When I last wrote about Invoxia’s AudiOffice, I had one complaint… its lack of Lightning support for modern iOS devices. Fortunately, its new device fixes this. I actually had another minor complaint—its name, which led me to joke that it was an accessory for Audi automobiles! In the latest version, the mixed-case name is gone, now simply called Audioffice ($299).
The newer Audioffice is an elegant accessory, with a companion app, invoxia (free) that turns your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a full function conference room speakerphone. You also can use internal and alternative apps like FaceTime, Skype, etc.
Having quality audio anywhere you go can enhance just about any situation – and Bluetooth® speakers can make that happen. Unfortunately a majority of these speakers aren’t inexpensive, so using them in any condition whatseover – especially where water is involved – can be very risky.
Or in other words, you can swap the Bridge from your computer to phone (or tablet) without the need for any additional cables. The Bridge is available in a 16GB or 32GB storage option and is priced at $17.99 or $28.99 respectively. While all this sounds interesting enough so far, there is one catch that comes with the supported devices — for now this will be limited to those running Jelly Bean.
Aside from Jelly Bean, there is a device compatibility list because unfortunately not all Jelly Bean devices are supported. The Bridge also needs devices with support for a micro USB On-The-Go (OTG) connector. The list includes a variety of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG smartphones as well as Samsung, Lenovo and Asus tablets. Also worth noting, the Leef Bridge drive does support the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
At present the Leef Bridge is available by way of the Leef website. Finally, while storage is limited to 16GB or 32GB at the moment, Leef has said a 64GB model will be available relatively soon. Pricing for the 64GB Bridge has yet to be announced, however the drive is expected to arrive in July.
Two weeks ago we’ve told you that Oppo will soon launch a new device which once again would make the Chinese company known as maker of the world’s thinnest smartphone. The Oppo R809T has been officially announced, but we’re said to say it’s not as thin as we thought it will be. Instead of having a 6.13mm thick body, the phone has thickness of 6.93mm. That’s still pretty impressive but the title of the world’s thinnest smartphone remains at the hands of TCL and its Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra (which has a 6.45mm thin body).
All said, Oppo’s baby is still an impressive device with specs that include a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor (most likely MediaTek MT6589), 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing one and 1GB of RAM. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running the show right from the get-go.
Makes gaming on touch-screen devices much easier. Controls are similar to that of a PlayStation controller, so it’s easy to pick up and learn. Wireless.
Pricey. You can’t use the controller for full navigation; touch-screen menu selection is required for some games. Not compatible with all games. Button remapping requires a computer.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller aims to improve your touch-screen gaming experience, but it comes with some limitations and a too-high price.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller ($79.99 direct) is a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-platform gamepad that is compatible with Android and iOS tablets and phones, PCs, and Macs. It aims to make touch-screen gaming less frustrating and easier to control.
Mukulus wants to offer all sorts of zoom lenses for your smartphones as early as the summer. You may be aware of such similar devices like the reflex and system cameras. We tried out the prototypes and were super impressed. Take a look!
It looks like the rumors that HP was entering the Android tablet game are true, although it will be on the lower end of the spectrum and not the top tiered Tegra 4 device that they were thought to be producing. Just a few minutes ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the company made the official announcement of their very own budget 7 inch tablet, the Slate 7, thus entering a market that has been on a roll since the announcement of the Nexus 7 not even a year ago.
Only a short time has passed since HP’s last tablet venture, the Touchpad. That device didn’t take off until after it was discontinued and then sold at ridiculously low prices starting at $99. Even though it wasn’t running Android natively, the ROMming community took the device under their wing and it’s still alive today running Google’s OS.
The spec sheet for the HP Slate 7 is as follows:
7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display
1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
1GB of RAM
8GB of storage expandable via micro-SD
3 megapixel rear camera
VGA front camera
10.7 mm thin
197mm x 116mm
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Along with promising five hours of video playback, HP has also added Beats Audio into the Slate 7 giving the tablet top notch sound. They also spared no expense on the body crafting the entire frame in stainless steel. Additionally HP announced that along with the tablet will come a printing application, the HP ePrint, which allows for “wireless printing on the go and more.” The Slate 7 will be available in three colors, steel, black or red and will be available in April for $169.
With Mobile World Congress in full swing we should expect more tablets in this category to be dropping in the next few days and hours. So far this morning we’ve seen Lenovo unveil a pair of seven inchers, the A1000 and A3000, as well as the eight inch Galaxy Note by Samsung. Only time will tell if the Slate 7 will be able to compete, but even with such a low resolution display that small $169 price tag certainly makes it a contender. That’s so long as the second version of the Nexus 7 doesn’t blow everything out of the water when it comes out in a couple of months.