The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices - Part 2
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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices – Part 2

Part 2 of ‘The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices’ has a few more Android oddities to show you…

Umeox Appollo Solar Powered Android Phone

For the greener amongst you, it’s nice to know that there’s an Android smartphone that will keep your conscience clear. For anybody off in ‘the middle of nowhere, where the last thing you’re liable to see is a power socket, it’s reassuring to know that there’s an Android to fill your needs.

Umeox Appollo is powered by solar, so as long as there’s sunlight you’ll have a working Android phone. Requires just 2.5 hours of sunlight to charge its built-in solar panel, but if the battery runs out completely it’s going to take a blistering 17 hours of sunbathing to get Umeox Appollo back to 100%.

As with companies such as Huawei, Umeox is an established Chinese manufacturer that’s been providing phones to be re-branded. Umax Appollo was set, in February 2011, for release in China. It was debatable whether it would surface in the USA or Europe, and it’s seeming likely that we won’t be seeing it after all, if we do, however, it will probably sport a different moniker.

Appresso

We all know that caffeine is the preferred drug of choice. Coffee bars are springing up on every high street in the UK as fast as your local breweries are ringing ‘last orders’ for the very last time. Appresso is a coffee addicts paradise, making sure that you’re perfect cuppa is always within reach, even when the Coffee shops have shut for the night… and it’s controlled by Android.

This perfect coffee lovers partner knows exactly what your favorite espresso is. Dock your Android device and as it charges it communicates with Appresso and delivers your drink while at the same time playing your fave tracks if you wish. Or music can be played from a QR code on the coffee cup.

We expect to see this design, by In-oh Yoo and Bong-yup Song, on behalf of Meta trend Institute, to be hitting the UK in the near future. We predict that this concept will soon find its way onto the high street too, whether Appresso or a similar design. It turns espresso drinking into a whole new interactive experience.

Samsung Galaxy Concept Flexi Phone

If you’ve heard of the Origami mobile phone, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where this concept Samsung Android phone is heading. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Origami mobile phone, it’s basically a phone that’s made of cardboard and folds flat when not in use. Solves the issue of ever-decreasing storage.

The Samsung concept Flexi phone, if it ever reaches production, is set to solve more than just one problem. Besides being a space saver, and possibly slim enough to fit within the folds of an oversized wallet, this Android phone would also be the only answer you’d need concerning stands and holders. If you bend it in half it becomes a bedside alarm clock, photo frame or mini TV, fold at both sides and it will sit neatly on your car dashboard, making GPS more accessible.

Samsung has developed a futuristic, fully flexible graphene AMOLED display, which they showcased at CES 2011, that would make this astonishing Android phone a real possibility in the very near future. Full marks go to Haeseong Jee and Haeyon You who designed this beautiful idea for Samsung Talent Program, at Hongik University. This is one prediction we would like to put our money on. In 20 years from now, we imagine that flexible mobile phones will be the only mobile phones in the shops.

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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices

Besides the never-ending conveyor belt of smarter and smarter Android phones that appear with consistent regularity, making it nigh on impossible to own the very latest in Android technology, there’s a lesser-known group of Android phones and gadgets you probably haven’t heard of or even imagined.

This particular breed of Android belongs in the ‘weird and wonderful category. Oddities. Sometimes a one-off. A few are still a concept not yet developed, a seed in the mind of eccentric techno wizards. Most will likely never set foot on UK soil. But here’s to wishful thinking.

Below Heavenly Android takes a look at the wackiest Android handsets and gadgets in existence… or not!

Samsung W899

Samsung W899 is probably the world’s first Android flip-phone (clamshell) touting two screens. Although Kyocera Echo is taking the credit for being the world’s first dual-screen Android phone, technically Samsung beat Kyocera to it in 2010 with this Android phone that was only available in China.

An Android touchscreen graced the front of the phone, flip it open and you found a second Android touchscreen. Whether your phone was open or closed Android was always at your fingertips.

Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo, while not the weirdest of the bunch – but rather the world’s only dual-screen smartphone – deserves a place in this list nevertheless. A dual-screen is nothing new of course. We are all familiar with Nintendo DS, and we’re also aware of Sony Tablet P dual-screen Android tablet and its hefty price tag of £589.00. Whether dual screens are your thing is a matter of taste but there’s no doubt that they have their advantages.

Kyocera Echo has its own unique set of optimized apps that you can use simultaneously and you can also open two separate browsers at the same time, useful for research and comparison purposes. Gaming will also take on a new dimension, once dual-core is in the mix.

Two 3.5-inch WVGA screens combine to give you 4.7 inches of usability. The rest of the specs are rather run-of-the-mill and include a 5 MP rear camera, but no front snapper, microSD up to 32 GB, Flash 10.1, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor…

Released on the sprint in the USA on 17th April 2011, it was hoped that we would also see it released here in the UK. As yet we are still waiting and hoping.

Hasbro Nexus Robot

Hasbro collaborated with Google and created one of the most adorable robot/Android devices to date. Developed for use with Nexus S, this curiosity is a part robot, part Android. Once Nexus S is docked, the Android brain fuses with the strange but cute robotic frames, creating a robot with its own individual personality.

These cheeky little critters waddle around on ski-like feet and respond to the environment surrounding them, and the information they already have stored. A combination of sensors, camera, and touchscreen gives the robot its eyes and ears to the world.

They respond to stimuli such as shaking and tickling with virtual emotions and even recognize people already captured on the Nexus camera and know whether they are friends or enemies.

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IDAPT - A Truly Universal Docking Speaker
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IDAPT – A Truly Universal Docking Speaker

The days of suffering for Android users are numbered. Until now, unless you were the owner of an Apple product, where accessories are abundant, there were few accessories to consider for your Android smartphone. Thankfully, over the past few months, fun and useful Android gadgets/accessories have begun to emerge into this fast-growing market. Universal Android docking speakers however have been hard to source. Philips Fidelio has a range of Android docking speakers, but until now, this was your only option.

Now there is a new universal Android docking speaker to broaden your choice. IDAPT announced a truly universal Bluetooth stereo docking speaker at CES 2012, which if it delivers what it promises, is about to solve an issue for many households. IDAPT S1 docking speaker is as the title of our post states, truly universal. Thanks to IDAPT’s patented interchangeable tip system, no matter if your smart device is Android, Blackberry, or Apple, a smartphone or tablet, and supports Bluetooth, this docking speaker will work for you. A truly innovative concept!

Designed in a retro fashion, IDAPT S1 features a clock with alarm, FM radio tuner, and Bluetooth 2.0 audio. Although specs are a little scanty, with no info concerning speaker watts, IDAPT S1 promises to fill a room full of rich audio, and get the party started!

You can charge two devices simultaneously, whether it’s an iPhone and HTC Sensation XE, or a Blackberry Playbook and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. an LCD display on the top of the docking speaker allows you to easily manage and control IDAPT S1’s functions, and an additional LCD display located on the front allows access to basic functions.

Here at Heavenly Android, we’re very excited about this product that comes from a company that specializes in mobile technology solutions, such as quality universal chargers like IDAPT i4, which allows multiple devices to be charged at one time. IDAPT S1 will certainly save much-needed money, serving most devices within a family with both charging and music facilities.

UK Price & Release Date:

There are no specifics regarding the UK price and release date although we will be sure to give you the info the minute we have the details. Due for release in the USA around February with an expected price tag of $150 USD which converts to a very reasonable £96 GBP give or take a little vat.

Take a look at the cool video below:

Specs include:

  • Full range loudspeakers
  • Stereo 2.0 sound
  • Bluetooth 2.0 audio
  • Band: 2.4 GHz / Response Bandwidth: 20-20000 Hz
  • Dual universal docking charger with IDAPT interchangeable tips
  • Built-in USB charging port
  • Stereo class D audio power amplifier
  • Auxiliary input to connect an additional audio source
  • Compatibility includes Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook, Blackberry Playbook, Blackberry smartphones and mobile phones, Android smartphones as well as many cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks.

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Android Powered Gadgets Announced at CES 

As anticipated, CES 2012 was awash with Android gizmos and gadgetry. The floor was a sea of Android tablets touting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and quad-core processors, not to mention mountains of high spec Android phones. Not only was there news of smartphones and tablets to expect in 2012 however, but there was also a whole bunch of other nifty Android devices to look forward to, including smart cameras and smartwatches.

As 2011 ended we were already well aware that 2012 would be the year of the camera phone; we say camera phone as the very essence of these devices is the camera and the phone seems almost secondary. About time too. Although smartphone cameras have been continually improving, there has still been a need to have a secondary dedicated camera. Up until now!

The first camera phone on the horizon at the end of last year was Panasonic Lumix 101P. We still have a while to wait before this one is released in the UK (Easter maybe?), but it’s safe to say that its specs are impressive throughout.

Announced at CES was Sony’s first solo venture into Android (without their usual partner ‘Ericsson’),  Sony Xperia S. As smartphones go, this one certainly packs a punch in the camera stakes, boasting a fantastic 12 MP beastie.

CES, however, unveiled a new Android phenomenon, the Android Smart Camera. Kodak’s Polaroid SC1630 smart camera was unveiled at CES 2012.

Similarly, last year saw a few smartwatches making their way onto the Android market, including the rather impressive and bringing i’mWatch. Since then Android smartwatches seem to be the new buzzword in a useful fashion, and Sony Ericsson announced their own at CES. Are they all they’re cracked up to be? We’ll just have to see.

Kodak Polaroid SC1630 Android Camera Phone

Whether Polaroid SC1630 is a dual Android smart camera/smartphone remains to be seen. The confusion seems to surround this Kodak product that was announced at CES. The main consensus seems to veer towards it being purely a smart camera at this point, with the advantage of Android and Android apps. We’re sure, even if it is the case that there’s no phone on this smart camera, we’re sure the added benefit of Android (think Netflix, Angry Birds, etc) will more than suffice the avid photographer… just don’t forget your smartphone.

Smart Camera Specs

Whether Polaroid SC1630 is a camera phone or simply a camera, it’s exciting to see a little healthy competition emerging on the smart camera front, in the form of Kodak’s Polaroid SC1630. As well as packing a hugely impressive – for those of you where every pixel counts – 16 MP CCD sensor, it’s also one of the only phones to have optical zoom onboard its camera. 3x optical zoom on a 36-108 mm lens to be precise.

It isn’t hard to see where the confusion arises from, as Polaroid SC1630 looks like any other smartphone, albeit with one hell of snapper on the rear, and has a 3.2-inch capacitive home screen and notification bar. In other words, other than the lack of a phone, it’s used in just the same way as an Android phone.

Upload all of your photos to Facebook etc with just the click of a button. There is a microSD memory card slot, up to 32 GB, to store your treasured pics too.

Weirdly, there seems to be no 3G support on Polaroid SC1630, but rather an EDGE, and video recording may be limited to only 720p. There is, however, full WiFi connectivity which allows you to download Android apps from over 40,000 in Google Android Market.

It’s also seeming unlikely that Polaroid SC1630 will come armed with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

It is expected that Polaroid SC1630 will be released sometime in 2012, although exact dates and prices are as yet unknown. We’re sure there will be plenty of keen snappers salivating at this news! Take a look at the YouTube video below courtesy of AndroidCentral.

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