October 23, 2014

10 Android-related things you might have missed

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This Edition: Musemini, Springpad, Acoustic Research, Lono Sprinkler Controller, Opera, Consumer Reports, Gameloft, Qualcomm Tq, Nest, and Tablo DVR

In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on AndroidGuys. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. If you have something that you think is worth a mention on AndroidGuys, be sure to reach out to us via our contact page.

Lono Sprinkler Controller

The Lono controller replaces your existing sprinkler system or works for new installs. It has wifi, bluetooth, a battery backup, snooze button, and slots for up to 20 zones all surrounded by a splash resistant case. A companion smart phone app allows you to interact with your system from just about anywhere.

This one has already smashed its funding goal and will have an Android version of the app coded for release!

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Opera 18 browser

Opera is well-known for its mobile phone browsers, but with the release of Opera 18, the new browser has been tailored specifically for a tablet UX. With Opera 18 for Android, tablets get the all-inclusive Opera browser treatment, including the Discover feature, the Off-Road mode, which compresses data traffic to minimize data usage, and Speed Dial, an Opera innovation, which allows you to easily access your most frequently visited webpages.

Consumer Reports

The annual Consumer Reports service ratings survey is out and it sees Sprint coming in last place with “dismal” marks for value, voice, text, and 4G reliability. Verizon is the top major carrier followed bu AT&T and T-Mobile, who received “ho hum” scores.

Gameloft

Gameloft recently announced that some of their mobile games have been optimized to take advantage of Logitech’s standard controller as well as MOGA’s stuff as well!

  • Standard Controller (Logitech): Dungeon Hunter 4, Gangstar Vegas, Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • Extended Controller (MOGA): Dungeon Hunter 4, Gangstar Vegas

Springpad

Springpad has some new customized notebook templates to help users plan and organize everyday tasks and projects. Grab a few templates and ideas at http://holidays.springpad.com/ and start collaborating on year-end fun!

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Tablo DVR

Tablo DVR has less than two weeks to go before funding ends and needs your help. What does it you, you ask? Imagine the functionality of a DVR and the portable convenience of browsing, recording and streaming free local HDTV broadcasts.

Tablo is a next-generation DVR that plugs into an HDTV antenna to capture free, local HDTV broadcast programs including news and sports within the US and Canada. Unlike traditional DVRs that are connected to one TV, Tablo streams content to any connected device inside your home or anywhere you have internet.

Learn more at indiegogo.

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Qualcomm Toq

Qualcomm is now taking pre-orders for its Toq smartwatch, with an expected December 2 availability. Black is the only color offered at this time; white is “coming soon”.

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Acoustic Research

Acoustic Research introduces their new line of attractive and functional tech accessories designed with the modern woman in mind. Leading the collection is the wireless Bluetooth speaker that combines trends from the runway with crisp, clear and portable sound. The design rethinks traditional speaker shape and surface, adding a feminine touch with soft, rounded corners, leather detailing and a tactile face that calls upon the tufted fabric trend. Look for these in black, white, white and pink polka-dot, and leopard print in Sprint 2014.

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Musemini ClipR

Turn anything with a 3.5mm audio jack into a Bluetooth and/or NFC enabled device with this tiny little receiver.  Clip it onto your headphones or plug it into your speaker and rest easy knowing you can get upwards of 30 feet away from the source without dropping audio.

NFC enabled and Bluetooth 4.0 receiver meant for your home stereo, headphones, car, speaker, you name it if it has a 3.5mm jack. ClipR Bluetooth Dongle delivers rich audio sound wireless from any NFC-Bluetooth enabled device.  It is rare in such a compact and versatile package. For use in your home or outdoors and with incredibly small size, the ClipR is perfect for music, phone calls, or games.  Clip on and Rock on with the built in clip that attaches to any surface.

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Nest Protect

Just a quick heads up that you can now buy Nest Protect $129 in two versions (wired, battery powered) and in either white or black. Also, Nest has released version 4.0 of the Nest app, with upgrades that include a new interface, support for Nest Protect and improved control of the Nest Learning Thermostat.