this deal, as the offer expires on November 27. (Expect another sale from Motorola on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, though…)
On the heels of the LG G2 launch we are expecting later this week, we’re learning that the device will come with new and improved headphones in the box. Called the Quadbeat 2, they are going to be a step up from the original Quadbeat that come with the Optimus G and G Pro. Bass will be deeper, beats will be more natural, and peak sounds will be better managed, with less distortion. We’ll get to see them for real in just a few days.
Polk Audio is now making available a trio of headphones they are marketing specifically for Android users. The headphones are part of their UltraFit series and can be distinguished from the other sets in the series by the lower case “a” in their model number.
The top of the line model is the UltraFit 3000a. This set is a deep ear-canal model that Polk describes as an “extreme high performance sports headphone system.” Like the other models, the 3000a features Polk’s SecureFit system that hooks over the ear to help hold the headphones in place. Polk also provides controls and a microphone inline that can be used to control music or switch to phone functions. Retail pricing has been set at $99.95.
Motorola is getting an ear-full from Droid Bionic users because those users are getting an ear-full from their devices. A problem exists with the phone’s audio output, causing a distinctly high-pitched screeching or ‘whining’ sound which is most noticeable while using headphones with the device. The true source of the problem is not yet completely known, though some fear that if the Bionic has a bug in its power supply or ground wiring, the annoying feedback will not be remedied with just a simple software update. Motorola says they are working on the issue, but in the meantime, temporary at-home solutions are popping up, such as setting the device’s volume as high as possible and then adjusting it down via headphone cord volume control.
Have you experience problems with your Droid Bionic? Leave us a comment below.
When HTC announced their partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre, we wondered what type of headphones would be offered. We have seen marketing material for the HTC Sensation Special Edition and Runnymede, which will be offered with Beats in-ear buds and Beats Solo headphones respectively, but who wants wired headphones? Bluetooth quality is now to the point where you can barely tell the difference.
It looks like Beats by Dr.Dre will launch wireless headphones shortly because model MH BTS ON SO BT WW recently passed through the FCC. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear they will be offered with these phones, but it is nice to have this as an alternative.
Yesterday we announced the HTC partnership with Beats by Dre. Shortly after Best Buy announced a special offer for this weekend. They are offering 20% off any Beats by Dre headphone with the purchase of an HTC phone. Not a bad deal, but you have to be in the market for an HTC phone to make this work.