Philips Introduces Fidelio Universal Speakers For Android Devices


Well, what have we here. Looks like Philips hopes to cash in on the world’s leading OS by making their line of Fidelio speakers Android device compatible. Smart move. Whereas we see iPhone compatible speakers flooding the home audio section of our electronic retailers everyday, it’s nice to finally get some Android love.

These speakers come in a variety of shapes in sizes with each speaker — AS851, AS351 and AS111 — featuring docks that are fully adjustable to fit any micro USB equipped Android device. As far as audio connectivity goes, the Fidelio speakers are Bluetooth compatible allowing you to play your jams in-dock or while across the room using the dedicated Philips app. Still no word on pricing, but Philips will be showing off this entire Fidelio line during IFA this week.

September 01, 2011
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.

[Via Engadget]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. about time someone done something for us and not bogus ios devices

  2. honestly, i wouldn’t drop more than 50 on the largest one. it would be nice if there were a docking solution for full fledged stereo systems.

    1. 50$ for the largest one?
      Please kill yourself, seriously.
      At least 200$ for the smallest one would be correct.

      1. 200 bucks? Is that some kind of joke?

    2. People like you are the reason no Android docks are made.

      1. no android docks are made because of people who want value? hey, if you want to blow 100+ dollars on what amounts to being a single speaker be my guest. but if i’m going to drop more than $50 i want more than that.

        it’s amusing that you can’t provide any reasoning WHY it’s worth a great deal of money but people like you and the pedobear below resort only to personal attacks.

        1. I’m not saying I’ll buy it. But realistically, a 50$ large dock won’t happen. Not in this economy. And what the fuck is the pedobear?

          1. that’s kind of my point. especially in this economy, i’m not prepared to drop a lot of money on something that basically has one function.

            now, make it a hub and you may just have me. give it connectivity to existing surround sound systems as well as TV (for streaming video) and PC (for every imaginable reason) and suddenly it becomes a lot more valuable.

            how awesome would it be to be able to plug into a dock and have it connect in such a way that your cell phone is now your house phone(using VOIP handsets). though i would have no idea how to manage that on the technical side, i’m certain it could be done.

            my point is, in order to be worth more than just a few bucks it has to do something for me that i can’t do now, and right now i can copy the songs from my phone to my PC and play them from there with the same basic effect

            as far as what pedobear is, take a look at dario sucic’s profile picture and make sure to keep your kids away from him.

  3. Nice!

  4. That seems to be a pretty high price for something so small, there can’t be something right about it. Why don’t you have a seat?

  5. Being the only game in town, or at least legit game in town, these items will command more money.

  6. Will these speakers grant you access to a kinky costume/sex party for the rich elite??

  7. Am I the only person who doesn’t want a clock/speaker that keeps a different time than my phone?

  8. Finally now I can play one of my MP3 players with micro usb and my Android phone. other than using Ipods/Iphone. been waiting for this for a long time. don’t have to keep looking at crappy APPLE products

  9. I just wish that the Android phones could stream audio via the micro-USB connection. Apple really has a leg up in having a single connector for audio, power, and remote control of their devices. I’ve always felt like this was a design shortcoming of the Android ecosystem. A2DP bluetooth is okay, but not ideal. It’s another layer of software/complexity to have to deal with. I’ve used it to connect to headphones and it worked fine after a bunch of initial futzing. I prefer no futz.

  10. I’ve been dying for something like this but if you people think it won’t cost more than $50 you are crazy. Even docks for the Atrix and other phones cost that much, lol!!

    1. if you look at what i said, i said i wouldn’t pay more than $50. i am under no illusion as to what the actual price range will be, i just don’t see the value in it.

      like i said, make it something more akin to(or at least integratable with) an entire sound system, or give it more functionality than just being a speaker and that’s a different story. though if even if it’s something that would integrate into a sound system the fact that i would have to pay for it separately would still limit the amount of money i would be willing to spend on it.

  11. I am looking forward to it-still have a JBL dock from when I had a (shudder) iPhone 3G. My Samsung Captivate looks forward to this.

  12. This is completely useless for one very good reason: The bluetooth stereo A2DP on Android devices is stuck at a ridiculously low bitrate, so it sounds crackly and horrible compared to any other mobile.

    If the dock is just used to charge, and relies on bluetooth for audio, this will never sound good.

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