Android-based Headphones? What?

We always joke about how Android can and will be used for any and every thing – who doesn’t want to look forward to rooting toasters and microwaves for whatever reason? This year more than ever, we’re seeing more of these whacky combinations. This time, Nox Audio has introduced an Android-based set of headphones – dubbed the Admiral Touch. The display is small, naturally, and the software is limited to allowing users to change the unit’s mode. We can’t think of anything anyone would want to do on a pair of headphones outside of streaming radio and VoIP calls, and that’s exactly what these will be able to do once they’re shipped. Read on for full press details. [via Android Police]


City of Industry, Calif.– Jan. 4, 2011 – NOX Audio is set to unleash an audio revolution with its Admiral and Admiral Touch, the first TruWireless (trademark pending) headsets, scheduled to debut in late 2011. Featuring 7.1-channel surround sound with mobile Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Admiral and Admiral Touch enable full wireless audio and communication on game consoles for the first time. In addition to these features, the Admiral Touch also will include a 2.4-inch LCD touch screen with gesture control, powered by Google’s Android™ operating system – a never-before-seen feature in a headset. A functional prototype of the Admiral Touch will be unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev., from Jan. 6-9, 2011.

Powered by the Android OS, the Admiral Touch takes full advantage of available streaming music including Pandora, and VoIP applications such as MSN chat and Skype, thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. With 7.1-channel digital surround sound, the Admiral and Admiral Touch create an immersive experience for playing video games, listening to music and watching movies, as well as crisp, clear audio for phone calls, making it the only truly wireless headset available on the market. Featuring rotating ear-cups that double as a loudspeaker, both headsets will offer maximum versatility and compatibility with PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PCs, personal music players such as the iPod, home theaters and cell phones and all other electronic devices with a standard 3.5 mm jack and/or any devices with built-in bluetooth. A removable and rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides more than five hours of battery life for optimal usage with any compatible product.

“When NOX was developing the Admiral, we considered all available technology to create a truly revolutionary – yet easy-to-use – product that pushes the limits and takes headset listening to a new level, for an attainable price,” said Julie Ma, president of NOX Audio. “In addition to giving the Admiral high-quality audio reproduction and 7.1-channel surround sound, we included a ‘Touch’ version with the functionality of the Android OS to make the headset truly versatile. The Admiral is a product like no other, and CES is the perfect venue for us to introduce it to the public.”

NOX will unveil a functional prototype of the Admiral Touch at CES 2011 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #5438. The Admiral Touch will be shown by appointment only, in addition to NOX’s other products, the Specialist, Negotiator and Scout, which will be available in listening stations on the show floor. NOX also will be hosting DJ Envy, the “Mixtape Master,” at CES on Friday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST in the NOX booth. DJ Envy is available for interviews on a first-come, first-serve basis before and after his performances at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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  • Brandon

    That’s a bit much.

  • C

    Is there a memory card slot for offline music services like Rdio, Rhapsody, Thumbplay?

    That would be really nice.

    Also GPS for Runkeeper or cardiotrainer would be awesome as well.

  • ChazClout

    They could use the screen on the side to display track info so you know exactly what song someone is playing obnoxiously loud on the train/bus.


  • Maj

    any word on getting Honeycomb ?

  • Aeires

    Streaming Pandora without having any cords attached, very cool. Where do you put the batteries though?

  • johnnyboixxxd

    My guess is its gonna be a rechargeable internal battery of some kind…

  • Chimphappyhour

    C – Running in those things?!? You’re joking, right?

  • ToastnJam

    Of course you won’t get true 7.1 surrounded sound out of a pair of headphones, but cool nevertheless.

  • Ace Curry

    Root it and get DSP Manager on there FTW.

  • Mrrix32

    Allow me to install Spotify and I’ll consider it.

  • bill

    Ugly as sin

  • Thomas

    Can’t wait to see the $300 price tag

  • j

    Android OS headphones for an iPod… Steve is rolling in apples grave.

  • Hugh

    Is there a “stylized ear app” that way I could have different ears depending on my mood or the music I am listening to.

  • ADWheeler Photography

    Who on gods green earth wears big-ass ugly headphones like that? Even in my recording studio, we use in-ear monitors. Fuuuuuugly!

  • Patrick

    @ADWheeler Photography lots of people wear Circumaural headphones. They reproduce sound better, by virtue of not constricting the ear canal. Also, some people have funny ear canals that make in-ear monitors really, REALLY uncomfortable. That said, this particular pair of headphones really isn’t that good looking.

  • DC

    What will they come up with next?

  • Chris93036

    5 hours of battery life. Lol.

  • DJ

    *Yawn* Did you cut your nails?

  • DrFill

    Great. I can now listen to Pandora while my wife checks Facebook with my head.

  • Motoare Electrice

    They look pretty awesome,but only 5 hours of battery life. That’s a big downside, plus it will probably have a very high price tag.

  • ToastnJam

    Actually ADWheeler, over the ear headphones are making a comeback. I travel extensively with my job and notice more people wearing OVE headphones compared to in the ear buds that were more popular 2-3 years ago. I have a pair of both, but usually travel with my ear buds because of the convienence factor. But my OVE headphones produce a much richer & fuller sound experience.

  • Tose

    I much prefer over the ear headphones to earbuds. They are more confortable and sound better. I still don’t see a use for these though. You can’t see the screen while you are wearing them so you would have to take them off every time you want to change something.

  • Jakhoo

    Talking of reach of Android an engineering company in India is already called Android Industries Limited.:)

  • Pimpstrong

    Why is there no news today?

  • oskar

    Spotify and they’re mine

  • oskar

    Also, LOL, rdio

  • Rick


  • Tim S

    How about a pair of NOISE-REDUCING Android headphones with a sleek, comfortable and sleep-able design, that have an alarm clock built in, as well as all of this phone and music stuff.

  • AGx

    I dont even want to read that article because it sounds stupid….but I will.

  • joe harrie

    this is gay as fuck, android is such a poor mans sketchy iphone. and now making headphones to do all this bull shit frequency and setting is even bigger of a waste of time. for anyone who buys these can actually go get run over by a car.

  • sl0

    [quote]this is gay as fuck, android is such a poor mans sketchy iphone. and now making headphones to do all this bull shit frequency and setting is even bigger of a waste of time. for anyone who buys these can actually go get run over by a car[/quote]


  • SolidSnake

    What a classy comment harrie joe.
    Oh wait, is that your mom calling for you down in the basement? I think it’s bath time.
    In other words, grow up dude!

  • Jarik

    Streaming Pandora with them would be nice, but it seems inconvenient to change things (unless the screen is removable).

  • steven

    even out the brain cancer

  • joe harry wacko

    [quote]this is gay as fuck, android is such a poor mans sketchy iphone. and now making headphones to do all this bull shit frequency and setting is even bigger of a waste of time. for anyone who buys these can actually go get run over by a car[/quote]

    android is an operating system. not a phone. you obviously dont understand the difference between software and hardware. stupid ipigeon.
    go back playing with your shiny shitty spyware-bloated idevice poop that cant even run an alarm clock properly and dont forget to buy its next iteration in 6 months, you deserve it.

  • Mike

    Last pair of headphones I bought were B&O 20yrs ago. Im getting these.

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  • Lorry

    With Android based head phones there will be betterment in the technology of hardware too. This new operating system has gained good grounds over others.