If you've ever wished your smartphone or tablet could charge faster when connected via a computer or the car, then wish no more. For the right pledge, you can get your hands on the DouBBleTime, a USB charging cable that promises to do just that.
When it comes to powering our devices, micro USB is the current standard for Android. The issue (which we’re reminded of when toying with the new HTC One) is that the cable and plug are directional. Unlike the Lightning cable found on iOS devices, we have to angle the charging cable on our Android devices just right. A new standard aims to end that, though, as the USB Implementers Forum is introducing USB 3.1.
We've seen various external storage solutions for mobile devices, and it looks like another has since been unveiled. Leef Technology has released the Leef Access, which is a dongle that makes use of an existing microSD memory card and then plugs into your Android smartphone using a microUSB connection.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been announced this morning. Essentially, this is a flash drive with a microUSB port on one end, and a regular sized USB port on the other. The drive works in connection with the SanDisk Memory Zone app, and is touted as being "the easiest way to free up space on your phone or tablet." With that in mind, the folks at SanDisk sent a unit over in advance, which means we have already had a bit of hands-on time.
Dell has just announced the retail availability of its ultra-mobile pocket-sized computer, the Wyse Cloud Connect. Bridging thin clients and mobile devices, this new breed of device delivers a set of virtualization and remote desktop features that makes this small gadget ideal for both enterprise and personal use.
We got a look at the Leef Bridge way back in June. As a reminder, this is a small device that has USB and microUSB ports along with some storage allowing users to move files between a regular computer and smartphone or tablet. And well, we often see products evolve and in this case, the Leef Bridge has hit version 3.0 with a few key improvements.
With a good week or two left before the rumored end of year production schedule, Toshiba has announced the availability of its TransferJet product. This pair of USB and micro-USB sticks is supposed to be Toshiba's answer to the problem of quick and easy transfer of files between a mobile device and a computer, but it has its own quirks that might make it even less feasible.
Next month, Sony will be releasing a new kind of USB flash drive that is designed to fit all your file transferring needs, literally. This 2-in-1 USB drive has connectors that fit both micro and regular USB ports. And it's made to be Android-friendly to boot.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: a ubiquitous smartphone charger is set to change, and won’t work with legacy devices. Instead, an adapter can be purchased to give that reverse functionality. The updated charger is said to bring charging and data transfer improvements, and will be the standard moving forward.
One of the purposes of standards, at least the good ones, is to codify existing practices, instead of turning a blind eye to what everyone else is doing, even if it wasn't the initial intention. That does seem to be the case here with a new USB PD (Power Delivery) standard that will, in a way, revolutionize something unrelated to the original purpose of USB: charging our electronic devices.