Sep, 01 2011

Phillips has made it their prerogative to solve the universal Android speaker dock problem. Unlike iPods, iPads, and iPhones, Android devices don’t feature a standard port setup, though most do share a microUSB connection in common. Taking this into account, Phillips has developed a new addition to their Fidelio lineup of speakers tailor-made for Android devices. Using the same speaker technology featured in their iProduct compatible line, Fidelio for Android tackles the docking question through the use of connector that can adjust in three dimensions to hold handsets in both portrait and landscape mode. If your device still doesn’t fit or if you don’t feel like docking it, an accompanying app allows you to pair your handset with the Fidelio dock via Bluetooth.

The Fidelio for Android system will be available in three forms. A larger model (AS851) designed with enhanced sound in mind and pushing 30W RMS, a more portable version (AS351) pumping at 10W RMS, and a yet smaller speaker dock (AS1111) designed to fit on a bedside table. Press release follows.

Philips unveils new Fidelio docking speakers for Android

Berlin, Germany – Philips is adding to its successful series of Fidelio docking speakers with a new range for Android smartphones and tablets, which will be launched at IFA. The Fidelio docking speakers for Android™ are based on the same speaker systems as the Fidelio for Apple range, so you can be sure to enjoy a stunning sound from your Android phone or tablet but with all the functionality you need for a simple experience.

As the micro USB connector on Android smartphones are placed in different positions and orientations on each phone, Philips has developed a unique connector design that adjusts in three dimensions to hold any phone in both portrait and landscape positions. This means you can dock and charge most Android phones and your phone will always be positioned at the centre of the speaker for the best sound experience.

To immediately enjoy your music in the simplest way, Philips has developed a dedicated Fidelio app for Android, which will automatically pair your smartphone with the docking station via Bluetooth. Using Philips Songbird media player, you can discover and play all your media and sync it seamlessly with the docking speaker. Its intuitive features let you discover new artists and music styles through music and media stores, services and websites. For completely hassle-free music enjoyment, you can play your own library and media straight from the web and effortlessly sync all of it from your PC to your Android devices.

The Fidelio for Android range includes the following devices:

The clean lines of the curved back on the Fidelio for Android (AS851) not only looks remarkable, but also creates a more effective structure for acoustics and precisely tuned bass pipes for deep, tight bass reproduction so you’ll experience a superb crystal-clear sound. This model comes with Philips Digital sound processing for lifelike, distortion-less music and 30W RMS total output power.

This slightly smaller Fidelio for Android (AS351) will give you the right sound at home and on the go. With the option to choose between battery and AC power, you can enjoy your music anywhere. This model offers Dynamic Bass Boost to preserve low tones for deep bass at any volume level and comes with 10W RMS total output power. A special shielding technology blocks mobile phone interference whilst the AUX-in at the back side of the device means you can connect almost any electronic device.

The third model in the range, the Fidelio for Android (AS111) comes in an elegant and compact design that looks gorgeous from every angle and fits onto every bedside table. Its 360-degree design gives a rich omni-directional sound to fill your bedroom, whilst neodymium speakers deliver a pure balanced sound so you can wake up to a great sound from your Android phone.

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