Google Nexus 7 Dock now available in Canada

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Mar 062013
 
Google Nexus 7 Dock

Google Nexus 7 Dock

It’s taken a bit of time but Google today announced via Twitter that the Google Nexus 7 dock is finally available in Canada.

Charge and dock your Nexus 7. This dock is expertly angled for optimum viewing of your Google Play movies and television shows. It comes equipped with an audio jack that is ideal for a powered speaker system. The Nexus 7 Dock features a polished exterior and a rubberized base for a sleek look and a secure hold. The micro USB port in the Nexus 7 Dock makes charging easy, so the fun never has to end!

The dock comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. It requires Android 4.2 and audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected. It measures 220 by 65 by 30 millimeters and weighs 280 grams.

The Google Nexus 7 Dock sell for CA$29.99. It currently shows that it will ship within 1 to 2 weeks.

Read more: Google Play (Source: Twitter)

Sony to offer Charging Dock DK26 for Xperia Z

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Jan 082013
 

Sony will offer a charging dock, aptly called the Charging Dock DK26, for its just announced Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphone. From the pictures, it appears to be a rather straightforward affair. No ports, HDMI or otherwise are visible, leaving the dock to charge and cradle your device. At the right price, it could have its use.

Sony Charging Dock DK26Sony Charging Dock DK26

The design takes its cues from the sharp lines of the Xperia Z. It measures 144 by 40 by 30 millimeters and weighs 55.4 grams.

There are no pricing and availability details yet but it’s likely to be available around the same time as the Xperia Z (later this quarter).

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Google Nexus 7 docking station coming soon for US$39.99

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Dec 202012
 

Despite the success of the Google Nexus 7, Google and ASUS have been slow to offer accessories for it. So far, we have only seen a cover (available in three colours) and a charger. Earlier this month, we got a peak at an upcoming docking station. It is now listed on the B&H for US$39.99 (or CA$39.53). It is not available yet but you can sign up to be notified when it will be.

The dock comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. It requires Android 4.2 and audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected.

Google Nexus 7 Dock

The site lists an expected availability date of December 30th, 2012.Given the lack of Nexus 7 accessory availability at the Google Play in Canada, you’ll be relieved to know that B&H ships to Canada.

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Upcoming ASUS Google Nexus 7 docking station revealed

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Dec 012012
 

ASUS Japan may have inadvertently revealed a new accessory for the Google Nexus 7 [product information]. Listed on its website is a new Nexus 7 docking station

ASUS Nexus 7 dock

ASUS Nexus 7 dock

The dock measures 219.1 by 65.1 by 30.3 millimeters and weighs about 280 grams. It comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. The Nexus 7 must be running Android 4.2 and the audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected. The one picture showing the Nexus 7 in the dock shows it in landscape orientation.

The ASUS Nexus 7 dock will be available starting in early December (in Japan at least) for ¥3,480 (about CA$42). There is no word yet on availability elsewhere but it will hopefully show up on the Google Play Store as well.

Read more: ASUS Japan (in Japanese) [Google translation] (Source: SlashGear)

Promotional ASUS Padfone 2 videos

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Oct 162012
 

Along with today’s ASUS Padfone 2 announcement, ASUS has released three videos of the smartphone/tablet hybrid device. The first is a short 30 second promotion. It is followed by a longer video that goes over the technical specifications of both the Padfone 2 and its Padfone 2 Station. The third and longest video delves a bit into the manufacturer’s ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy.

PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7″ Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1″ tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.

This might be as close as we get in North America to seeing the ASUS Padfone 2 in action.

Read more: ASUS [via YouTube]

ASUS announces ASUS Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station

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Oct 162012
 

As expected, ASUS today unveiled the Padfone 2, the Android smartphone that transforms into a tablet with its optional Padfone 2 Station accessory. The event was held in both Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan. The Padfone 2 smartphone itself boasts improved specifications, including a quad-core processor and LTE connectivity, over its predecessor while the dock has been completely redesigned.

ASUS Padfone 2ASUS Padfone 2 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.3
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS & GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super IPS+
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB onboard and 50GB free ASUS Webstorage for 2 years
  • Rear-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Front-facing camera: 13MP AF with f/2.4 aperture
  • Battery: 2,140mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 137.9 x 69 x 9 millimeters / 135 grams
  • Colours: Black, White

ASUS Padfone StationASUS Padfone 2 Station specifications:

  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: 1MP
  • Connectors: ASUS 13-pin dock connector
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 514 grams

The ASUS Padfone 2 will launch before the end of December in a number of European and Asian countries. No mention was made of a North American launch and it remains unclear if the Padfone 2 will ever launch here. It will sell for €799 (about CA$1030) for the 32GB model and €899 (about CA$1160) for the 64GB model with the Station included.

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ASUS Padfone 2 pictures and specifications leaked

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Oct 132012
 

A number of press images of the ASUS Padfone 2 have leaked ahead of its unveiling event on October 16th. They reveal not only the smartphone itself but also its PadFone Station accessory.

Rumoured ASUS Padfone 2

Rumoured ASUS Padfone 2

Meanwhile, Bloomberg got a sneak peek at the smartphone and its PadFone Station docking accessory. The smartphone looks much like its predecessor but will sport a larger 4.7-inch HD display and a 13MP camera. No mention was made of LTE, another rumoured addition over the original version. The PadFone Station itself has been significantly redesigned and is thinner and lighter.

ASUS will formally unveil the ASUS Padfone 2 on October 16th. It remains to be seen if we will see it in North America.

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter], @evleaks [via Twitter], and Bloomberg

Motorola confirms kills off Webtop and Lapdock accessories

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Oct 082012
 

Motorola LapDock 100Rumours that Motorola would kill of its Webtop software and LapDock accessories have been confirmed. First announced with the Motorola ATRIX, recent devices such as the Motorola Atrix HD or RAZR HD did not come preloaded with Webtop and did not support the Lapdock line of accessories. Motorola provided the following statement to CNET:

“Motorola’s Webtop app helps users extend their smartphone experience to larger screens. While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industry, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices. We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktoplike features. Beginning with Photon Q and Droid Razr M/Droid Razr HD/Droid Razr Maxx HD, we will no longer be including Webtop on our products moving forward.”

Despite a lot of excitement when first announced, Webtop never lived up to the promise it offered and high Lapdock prices and limited functionality kept customers away.

Read more: CNET

Rumour: Motorola kills off Webtop software

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Sep 112012
 

Given that recent Motorola smartphones such as the Motorola ATRIX HD does not support Motorola’s Webtop software and Lapdock accessories, it should come as little surprise that the company has reportedly stopped developing the desktop companion software. Citing sources at both Google and Motorola, PhoneNews.com adds that the decision came from high up with Google driving the decision.

The Webtop concept held much promise but it was marred by flawed execution. The latest version, Webtop 3.0, promised to address many concerns and a number of new features including the ability for apps to run in full screen and the ability to run on HDTVs. The video below shows WebTop 3.0 in action:

The report concludes with the prediction that the promise of Webtop will make its way into Android within the next two major releases as a standard feature.

Read more: PhoneNews.com (Source: TalkAndroid)

Motorola ATRIX HD does not support Webtop or Lapdock

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Jul 142012
 

Motorola ATRIX HDMotorola this week announced the Motorola ATRIX HD for both Bell Mobility in Canada and AT&T in the U.S. Phone Scoop has learned that, unlike other recent Motorola smartphones, the ATRIX HD does not support Motorola’s Webtop software and Lapdock accessories. A company spokesperson explained that the omission was a decision made to keep the price as low as possible:

“Motorola Atrix HD was designed for people who get excited about new technology that is relevant to their lifestyle, but are also price conscious. So we’re offering the experiences and software that this target would be most interested in and still be able to make it affordable.”

While the Lapdock and Webtop concept which includes the Firefox browser as well as access to both phone data and apps is really interesting, the execution and price of the dock has not lived up (yet) to the promise. Motorola recently previewed the next version of Webtop, suggesting that we will see it in future devices.

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Gadgetorama unboxes the Motorola RAZR and LapDock 100

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Dec 192011
 

While we are working on our review of the Motorola RAZR and LapDock 100, here is an unboxing of the latest two gadgets to make their way to Gadgetorama headquarters for those who like to see exactly what comes in the box.

Look for our review in the upcoming days – assuming that I can get all my Christmas shopping and preparations ready quickly…

Oct 192011
 

Motorola Lapdock 500 ProAlong with the Motorola RAZR and DROID RAZR for Verizon, Motorola yesterday announced a second Lapdock accessory, the Lapdock 500 Pro. It comes with a larger display, a full-size keyboard with dedicated Android keys, and a few more features than the smaller Lapdock 100.

Lapdock 500 Pro is designed for mobility – it is significantly lighter than most laptops that have as large a screen, and easily fits in a briefcase or backpack. Use it at home, in the office, at your favorite coffee shop, at the airport or in your hotel room when traveling. With seven hours of battery life, you can stay productive all day, and the Lapdock charges your phone while docke

Motorola Lapdock 500 Pro specifications:

  • Display: 14-inch (1366 x 768 pixels)
  • Input: Full-size keyboard with dedicated Android keys
  • Storage: SD card slot
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: Yes
  • Connectors: 2 USB ports, 3.5 mm headset jack, VGA out, Ethernet port
  • Dimensions / weight: 337.5 x 249.8 x 21.9 millimeters / 1.5 kilograms

The Lapdock 500 Pro is currently compatible with the Motorola RAZR and will be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled smartphones. There is no word yet on whether it also supports the Motorola ATRIX 2, PHOTON 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola which the Lapdock 100 does.

Motorola did not provide pricing and availability details for the Lapdock 500 Pro.

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Motorola LapDock 100 headed to Sprint October 21st?

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Oct 162011
 

Motorola LapDock 100We already know that the Motorola LapDock 100 lands today at AT&T along the new Atrix 2. According to a leaked employee rewards email obtained by Engadget.com, it will also be available through Sprint starting on October 21st.

Unlike the original LapDock, the new model will not be tied to one specific device. Aside from the Atrix 2, it will also work with the Photon 4G available from Sprint and Verizon’s DROID Bionic. It comes with the Webtop application with a full desktop-class Firefox browser, a file manager, a 10.1-inch display, two USB ports, a full-sized keyboard and two-finger scroll pad.

There is still no word on how much the LapDock 100 will cost.

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