Phandroid » Accessories http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:03:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Become a master of the skies with the DJI Phantom drone, on sale for over 25% off http://phandroid.com/2014/08/30/dji-phantom-drone-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/30/dji-phantom-drone-deal/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:58 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147897 dji-phantom

Looking to get lifted this Labor Day weekend? Take to the skies with the DJI Phantom FC40 drone, available over at AndroidDeals.com for over 25 percent off its regular price. Normally retailing for $649, you can buy the FC40 for $499 outright (plus free shipping). If you use the code “PHANTOM35” at checkout, you can score an additional $35 off, bringing the final price to $464.

BUY DJI PHANTOM DRONE NOW FOR OVER 25% OFF

So what do you get for that price? For starters: the world’s #1 rated personal drone. Its claim to fame is a WiFi-connected HD Smart Camera, which will let you record your escapades in 720p at 30fps or beam video back to your smartphone in real time using 2.4G connectivity.

Everything you need is in the box:

  • DJI Phantom
  • Built-in 700 mAh Li-on Battery & Charger
  • DJI FC40 camera
  • Remote Control Transmitter – 5.8G Control and Receiver (will not interfere with 2.4G Wi-Fi)
  • Getting started guide

Never been behind the controls of a drone? Don’t worry. The Phantom FC40 is packed full of features that make it easy to fly even for the most novice of operators. Auto-hover prevents crash landings should the user accidentally release flight controls, and a failsafe GPS-based auto-pilot will bring your drone home should you fly it out of range. Speaking of range, the included 5.8G controller allows for operation from distances as great as 1640 feet, giving you the ability to reach some truly great heights without lifting the soles of your shoes from the earth.

Act quick because this deal will be ending in a matter of days, then take to the skies and get a totally new perspective on your world. And don’t forget to check out AndroidArea.com for even more great deals on Android gadgets, accessories, apps, and more!

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Android Deals: $50 off Gear Fit, Name Your Own Price gamer bundle, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/android-deals-50-off-gear-fit-name-your-own-price-gamer-bundle-and-more/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/android-deals-50-off-gear-fit-name-your-own-price-gamer-bundle-and-more/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:03:32 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147569 deals

As labor day nears on the calendar it can only mean one thing. OK, two things: summer is nearing an end and it’s time for all of the customary end-of-summer sales that come with the territory. Android users are not left out this year, and we’ve got the deals to prove it. This week save big on the Gear Fit, LG G2, and some great charging accessories as well as a choose-your-price gaming bundle and Google Play’s nod to Emmy-winning TV.

Hardware & Accessories

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Pay $25 for the portable ChargeKey charging cable and never be without a way to quickly juice up your smartphone. As small as a key, this durable charging cable fits on your keychain, allowing you to easily charge your Android device from almost any USB port. [AndroidArea]

Take awesome photos with the iStabilizer flexible tripod mount for $14.99, universally compatible with a variety of smartphones. The mini tripod is easy to position and holds your phone securely, providing steady focus for photos and videos shot with your Android handset. It’s a cheap and effective way to improve your shots instantly. [AndroidArea]

Save $50 on a Samsung Gear Fit and take your fitness game the the next level. The Samsung Galaxy-compatible smartwatch and fitness tracker offers the most basic feature set of Samsung’s Gear line, but it does plenty for $149.99 if you buy now from Newegg. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, check out our full review first. [Newegg]

Get a 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card for $24.99 and expand your smartphone storage on the cheap. This Class 10 microSDXC memory card comes with an adapter for devices supporting standard SD card sizes, allowing for easy data transferability between phone and computer. [Woot]

Snag an LG G2 for $239.99 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. While the followup LG G3 is all the rage these days, the G2 remains a solid Android handset, and a $240 off-contract price is nothing to turn your nose up at. [eBay]

Use code ‘ANKERFTW’ at checkout to get an Astro Mini portable battery pack for $13.99 as part of Anker’s Off to College sales event. This 3000mAh extended battery would pair great with the above listed ChargeKey, creating the perfect on-the-go charging kit for smartphone users. [Anker]

Apps & Games

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Name your own price for the Handheld Hero Android Gamer Bundle and snag seven great Android games at steep savings. Combined these games would cost you close to $20, but as part of this great bundle you can score titles like Icredipede, Bad Hotel, and Waking Mars for whatever price you feel is far. The current average is just north of $4. [AndroidArea]

Knock 75% off Jump Desktop for Android and take control of your desktop from anywhere. This easy-to-use remote desktop application for Android devices helps keep you connected with the software and files on your home computer and is compatible with a variety of Bluetooth accessories to enhance productivity even further. [AndroidArea]

Apps

Games

Music & Media

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Whether you want a feel-good flick or some new tunes for the back-to-school season, or if you want to relive (or catch up on) the shows the stole the show at this week’s Emmys, we’ve got you covered. Find great deals below on True Detective, Breaking Bad, and more.

Music Singles

Music Albums

Movies

TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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New Motorola Skip outed in FCC filing with Bluetooth proximity unlock http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/motorola-moto-skip-outed-in-fcc-filing/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/motorola-moto-skip-outed-in-fcc-filing/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:28:33 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147510 Motorola Moto Skip 2014 FCC

Last year’s Motorola Skip may not have been the “must have” smartphone accessory of the year, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t pretty damn cool in theory. An NFC clip that allowed users to tap to unlock their smartphones, it was convenient enough that someone could find a use for it (but not enough that everyone would want one).

Following up on last year’s design, Motorola is preparing to give it another go with a newly design model for 2014. Outed in an FCC filing, the newly designed Moto Skip actually comes equipped with Bluetooth, taking its convenience to another level. Not only can the new Skip be attached to keys and beep when misplaced (works the other way around too in case you misplace your phone), your Motorola smartphone can actually detect when it’s in close proximity to Skip, allowing you to bypass any sort of normal lockscreen security you may have on your phone.

Here’s the full feature list according to the FCC docs followed by some screenshots of the user manual:

  • Find your keys: Attack Skip to your key ring and never lose your keys. Use the Moto app on your phone to make Skip beep if you lose it, or find it on a map with the last known location.
  • Find your phone: Double-press Skip’s Power button to make your phone ring.
  • Keep your phone unlocked: Keep your Motorola phone unlocked and ready to use as long as Skip is nearby. Forget about having to entire your password at home, in the office, or on the go.
    Note: This feature works with Motorola phones only.

Motorola Moto Skip 2014 user manual

Keep in mind the proximity unlock functionality will only work with Motorola smartphones and because the new Skip is always-on, the device features a tiny battery that will need to be replaced regularly (about once a year with normal use). Of course, real world battery life remains to be seen.

Also, the Skip is not water/dust proof, so you might want to leave it in the car if you plan on hitting the beach. We should learn more about the Skip come September 4th during Motorola’s event in Chicago.

[FCC]

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Coin delayed until Spring 2015, but a handicapped early access beta version is coming soon http://phandroid.com/2014/08/22/coin-final-version-delayed-until-2015-early-access-beta-coming-soon/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/22/coin-final-version-delayed-until-2015-early-access-beta-coming-soon/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:29:39 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147398 Coin-beta-edition

Last week, the makers of Coin announced that they’d be emailing early backers this week, allowing them to claim their e-cards. Today, that email has arrived but it includes a few surprises we weren’t exactly expecting. Once the mobile apps have been released (iOS August 28th, Android September 25th), Coin backers will have the choice to either opt in for the beta version (launching as planned), or wait for the final 100% bug-free version which, as it turns out, has been delayed until Spring 2015.

Here’s what Coin said to backers after claiming their Coin from the email:

“We realize that our devoted Backers and early supporters are anxious to get their Coins and we understand the desire to finally have Coin in hand. However, we also recognize the desire for a product that is 100% successful and offers all the features we’ve been developing and promised.

When you download your Coin app, you’ll have the opportunity to opt-in for Coin Beta, or opt to stick it out and wait for Coin. As always, we are grateful for our community in helping us to revolutionize the way we pay. Let’s do this.”

Coin backers will receive their shipping dates only after downloading the required mobile app and choosing either the beta or final version. Keep in mind that although opting for the Coin Beta version gets you non-delayed access to Coin, you’ll still have to purchase the final version later (although at a discounted $30). For those looking to get their hands on Coin as soon as possible, here’s what you’ll have to sacrifice in the beta version:

  • 85% swipe acceptance
  • No Left-Behind Alert
  • Coin Beta users should carry a back up debit or credit card should they identify a machine that can’t yet accept Coin
  • Not available for international Backers (US only)

As we’ve seen so many times in the past with crowd-funding projects like this, unforeseen issues during the manufacturing process typically pop up out-of-the-blue and delay a product’s release, sometimes substantially. It appears Coin wasn’t immune to this and even if it shouldn’t come as a surprise, we have to admit — we’re a little disappointed.

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The ‘world’s most connected man’ is helping us reevaluate our obsession with gadgets [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/the-worlds-most-connected-man-is-helping-us-reevaluate-our-obsession-with-gadgets-video/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/the-worlds-most-connected-man-is-helping-us-reevaluate-our-obsession-with-gadgets-video/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:59:58 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147371 Chris Dancy

As we sit and obsess over the next great gadget or connected devices hitting the scene — Google Glass, smartwatches, WiFi powered thermostats, Bluetooth door locks — sometimes we have to take a step back and reorganize our priorities. As someone who owns both Google Glass and an Android Wear smartwatch, there was this almost embarrassing moment where I stepped out the house wearing both. Not that there would be anything inherently wrong in it, only that it seemed a little… much.

Make no mistake, I love technology and in most cases, embrace it with open arms. But after seeing this new featurette by Mashable about 45 year old Chris Dancy — the self-described “most connected man in the world” — I have to wonder where my gadget obsession could be take me in a few years.

Dancy owns upwards of 700 tracking and life-logging devices, valuing somewhere around $40,000. According to Dancy, this is helping live a more “quantified life,” but to the ordinary Joe Schmoe, this probably looks more like hoarding. A caricature of our future selves, tech experts say this is this is future that is, indeed, coming. We can only hope it doesn’t swallow us whole like it did Dancy.

As crazy as Dancy may look now, it’s entirely possible all these little gadgets could one day come bundled inside a single smartphone or wearable computer. Video below.

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Samsung introduces a single micro USB cable that splits into 3 (but the price may surprise you) http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/samsung-introduces-3-in-1-micro-usb-cable/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/samsung-introduces-3-in-1-micro-usb-cable/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:46:45 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147346 Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger 1

We’re living in a multi-device world and thanks to the very common micro USB standard, there’s a good chance most of your devices can be charged using the same micro USB cable. But what if you have only a single charger and 1 USB cable? You’d have to wait for your phone to charge before plugging in your smartwatch, headphones, or Bluetooth speaker — not good.

Although there are plenty of options when it comes to chargers with multiple USB ports, for a single USB cable solution, your options are far more limited. Sure you can find 3-in-1 USB cables just about anywhere, but for the most part, the connectors are made to support multiple devices (an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, etc.. For whatever reason, finding a single USB cable that can split into nothing but multiple micro USB connectors is much less commonplace.

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Samsung knows this, which is why — given their vast product portfolio of devices featuring micro USB ports — they’ve introduced their “Multi-Charging Wall Charger.” Because there’s nothing fun about our devices fighting over a single USB charger, the cable allows for 3 devices micro USB devices to connect to a single port charger. Pretty nifty if you don’t feel like carrying around multiple USB cables or find yourself somewhere with only a single port charger available (like an airport or someone’s house where it’s built into the wall socket).

Speaking of the charger, the wall wart portion only outputs at 2A and distributes the power flow evenly between connected devices. This means with 2 devices, each will only receive 1A (or 667mA for 3 devices). It’s this, in addition to the steep $40 asking price, that will likely be a deal breaker for some. Especially considering multi-port USB chargers, although much more bulky, offer just as much value (and for much less).

[Samsung]

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Noke is the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled smart padlock [Kickstarter] http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/noke-bluetooth-padlock/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/noke-bluetooth-padlock/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:06:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147060 noke 4

Anyone who has used a padlock knows how much of a burden they can be. Whether it’s the keyhole-equipped contraption that requires you to stumble through your key ring or a combination-based lock where you not only have to remember the combination, but pray that you actually input it correctly, it can make you clinically insane.

That’s where Noke hopes to help improve your life. This Kickstarter claims the honor of being the world’s first Bluetooth smart padlock. It’s one of those things you didn’t think you’d need until someone actually showed it to you. Noke uses Bluetooth to communicate with a smartphone app. The app acts as your digital “key,” and the Noke can automatically sense when you are nearby and unlock your lock for you.

It also makes it easy to give access to your friends or family. Instead of having to give them a key or a complicated password to remember, you can simply give them access through the app and it’ll work for them just as it does for you. It’s even safer in that regard — instead of worrying that someone you don’t totally trust has your combination forever, you can grant them one time access and make sure they only get access to that lock just that once. You can customize access for different people, too, so good ol’ mom can get permanent access while your friend Butchie stays limited.

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One of the first pitfalls that came to mind for me was “what happens when your smartphone dies?” Thankfully the designers at Fuz thought that out carefully, and had good mind to implement a click-based method that would let you get into the lock in the event that you can’t use your smartphone.

The lock’s internal battery is rated for more than a year’s worth of use, so you won’t have to constantly worry about whether or not it has enough juice to remain useful. The battery is user replaceable, thankfully. Also, should the lock be used for outdoors you won’t have to worry about it getting wet thanks to the lack of external buttons and ports, and a waterproof build.

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It all sounds like the makings of a great, well-designed product, and it makes me wish I had the need for a padlock in this day and age. If you do need one, though, this isn’t a bad way to go. Noke is being offered at $59 for the cheapest option, which is said to be $30 cheaper than its targeted retail price.

You can add $20 more if you want a bike mount and cable to go along with it. The project is currently sitting at $66,393 out of its goal of $100,000 as of the time of this writing, and there’s still 29 more days to go. As good as Noke looks to be we’re sure it’ll hit that goal in no time. Should it succeed the project owners are targeting a February ship date, but as we all know these things can be as flakey as a good bowl of cereal.

[via Kickstarter]

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Best LG G3 Accessories http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/best-lg-g3-accessories/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/best-lg-g3-accessories/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:52:40 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146918 On its own, the LG G3 is just about as good as it gets when it comes to Android smartphones. But if you are looking to step up your G3 game, you can start by checking out some of the great accessories available for the handset. From cases to car docks, memory cards to wireless charging, there are options aplenty for the discerning G3 owner.

Check out our LG G3 Review

Best Cases for the LG G3

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LG Quick Circle Case

The LG Quick Circle case is unique for its seamless fit and direct integration with the LG G3. Unlike cases from third-party vendors, this LG-made unit features an innovative circular window that allows users to access notifications, deploy the camera, interact with the handset’s music player, and more, all without opening the folio or unlocking the device. When it comes to offering protection there may be better options, but none other brings the ability to transform the G3 experience. A wireless charging-compatible version is also available. [LG G3 Quick Circle Case ($49.99)]

Other options:

Best Memory Cards for the LG G3

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64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card

If you’re looking to expand the internal storage capacity of your LG G3, you can’t go wrong with the name that started it all. SanDisk offers their MicroSDXC cards in a variety of storage capacities, but 64GB hits the sweet spot. Plenty of storage space at a reasonable price. The kit also comes with a standard SD adapter to easily transfer files between your phone and PC. [64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Memory Card with Adapter ($39.95)]

Other options:

Best Portable Battery Pack for the LG G3

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Incipio offGRID 8000mAh Portable Backup Battery

The LG G3’s capacious 3000mAh battery offers solid performance, but there is bound to come a time where it just won’t cut it. Don’t be left without a quick charge on hand, even if a power outlet is nowhere to be found with Incipio’s offGRID portable battery pack. Rated at 8000mAh, the rugged offGRID battery can juice up the G3 two times over (and then some). [Incipio offGRIB 800mAh Portable Battery ($89.99)]

Other options:

Best Wireless Charging Pad for the LG G3

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LG Qi Wireless Charging Pad (WCP-700)

The LG G3 is one of the few smartphones that comes with wireless charging capabilities as a standard option. To take advantage you will need to get your hands on a wireless charging pad. We recommend a Qi-compatible unit (though LG offers accessories to make the device Powermat-compatible),  namely LG’s WCP-700. With it, charging is as easy as dropping your G3 on the pad and letting it do its magic. [LG Qi Wireless Charging Pad WCP-700 ($69.99)]

Other options:

Best Smartwatch to pair with the LG G3

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LG G Watch

A high-ticket accessory but a useful one nonetheless, the LG G Watch is an Android Wear-powered unit that easily integrates with your smartphone to offer at-a-glance notifications, a selection of apps, and more. The G Watch is a no-brainer for G3 owners looking to take their Android game to the next level. [LG G Watch ($229.00)]

Other options:

Best Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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Braven BRV-X

Whether enjoying some tunes or looking for the perfect audio companion for the G3’s brilliant Quad HD display when streaming video, the Braven BRV-X is a portable wireless speaker that touts excellent performance in a durable package. Designed to provide great sound both indoors and out, the BRV-X easily pairs via Bluetooth and adds a whole new dimension to the G3. [Braven BRV-X ($199.99)

Other options:

Best Headphones for the LG G3

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Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel over-ear headphones

While in-ear headphones seem to be the go-to option for smartphone users, the comfort and added sound quality of a nice set of over-ears can’t be argued with. Audio Technica updates the form factor for the smartphone age by including in-line controls and a microphone as part of their SonicFuel offering. The real draw here, however, is Audio Technica’s legacy in the pro-audio industry, delivering on the promise of great sound. [Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel Over-Ear Headphones ($89.95)]

Other options:

Best Vehicle Dock for the LG G3

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Air Dock with wireless charging

The Air Dock kills two birds with one stone (sorry, avian conservationists). It’s not only a clamp-free vehicle dock utilizing a micro-suction foam face and magnets, but it features an embedded Qi charging pad that tops off your battery while you go. It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to car mounts. [Air Dock (68.99)]

Other options:


Want to get even more out of your LG G3? Check out our list of must-have apps and games for LG’s latest and greatest. Have an accessory suggestion of your own? Head over to Android Forums to join the discussion or sound off in the comments below!

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Navdy proves to be a hit, gains $1 million in first week pre-sales http://phandroid.com/2014/08/15/navdy-hits-1-million-dollars-in-preorders-for-first-week-sales/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/15/navdy-hits-1-million-dollars-in-preorders-for-first-week-sales/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:18:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146990 Navdy Screenshot projector

We have to admit, when we first told you guys about Navdy — a HUD projector for your car that displays notifications from your phone — we thought it was cool, just not $300 cool. I guess not everyone felt the same way. The device, described by many as “ Google Glass for your car,” seems to have been an early success, gaining over $1 million in first week pre-orders (that’s roughly around 3,333 units sold). But that’s only half the story.

According to TechCrunch, Navdy CEO and co-founder Doug Simpson says he’s been seeing a huge response not only from consumers, but from developers looking to get their apps up and running with with the new tech. What’s more, Navdy seems to have caught the eye of automakers who are also expressing their interest in Navdy, but more to the tune of having the device  pre-installed into vehicle dashboards.

Navdy depth of field

Using a combination of voice-guided gesture controls, Navdy will display notifications from your smartphone over a Bluetooth connection. The device then projects it’s UI on a transparent display acting similar to the way the prism in Google Glass works, forcing the driver to focus further away than just the display. Of course, the device doesn’t come without it’s share of controversy, mostly from safe driving proponents who feel this is yet another way to distract drivers from the current task at hand (like getting home in one piece).

Just like we saw with Coin, Navdy is using direct pre-order system, skipping fund raising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo altogether. For those interested, there’s still 20 days left to pick up a Navdy at a discounted $300 (40% off) before it jumps up to the full price offering of $500 early next month. You can pre-order a Navdy here.

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Coin taking shipping info from backers next week, will provide shipping dates inside Android app on Sept 25th http://phandroid.com/2014/08/14/coin-taking-shipping-info-from-backers-next-week-actual-shipping-dates-inside-android-app-release-on-sept-25th/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/14/coin-taking-shipping-info-from-backers-next-week-actual-shipping-dates-inside-android-app-release-on-sept-25th/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:12:49 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146857 Coin Coined

As one of Coins first backers, we were beginning to worry the tiny device might have been nothing more than vaporware. I mean, c’mon — the promise was huge. A tiny Bluetooth device that allows users to scan in and consolidate all their credit cards into 1 electronic card — that’s straight future sh*t right there. Like Motorola, Coin was targeting a “summer” release date but as we near the end of the season, people are looking for some kind of update on when they can expect their Coins to arrive.

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Today the makers of Coin are breaking their silence in an email to backers, notifying those who’ve already pre-ordered the device that next week they’ll finally be able to specify the address Coin will be shipping to in a follow up email. Only then will backers be able to download the iOS and Android apps to reveal the exact date they can expect their Coin to ship. iOS users get the jump (as usual) with the Coin app officially launching on August 28th, while Android users will have to wait almost a full month later for September 25th.

Coin mentions shipping dates are based on when you pre-ordered Coin, so those that got the early jump can expect it before everyone else. For those that have any questions about Coin, the company provided a handy FAQ which we covered in a previous post here.

Don’t forget Coin is still available for pre-order for $50 (50% off) and you can buy it from their website here.

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Samsung’s upcoming VR headset pictured ahead of official IFA reveal http://phandroid.com/2014/08/12/samsung-vr-headset-leaked-ahead-of-ifa-2104/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/12/samsung-vr-headset-leaked-ahead-of-ifa-2104/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:49:01 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146689 samsung-project-moonlight-3.0

Samsung is almost ready to put the final touches on this year’s IFA 2014 show where we expect the manufacturer to reveal a handful of new devices. As so often is the case with Samsung, it appears the OEM will cover all their bases, unveiling a wide range of products they hope will catch consumers’ eyes. While we’re already expecting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be in attendance, it seems Samsung will finally take the wraps off their upcoming VR headset. Codenamed Project Moonlight, the headset signals Samsung’s entrance into the virtual reality gaming arena, one we’ve seen manufacturers take interest in after Facebook purchased Oculus Rift for $2 billion back in March.

Today, The Verge has nabbed a photo of device — who’s official name could be the Samsung Gear VR — showing off a VR headset that closely resembles Google’s Cardboard in both form and function (only with less cardboard and more of Samsung’s trademark plastic). You can see a plastic case to attach a Galaxy smartphone to one end, while specially fitted adjustable lenses help the user focus on the content being displayed into each eye. Because the display is only one component of the unique gameplay the VR headset offers, Samsung’s control pad is also picture alongside the headset.

And there you have it. We expect to learn more during Samsung’s IFA even which will kick off simultaneously in both Berlin, and New York. Of course, Phandroid will be in attendance bringing you some hands-on/eyes-on with Project Moonlight and more, so stay tuned.

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Android Deals: Top smartphones on sale, Robin Williams honored, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/08/12/android-deals-august-12/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/12/android-deals-august-12/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:44:54 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146645 deals

Searching for a new phone? This week we dig up deals on some of the hottest handsets on the market plus a Google Play tribute to Robin Williams, a Minuum Keyboard sale, and more. Remember, all deals here were accurate at time of posting but they won’t last forever. Act quick!

Hardware & Accessories

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Save 66% on an ASUS Transformer Pad TF-300 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. Normally priced at $265, this budget-friendly version of ASUS’ popular transforming Android tablet sees its pricing drop to an even friendlier $135 for a limited time only (plus free shipping). [eBay]

Knock $100 on select smartphones at Best Buy including the LG G3 (Verizon, now $99), Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T, only $1.00), and HTC One M8 (all carriers, $99). Other deals include the Samsung Galaxy S3 for only a penny, LG G2 for $50, and HTC One M7 for $1. [Best Buy]

Get the an ASUS Iconia tablet bundle for $120 including a Targus QuickFit case, 16GB PNY memory card, and screen cleaning kit. Combined, this bundle would normally sell for $200. [Best Buy]

Apps & Games

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Get three years of VPN Unlimited premium access for $19 and browse the mobile web with confidence. Operting over a secure Virtual Private Network, VPN Unlimited keeps your browsing habits private and encrypts your data, making it perfect for use when surfing a public network. A premium subscription offers unlimited browsing speeds and bandwidth. VPN Unlmited is available for Android and PC, and the price includes access for up to five separate devices. [AndroidArea]

Become a master Android programmer for $19 with this Learn & Master the Fundamentals bundle. The price includes 105 lectures spread over 9.5 hours that will give you all the tools you need to become proficient in programming for the Android ecosystem. [AndroidArea]

App Deals

Game Deals

Music & Media

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After the tragic passing of Robin Williams, Google Play has a collection of the comedians more memorable films featured at reduced prices for all to commemorate his body of work. You’ll also find free Shark Week and a large selection of discounted albums at Google Play and Amazon.

Music Singles

Music Albums

Movies

TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

 

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Our favorite car mount is now 52% off on Amazon but for today only [DEALS] http://phandroid.com/2014/08/11/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-mount-half-off-today-only/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/11/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-mount-half-off-today-only/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:30:26 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146582 nGroove groovin

It’s been a good couple of years ago since we last told you guys about the Mountek nGroove CD slot car mount for smartphones and phablets. Finding a good, solid car mount is thing to do these days, but we fell in love with Mountek’s design which puts to use that old CD slot gathering dust inside your car. Over years, the car mount has gotten more than enough good use and we find it’s one of the best purchases we’ve made through the years. We absolutely love it.

Normally priced at $25, Mountek’s nGroove CD slot car mounts are the subject of today’s Amazon Gold Box deal. The 24 hour deal sees both the nGroove Grip (picture above) and nGroove Snap (magnetic) discounted a full 36% and 52%, respectively. That’s an insane deal for a product we gave a glowing review back in 2012.

In fact, you can find our review should you still find yourself a little wary of making an impulse buy and while a CD slot design probably isn’t for everyone, it definitely comes in handy should you find yourself streaming all your music from your Android device (I mean, who uses CDs anymore?).

The deal wont last long and is only valid until the end of today. So, if you’ve been looking for a solid car mount (one that wont obstruct your view), links to purchase the Mountek nGroove on Amazon can be found below. Cheers!

Mountek nGroove CD slot car mount ($16)

Mountek nGroove Snap 2 CD slot car mount ($19)

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Navdy is like Google Glass for your car, looks to make even the oldest beater “smart” http://phandroid.com/2014/08/05/navdy-is-like-google-glass-for-your-car-looks-to-make-even-the-oldest-beaters-smart/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/05/navdy-is-like-google-glass-for-your-car-looks-to-make-even-the-oldest-beaters-smart/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:48:41 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146261 Navdy jpeg-3

2014 is gearing up to the be year we finally see a big push into the software side of our automobiles. Google and Apple are both looking to go head-to-head with various implementations of their own, gathering bannermen in an effort to finally make our cars as smart as our mobile devices. While you’re busy choosing sides, here comes a new cross-platform device called Navdy that plays well with just about any smartphone.

Navdy looks to take that same basic principal of Google Glass (displaying information in front of you) but in a way you can still pick up chicks on the street without looking like a total douche. Because not very many people have the wallet (or the self-esteem) to wear something like Google Glass, Navdy is already looking much more appealing in the automotive space.

Navdy Screenshot projector

Think of it like a really advanced speaker phone, but one that runs on Android and has its own UI. Using a tiny projector, Navdy presents the driver with visual cues of incoming calls, SMS messages, and shoots them on its tiny, transparent display.

But that’s not all it can do. Each Navdy is outfitted with an infrared camera and microphone, allowing you interact with Navdy either by using very basic hand gestures, or by voice. Notifications are handled by Navdy’s Android or iOS apps, allowing you to customize what pops up on the HUD.

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Navdy hardware specs

  • 5.1″ wide transparent Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • High quality projector
  • IR camera for touchless gesture control
  • Accelerometer, e-compass, ambient light sensor
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0/LE
  • Audio out via Bluetooth or 3.5mm minijack, mini-USB port
  • Internal speaker and microphone with noise canceling DSP
  • Dual core processor running Android 4.4
  • OBD-II power and data connection to car computer, with optional 12 volt power adapter
  • Portable, bendable, non-marking, powered friction mount, with magnetic connection to the device
  • Dimensions (excluding mount): width: 130mm, depth: 140mm, height: 95mm (including display)

Of course, Navdy isn’t without some controversy. The ongoing debate on whether or not we need more distracted driving on our roads and even if Navdy is designed to be safer than looking down at your phone, there are those who feel it’s just as distracting as all those Glassholes making headlines a few months back. Like most things, we’ll let you decide for yourself.

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This seems like a really bad time to take a call from Mom

You can check out Navdy’s funny new promo video with Adam Lisagor — Silicon Valley startups’ favorite video director –  who you may remember as the “Coin” guy down below. If you like what you see, the Navdy isn’t cheap and is set to launch in “early 2015″ at $500. But for the next 30 days, early adopters can pre-order one at a much discounted $300 (40% off). Any takers?

[Navdy]

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LG G Watch Charging Cradle lands on Google Play, grab a spare/replacement for only $20 http://phandroid.com/2014/08/05/lg-g-watch-charging-cradle-lands-on-google-play-grab-a-sparereplacement-for-only-20/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/05/lg-g-watch-charging-cradle-lands-on-google-play-grab-a-sparereplacement-for-only-20/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:32:02 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146236 LG G Watch charging cradle

Ah, we knew it was only a matter of time before LG started making available accessories for their LG G Watch in the Play Store. As G Watch owners ourselves, the one we were most concerned with was the charging cradle, LG’s proprietary method for charging their smartwatch. When the smartwatch first launched, if you misplaced your cradle you were completely bum out of luck as there was no way to replace it.

Thankfully, the wait wasn’t too long and now we can all rest easy knowing there’s a replacement available. At $20, the cradle wont come cheap, but it’s your only option until 3rd party options become available. Buy a spare (or replacement) LG G Watch Charging Cradle via the link below.

Buy on Google Play: LG G Watch Charging Cradle

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