Low and behold, what’s a few new Samsung Galaxy S II devices across various carriers without some cool accessories to go with it? At tonight’s Samsung GSII launch event in New York, several of the display tables showed off a modern and sleek looking multimedia charging dock perfectly complimenting the Galaxy S II. In nice shiny black, the device also doubles as a speaker (note pic below). We’ve seen a dock presently accompany the Galaxy S II launched overseas however, this one has been given a bit of a polished look and we’ve got to admit, it looks pretty sweet. Check out the pics for yourself and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. If you’ll also notice, there is another device to the left of the charging dock. We’re not quite sure what it is just yet, but stay tuned because we’ll find out. It appears to be some sort of a charging stand where a second battery can be docked under a cover on the backside of the contraption.
Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.
While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Last.fm). Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.
While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.
What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?
Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.
Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.
Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!
Since CES, we’ve seen a lot talk about the multimedia dock for the Atrix 4G by Motorola. For those unfamiliar, the dock will allow you to connect your phone to your TV and stream audio and video over the 4G network to your TV via your phone. It’s been widely theorized that the dock would cost somewhere in the $150 neighborhood, and frankly — that seemed believable. But as it turns out, there may be reason to suspect that it will be way more reasonable. Mobile accessory web-retailer Frommy has a page offering it for $59.95. They have none in stock at the moment, but the fact that the page is live is a promising development.
In addition to just serving as a dock for your phone, it appears to also have HDMI and USB input ports as well. This will allow you to connect your computer to the phone while it’s docked and sync your data or transfer files. All phone functions still work fully while it’s docked, and the multimedia dock will also charge your phone. It looks like a great accessory for anyone looking to pick up the Atrix, which should be out by the end of next month.
VisualOn, a company that specializes in bringing rich mutimedia experiences to handsets, has just joined the Open Handset Alliance. Just in time, too, with Gingerbread poking its head out over the horizon. The company will now start contributing to Android with the new release, and we can start looking forward to a new and better slew of features in the area of music and video, streaming, mobile TV and more.
VisualOn’s Android solution comes courtesy of VOME (VisualOn Media Engine), an “OpenMAX compliant media framework that is capable of working directly with hardware and/or software multimedia components.”
We can also expect faster market releases with the new partnership. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!