There are a lot of features packed into our smartphones, but for many, nothing is more important than the ability of the device to function as a music player. Manufacturers are putting a lot of effort into making sure that their high-end flagship devices don’t give consumers a reason to complain when it comes to this key feature. We’ve seen this happen recently, with the Beats Audio integration with the HTC One X (and all other new HTC releases), and the Samsung Galaxy S3 being no slouch in the sound quality department either.
Granted, the best way to enjoy the high-quality capabilities of our smartphones is by using a [...]
Texting and driving has been successfully banned in 39 out of 50 states in America. Therefore, Bluetooth control and “hands free” systems are becoming the standard. For example, Ford Sync by Microsoft is being placed in many of their newer cars. The price recently dropped to $295 which makes SYNC “the most capable and most affordable system on the market”. However, if you are not going to be purchasing a new Ford anytime soon, or you are looking for a less expensive option, Parrot’s Minikit Neo might be the choice for you.
The device has a simplistic and sleek design that attaches to the [...]
When the Jawbone ERA arrived at my doorstep, it caught me completely off guard: I completely forgot it was heading my way for a review. But after spending some time with it, I can assure you, I will not forget the ERA anytime soon. I’ve never really saw myself as one to use a Bluetooth ear piece, because I was always under the impression that they were uncomfortable and clumsy. Is this the case with the Jawbone ERA?Video
AUDIONoiseAssassin® 3.0 with wind reduction 10mm wideband speaker (HD audio) Automatic volume control Voice announcements
TECHNOLOGYBuilt-in accelerometer (motion sensor) MotionX™ technology Dual [...]
We have already seen many useful apps in the Android Market, apps that we probably have been using even now. Be they for productivity, entertainment, or whatnot, these apps are an important part of our Android gadgets.
We recently ran into the Tablet Remote app, an Android app whose function confused us at first. After installing the app, though, we discovered that it’s actually a useful one. The app uses Bluetooth to communicate with fellow Android devices. It seems to be an interesting and unique function. If you’re intrigued about what this app can do, read on to find out more.
When we first saw the name of the app, we were quite intrigued. Why should [...]
Emulators, oh emulators, where would we be without you. The N64 heralded a new generation of awesome multiplayer gaming with games like GoldenEye, Mortal Kombat, MarioKart, and more. If you’re craving a chance to relive the glory days of late 90’s gaming – then you’re probably asking yourself – how are we all going to interact with my Android device? Well, thankfully, a savvy developer, Yongzh, has updated N64oid to have multiple bluetooth controller support.
Most recently, we created a comprehensive guide on how to play N64 and PSX games on your Android tablet and/or phone. The developer behind N64oid, Yongzh, had his app pulled from the [...]
Here’s a quick demonstration I shot of Motorola’s H17txt Bluetooth headset and the MotoSpeak app for Android that you can use with it. MotoSpeak will read out your text messages through the headset as they arrive, and if you upgrade to the full version you’ll get access to email and different voices.
You’ll find MotoSpeak freely available in the Android Market.
An eagle eyed member of Android forums scanned the FCC and scooped the Nexus One desktop dock which received FCC approval last week. The outline drawing of the desktop dock is not revealing but the test report reveals a bit of an oddity – the desktop dock includes integrated Bluetooh 2.1+EDR, seemingly duplicating the Bluetooth functionality of the phone. Any guesses as to what extra functionality would be provided by the secondary Bluetooth in the desktop dock? Unless someone with inside information comes forward, this is one mystery that may have to wait for the official announcement before it is solved.
The Samsung Behold 2, also known as the Samsung SGH-T939, had already been spotted with a Wi-Fi Operability Certificate back in July and appeared to be heading to T-Mobile. Back then, nothing else was really very clear, including whether the device would be running Android. Well now, the Bluetooth special interests group website has a specification sheet out detailing the Samsung Behold 2. According to the design description, “The Samsung SGH-T939 is a GSM phone, featuring a 3.2” AMOLED full touch screen and WiFi connectivity, giving users access to Google™ Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.”
I guess we can factor in that the Samsung Behold also offers [...]
Broadcom Corporation, one of the world leaders in both wireless and wired communications, has announced that the driver software it developed to control its single chip Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM solution is now a standard component of the latest version of the Android OS.
Current Android mobile phones, like the G1, feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but use distinct components for each. With the latest Broadcom ‘combo-chip’, coupled with the new software drivers, developers and users alike will benefit from the improvements, including decreased power consumption and simplified integration of these connectivity technologies.
Broadcom claims to be the first chipmaker to [...]
The last time you may have seen or heard of Redfly, you might have thought that it was merely a Windows Mobile terminal. However, the developers at Redfly have announced that they have been working on a proof of concept of their Redfly mobile terminal working with an Android phone.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Redfly, Redfly is a small netbook looking device that links with a smartphone, via bluetooth or USB, and allows the user to make use of the phone’s OS with the Redfly’s keyboard and cursor. The resolution on most phones is also upped to fit the Redfly’s screen.
What’s most intriguing about Redfly’s proof of concept [...]