Phillips Introduces Fidelio Universal Speaker Dock for Android Phones and Tablets

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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  • Droosh

    Sounds interesting! I’ve been envious of all of the iOS docks. I’m wondering how this works though? Don’t you need to be rooted to use your USB connection like this?

  • gokartracer5

    Don’t need to be rooted. Galaxy S devices can already push sound through the USB port with their docks.

  • Mike

    When does this come out?

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    I am always envious of iPhone accessories! No standardization has its drawbacks!

  • romma

    Things of this type have been needed for a long long time.

  • vinnyjr

    I use my bluetooth connection with my thunderbolt to send music to my boss stereo. I paired it up thru my Nexus One dock and bingo I have music playing from my Thunderbolt to my boss stereo. I control it from my phone and can carry it around without any issues. I did some creative work with my Nexus One desk top dock, well worth it.

  • Chris

    I want it. I was just thinking about buying dome bluetooth speaker set up

  • michaelg1030

    I’m sure the USB part is for charging purposes, unless your phone supports sound through USB. On sure there is a headphone Jack to plug in for those that don’t.

    This could be awesome for my nook color though. Hope it has rapid charging built in. Standard micro USB chargers take forever to charge the nook.

    • ClayRogers

      Hmm that is very interesting. I don’t think phones support sound through the USB.

  • Aslan N.L. Bollin

    Sucks for those devices that have the stupid micro usb slot at the top….. lol
    btw, it’s Philips not Phillips.

    • ClayRogers

      It shouldn’t matter if the port is on top as the screen will just rotate. What device has one at the top?I’ve only seen bottom and side before.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Bout damn time. Getting sick and tired of all the ilod accessories

  • eclipsenyou

    Finally!!

  • Sergio da Silva