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Xtorm launches solar power pack accessory for Galaxy S4



As we wait for battery technology to improve, many turn to battery accessories to give their devices that extra ‘push’ that they need to get them through the day.

Xtorm has a new solution that most will probably find extremely useful. The company has launched a solar battery pack accessory for the Galaxy S4, which promises to add an extra 3000mAh of battery capacity to your handset.

The design is a bit bulky, but you don’t have to keep it attached at all times. When your phone needs a boost, simply plug it in and let it do its thing— of course keeping it plugged in will ensure that you’ll have a near-full battery at most times, but for aesthetic reasons, it’s understandable that you’d want it to be disconnected at some times.

The Xtorm GS4 Solar Power Pack will hit store in Europe for about €50, or just under $70 USD.

Source: PocketNow

The future of smartphone battery life could be with new solar-charging screen technology


As smartphones get bigger, better and more powerful, batteries unfortunately have stayed pretty consistent. Major manufacturers keep promising that it will get better but have yet to deliver the goods. French startup SunPartner Group says that the secret to power management may not be in the battery, but in the screen. SunPartner has been hard at work designing a new 82 percent transparent display with standard thin-film solar cells spread throughout, in theory giving your phone an extra charge between charges.

How significant a boost is yet to be seen, but SunPartner claims it could add up to 20 percent more time to your normal charge, provided you’re phone catches enough sun.

Currently in the prototype stage, the designers state that by the time it goes to market it will be 90 percent transparent, and since the technology is already well-established, the screen will only add about $2.30 to the build price of each phone that utilizes the technology.

Source: Android Authority


Intivation Umeox Apollo Solar powered Android smartphone

The Umeox Apollo smartphone from Intivation is a fresh new look at how mobile technology can be fused with Green technology. This little device has a solar-powered back, built-in flashlight, and runs Android 2.2. All packed in this neat little body is 320×480 capacitive touchscreen in a 3.2 inch display (about the size of an HTC Magic/T-Mobile MyTouch), bluetooth 2.1, 3 megapixel camera on the rear, 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD support, 1GB storage, and 512MB RAM. Also, it’s only 100g weight. thats what you get when you take out those big batteries I guess.

Pretty nice looking device, and a cheap price! $100 is all you’ll need to grab one of these, but don’t expect it to be a super fast device, basic smartphone usage will be lots for it to handle.

[via Engadget]

Review: Noisehush N650 Bluetooth Hands Free Solar Powered Car Kit

Earlier today, you got a chance to see a full unboxing of the Noisehush N650 Bluetooth Hands Free Solar Powered Car Kit. Now, you can get a closer, more in depth look, as we bring you a quick video review of the product. There’s a wee bit of censoring as far as personal phone numbers, but we hope you enjoy it.

All in all, I found this little device to be very cool and functional. If you want to pick one up for yourself, be sure to hit up to check it out. Full video review after the break!


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Unboxing: Noisehush N650 Bluetooth Hands Free Solar Powered Car Kit

Hey, guys and gals! We here at love a safe driver. That’s why we were really excited to get a chance to check out the new Noisehush N650 Bluetooth Hands Free Solar Powered Car Kit from, and we think it’s a great little device! We’ve got the official TalkAndroid unboxing video after the break, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! A review will also be popping up today, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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