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HyperDrive is a combo USB-C hub, stand, and Qi charger on Kickstarter (and it’s already funded)

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Usually, we aren't too into Kickstarter stuff here at AP. No small number of crowdfunded endeavors have failed to materialize in the past, and too many of them are merely rebadged OEM goods. But in this brave new dongle-filled world, the HyperDrive has caught our eye. It's a combo USB-C hub, Qi charger, and phone stand all in one. And, unlike many Kickstarter promises, this one has already hit its funding goal.

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HyperDrive is a combo USB-C hub, stand, and Qi charger on Kickstarter (and it's already funded) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Remember when dreaming about modular electronics was all the rage? Even Google got caught up in the fantasy for a little while. Project Ara's notion of a modular smartphone might be dead for now, but there's still a smartwatch with interchangeable components to capture our attention in 2018. Blocks raised $1.6 in a Kickstarter campaign that ended way back in 2015, and there must have been concerns that the product would never make it into production.

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Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

For those of you who haven't heard about it, PowerUp makes smartphone-controlled paper airplanes. They're relatively inexpensive, with a basic PowerUp 3.0 costing $24.99, and they work pretty well which has led to them becoming incredibly popular. The last time PowerUp used Kickstarter to launch a product, it closed on $1.2m after asking for only $50,000. This time around, the goal is just $25,000. It's not hard to see where this is going.

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PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Aire’ is a hovering robot with Alexa that will definitely scare your pets

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Robots on Kickstarter or Indiegogo usually are slow-moving and expensive products, with little or no real utility. I don't think 'Aire' is anything different, but it's certainly... special. For $699 (or $749, once the base tier runs out), you can have the privilege of owning a hovering upside-down lampshade with the Alexa voice assistant built-in.

Aire claims to be "the world's first intelligent robotic home assistant capable of autonomous flight." Functionality-wise, it's essentially a drone with the propellers covered by a shroud (so little Timmy doesn't get wounded when he runs into it).

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'Aire' is a hovering robot with Alexa that will definitely scare your pets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

“Frank.” isn’t just a phone, it’s a phony

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The Android enthusiast community has always been hungry for phones that offer a flagship experience at a low cost. That's why people still mourn Google's Nexus program a year later, despite numerous hardware problems over the years (I should know, my 5 and 5X both died unexpectedly after about a year). And despite OnePlus' many misfires over the years, the company's phones are still praised.

Two entrepreneurs from Canada have been working on the "Frank." phone (which I will refer to as simply 'Frank').

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"Frank." isn’t just a phone, it’s a phony was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jide Technology shifting away from consumer market, Remix OS discontinued

Monday, July 17th, 2017

There have been plenty of attempts to make Android a desktop operating system, with most of them not being very good. Jide Technology burst onto the scene with a Surface Pro clone running the company's own 'Remix OS' ROM in 2015, and later released a small desktop PC as well as a version of Remix OS for standard x86-based PCs.

Jide has posted a statement to its various social media profiles, explaining that the company is shifting away from consumer products:

Over the past year, we received an increasing number of inquiries from enterprises in various industries, and began helping them build great tools for their organizations by leveraging Jide software and hardware.

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Jide Technology shifting away from consumer market, Remix OS discontinued was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds by Anker blasts through its Kickstarter goal

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The main reason headphone jacks remain a staple of most phones is because they work. There's no pairing and re-paring, or worrying about how much longer the batteries in your earbuds will last. Anker's new "apprentice brand," Zolo, is trying to make Bluetooth earbuds without any compromises. The Kickstarter for Zolo's Liberty+ earbuds was revealed yesterday, and it has already passed its funding goal ten times over.

Zolo is making bold claims about the Liberty+, including "breathtaking audio fidelity" (thanks to coating the audio driver with Graphene), and a "virtually-unbreakable" Bluetooth connection (by using an LDS antenna).

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Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds by Anker blasts through its Kickstarter goal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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