Google IO 2016 Coverage

Amazon officially prohibits non-compliant USB Type-C cables, but consumers still need to be vigilant


Remember when Google’s Benson Leung took it upon himself to test the various USB Type-C cables in order to find out which ones met the standard, and which ones didn’t? Well, it seems that Amazon has decided to help in a different fashion by prohibiting USB Type-C cables that aren’t compliant with the standards set by the USB Implementers Forum Inc. Read more

Convenient, but is it efficient? Samsung’s upcoming USB cable charges three device at once


It’s any techie’s dream. One charger for all (most) of their devices.

We’ve seen devices piled up on power-mats, but nothing really close to a three-way USB charger.

The USB plugs into the wall charger (as usual) on one end, and on the other, there three micro-USB plugs split from the original cable. With the $39.99 device, you’ll be sufficiently able to charge three devices at once — but is it worth it?

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Jelly Bean brings USB Audio support to Android devices

Digging into the new features and capabilities present in Jelly Bean, one item we have discovered is the addition of USB Audio. Support for USB Audio means audio from a Jelly Bean based device can be accessed via the USB port. This presents an alternative to streaming audio through the external speaker jack or a Bluetooth connection.

Using USB Audio, hardware makers will be able to build audio dock devices to interface with Android powered phones and tablets. A good example of this was an Android.Connect dock on display from Gear4 during Google I/O.  Check out the video after the break showing how this will work. Read more

Google Clears Up Storage Concerns For Ice Cream Sandwich

Some frustrated Galaxy Nexus owners were unhappy to discover that their device did not support USB mass storage as they connected to a PC. From this, concern has grown as to whether this limitation is one of the Galaxy Nexus individually or a larger, more disappointing misstep for Android 4.0. Luckily, Google’s Dan Morril has come forward to clear things up, saying that USB mass storage mode can be used with Ice Cream Sandwich, though only with devices that support SD cards because, with the way ICS handles its primary storage, it cannot be unmounted while the phone is running, which is otherwise essential for USB mass storage.

As for an alternative USB option for accessing storage, Galaxy Nexus users are basically left with MTP, that is, if your computer supports it. But let’s not dwell, it’s still a sweet device and besides, we still need a solution to that volume rocker problem!


[via pocketnow]

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will support USB game controllers with your phone or tablet

Many of you have been wondering if Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will allow users to use USB game controllers with their phones and/or tablets. We have good news as Android engineer Roman Guy tweeted the above. This can’t be a surprise since this feature was added to Android 3.1 Honeycomb, so why would they drop it now with 4.0?

Of course it will be up to the developers to make their games compatible with controllers, but I think by this time next year all the major games will support it. If you are dying to try it out, you can always try Sixaxis Controller which will let you use a PlayStation 3 Sixaxis or dualshock 3 on your phone or tablet that is rooted.

[via twitter]

AT&T To Launch First LTE Devices Before LTE Network Is Available

Sure, AT&T may not have their LTE network up and running yet, but as of next week they will be launching the devices equipped to run on it. Perhaps a bit like opening a holiday gift before mom and dad have given you the batteries to fully enjoy it, these new LTE devices will still work well enough on AT&T’s not-so-4G network in the meantime.

Moreover, the new devices will not be LTE smartphones, but rather laptop tethering devices. The USBConnect Momentum will allow users to run on the LTE network over USB while on the road and the Elevate is a 4G-powered WiFi hotspot which allows you to connect up to 5 devices.

Beginning August 21st, you can pick up the Momentum for $50 on a two-year contract and the Elevate for $70 with similar terms. Oh yeah, and once AT&T gets around to launching the LTE network to run these things on, they’ll be charging $50 a month for 5 gigabytes of data and tack on $10 for each gigabyte after that.

Hit the break for pictures of the Momentum and Elevate devices.

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Attention Non-rooted users: Easy Tether Pro is on sale at Amazon for $4.99

I know that many of you have chosen to not root your phone, and if you are one of them, you need to head over to Amazon, and grab Easy Tether Pro because it is discounted 50% at $4.99.

Sure you will have to use a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer, but when there is no free WiFi available and you need to get your laptop online, it works flawlessly. Most of all, it is easy to set up.

[via amazon]

Rooted Motorola devices with Moto Phone Portal USB Support can now do USB tethering

Have a rooted Moto Android device? Does it support Motorola Phone Portal USB? Want to stick it to the man? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then it’s time to bust out your anti-big-red hat pins and start tethering. Thanks to XDA member elaware, those of you with specific rooted Moto phones can start tethering your internet connection to your PC. According to the developer:

Moto Tethering USB uses “Motorola Phone Portal” USB connection to establish a link between your computer and your Motorola Android phone.
Simply Select “Motorola Phone Portal” from USB OPTIONS after you’ve connected your Motorola phone to pc and then you can start sharing your Mobile Connection using Moto Tethering USB!

If you want to get your tether on, be sure to hit up the original thread here. The app is a free download from the Android Market.

Android Market Link

[via xda]

Android 101.03: Managing Your Music/Your Phone as an MP3 Player

Now that you’ve learned how to transfer files from your computer to your phone via USB this next lesson will be a cinch. You’re sick of carrying both your dedicated MP3 player around and your phone, huh? Well this lesson here will narrow down your devices in your pocket to one. You know what’s even better? You have two ways about this that you can do: Hard memory or streaming. Hit the break to read more. Read more